Juncker Meets with Tsipras, Notes Progress in Greek Reforms

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, May 26, 2016, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker speaks during a press conference in Shima, central Japan, Thursday, May 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, FILE)

ATHENS – European Commission President Jean Claude Juncker and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras met on June 21 to discuss the progress that Athens has made in implementing its reforms, ANA-MPA reported.

“The first time we met, the conditions were much more difficult than today, because Greece was not on the right track and Europe had made mistakes,” Juncker said, ANA reported, but “today, Greece is on the right track, the results are encouraging, even unemployment is falling, though not yet satisfactory.”

He added that the Greek government and people ought to have a true ownership of the implemented programs, and emphasized the need for the Commission to work with Greece to ensure a bright future for its youth, ANA reported, necessitating a well-organized state in order to make that happen.

Juncker added that “an outside observer can hardly understand the cost that each Greek had to pay,” he stated and underlined that nobody should offend the Greeks. “I ask for respect to the dignity of the Greeks.

“The European Commission is a friend of Greece, I am a friend of Greece.”