Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his top ministers discussed on Wednesday the government’s position for the upcoming visit of the European Parliament President Martin Schulz and Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem who will be arriving in Athens on Thursday and Friday respectively.
The meeting took place at the government headquarters in Maximos Mansion and was attended by government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis and Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister George Stathakis.
Concerning the meeting with Dijsselbloem, Dragasakis said, “We will present him our views on how Greece will get out of the dead end and how Europe will disengage from this situation.”
Asked about the banks, Dragasakis said the state will exercise its rights but will not hurt the interests of private stock holders. “The government’s aim is to strengthen the banks. Everything will be decided through public consultation.”
Commenting on another question about the halted privatisations, he said: “It is logical for those investors who had invested in those privatisations to change their plans,” he said and added Greece is not an impoverished country but a country where there are plenty of opportunities for investments.
Discussing the upcoming negotiations with the troika, he said that since Sunday, Greece is a country with its own voice and opinions, just like other countries and this is why the government is talking about a consultation. “No bravado, no mutual blackmails.”
Dragasakis also noted that the ministers of economy and finance are at the disposal of investors so that they will not be misled by misinformation from those who have selfish motives.
Tsipras is scheduled to meet Schulz at Maximos Mansion at 14:30, while on Friday, Schulz will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.