Top government officials meeting underway

Greece’s newly appointed central bank governor Yiannis Stournaras is present at the meeting between liberal New Democracy Prime Ministe Antonis Samaras and his socialist PASOK deputy Prime Minister Evangelos Venizelos that started at noon. Also present at the high-level meeting is Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis.

The top-level meeting will include an analysis of Mr. Hardouvelis meeting with the troika yesterday. The representatives of Greece’s bailout leaders expressed displeasure over media reports that state government intentions to negotiate on tax relief measures.

Mr. Hardouvelis’ two hour meeting devoted considerable time to discussing delays caused by the latest court decisions on “special public payrolls” concerning uniformed personnel, judges and others as well as delays in acting on bailout memorandum commitments.

The men are also expected to discuss the situation on developments regarding the Public Power Corporation’s part-privatization.