Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met yesterday afternoon at the Maximos mansion with PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis to discuss the next steps of the government.
Sources told Kathimerini the three leaders agreed to closer coordination but shunned the idea of a tripartite committee, preferring to give State Minister Dimitris Stamatis the task of consulting with ND’s partners over any new legislation.
PASOK’s Evangelos Venizelos described the talks as being part of an effort to “organize a new starting point” for the country. DIMAR chief Fotis Kouvelis said that the issue of a cabinet reshuffle and a change to the electoral law had not come up during the conversation.
Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras also attended the meeting, which he labeled “crucial.” On exiting the talks, he referred to government’s efforts. “The road is difficult and uphill,” he stressed.
As the meeting was taking place, Rating agency Standard & Poor’s raised Greece’s sovereign credit rating to B-minus with a stable outlook, from selective default.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras expressed his conviction that following the recent EU decisions, Greece is entering a new period of stability and growth, and that soon it will reap the fruit of its efforts, speaking yesterday after a broad meeting at the Agricultural Development ministry.
He said after the two-hour meeting that EUR 1.1 billion would be credited immediately to the bank accounts of farmers and animal breeders, which is the outstanding second half of their reinforcement, stressing his determination for “payments on time so that these will not be news but the rule of thumb”.
“Every crisis hides opportunities, and opportunities for investments in the agricultural sector are immense. We have excellent quality products and protected origin names that deservedly earn their place in the international markets, from Greek olive oil to feta cheese, to wines and fruit,” Samaras said.