Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and EU Commissioner for Economic and Monetary Affairs Pierre Moscovici agreed Greece and the institutions are very close to an agreement on the second program review, during a meeting at Maximos Mansion on Monday.
Speaking in front of the cameras, Tsipras said “we are very close to a deal” noting that the country faces challenges as the first EU country in southeast Europe that concern security and refugee flows. “This is why I believe it is now more crucial than ever to take courageous decisions for all sides,” he said adding: “We have already shown our will and now we expect our partners to do the same.”
He said the aim is to become part of the solution in Europe instead of part of a problem, adding “we are no longer discussing about a Grexit” but on the contrary “we want it to be a success story for Greece, Eurozone and Europe as a whole.”
“We have already achieved impressive results and now it is the right time to make the necessary efforts to ensure that Greece will recover rapidly,” he said.
Moscovici said talks on Greek debt must start noting that an important milestone will be the Eurogroup on December 5, which should open the road to a comprehensive solution, which would be good for both Greece and the Eurozone.
“I think we are very close to an agreement. We had a very successful first program review and the second is underway,” he told the prime minister, adding that as long as Greece implements the reforms, the EU will also do the same.
The EU Commissioner said the Eurogroup on December 5 is crucial, but warned debt talks will not conclude in one meeting. Instead, they will open the way for a comprehensive solution in the interests of Greece and the Eurozone.
This is the time for Greece to reap the benefits of its efforts with growth, investments and jobs for the people of Greece, who he said he knew how much they have suffered. “Greece absolutely has the ability to recover and deserves our trust,” he said.