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Greek PM Mitsotakis Holds Video Conference ahead of Eurogroup

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Greek PM Mitsotakis Holds Video Conference ahead of Eurogroup. (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Dimitris Papamitsos)

ATHENS - Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Tuesday had a video conference in preparation for Tuesday's Eurogroup with Finance Minister Christos Staikouras, Deputy Minister to the prime minister responsible for the coordination of the government's work Akis Skertsos, Deputy Minister to the prime minsiter and government spokesperson Stelios Petsas, the director of the prime minister's Economic Bureau Alexis Patelis, the head of Council of Economic Experts and Greece's representative to the EuroWorking Group, Mihalis Argyros, and the head of prime minister's diplomatic bureau, Eleni Sourani.

According to government sources, Greece intends to continue pushing for an EU-issued 'corona-bond' at Tuesday's virtual Eurogroup, in line with a request made at the EU summit by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other European leaders, as an expression of solidarity with the countries that have been most stricken by the coronavirus crisis and in support of the common European vision.

The same sources said that it is a form of "support capable of persuading European citizens and the markets that Europe has the will and the means to do whatever is takes to deal with the repercussions of the coronavirus on the economies of its member-states."

Greece will also support the European Commission's proposal for a programme to support labour, the workforce and the unemployed, as well as a proposal for the support of enterprises via the European Investment Bank.

Regarding the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), Greece will go to meeting with the firm position that a solution must be common and able to meet the demands of the present conjuncture, the sources said. Greece had repeatedly expressed the position, they added, that "in this crisis, the EU must demonstrate decisiveness and solidarity".

PM Mitsotakis chairs video conference on new town planning bill

Earlier today, a video conference chaired by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was held on Tuesday at the Maximos Mansion, regarding the new town planning bill that will be presented to the Cabinet in April. The meeting formed part of the effort to prepare the transition to the post-pandemic phase.

According to government sources, the draft bill is a major legislative measure that will strive resolve long-standing issues and aims at the creation of a stable, simple and uniform framework of rules for the entire country, which offers transparency and legal security to investors and citizens.

Participating in the meeting were Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, State Minister Giorgos Gerapetritis, Deputy Environment and Energy Minister Dimitris Economou, Deputy Minister to the prime minister responsible for the coordination of the government's work Akis Skertsos, the prime minister's general secretary Grigoris Dimitriadis, the general secretary for town planning Efthymios Bakoyiannis and the general secretary for the coordination of economic and development issues Vicky Loizou.