Barroso and Samaras discuss Greek EU presidency (Łódź) - Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras and EU Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso held a joint press conference in Brussels today during which they spoke about the state of the European economy and the challenges for the upcoming Greek EU presidency.

Barroso said that Greece had made good progress and that it could “look to the future with more confidence.” He expressed hope that during its EU presidency, which starts on 1 January next year, the country would help boost trade in the area.

The Greek PM on the other hand assured that it would not be a “presidency of crisis” but rather one opening new possibilities. He listed stimulating employment growth, advancement towards the banking union, migration and sea policy as the most important issues on the presidency´s agenda.

He also said that bailout negotiations with the Troika should be finalized before the end of the year and emphasized that the Greek people have already made a lot of sacrifices.