PM Tsipras meets Martin Schulz for talks focusing on Greece’s debt

The need to adhere to agreements regarding the sustainability of Greece’s debt was the central message during a meeting between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and European Parliament President Martin Schulz held on Thursday, shortly before the start of the European Council’s first session, government sources said.

Tsipras raised the issue of the debt and said the Greek government intended to wrap up the second review of the Greek programme quickly and within deadlines, the sources added. The Greek prime minister also pointed out that completion of the second review was linked to the May agreement on Greece’s debt, expressing his desire that a solution shall be found by the end of this year that will make the debt sustainable.

The sources reported that Schulz appeared open to Greek positions and noted that the European Parliament, especially the Economic Affairs and Employment Committees, have helped to promote the discussion on the debt and will continue to do so.

Tsipras is scheduled to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday morning, while sources said that meetings on the sidelines of the summit will also take place with French President Francois Hollande and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.