Prime Minister Kyriacos Mitsotakis kicks off a series of meetings with Eurozone leaders today, with a visit to Paris for talks with French President Emmanuel Macron. At the end of the month, Mitsotakis will also meet with Angela Merkel in Berlin.
According to sources, the Greek premier will seek to send a strong message to counterparts that Greece has “turned a new page” following a protracted economic crisis and is now in place to sustain growth and continue to reform its economy.
Mitsotakis, who came to power in July with a strong pro-reform mandate, has made attracting investment a top priority. To this end, the PM will seek to convince Eurozone partners that they should put their trust in the country’s capabilities and prospects.
Ahead of the visit, the French presidency made clear that France will continue to support Greece, as it did during the crisis, in order to help boost investment and growth. Paris views the political, financial and strategic cooperation between the two countries as highly significant for the European Union and the wider region.
Local reports suggest Mitsotakis may bring up a long-standing Greek demand to reduce primary surplus targets in coming years. Aiming to convince the country’s creditors to agree, the Greek side will present its reform program for the next four years, while committing to achieve the surplus targets through to 2020.
During the Mitsotakis-Macron meeting, Athens will also be keen to get an endorsement of plans to gradually reduce the tax burden on Greek households and businesses, while at the same time slashing red tape and unblocking key investment projects.
Moreover, besides the economic front, issues regarding defense cooperation between Greece and France as well as security in the Mediterranean will also be on the agenda./ibna