Greek finance minister to begin round of talks with EU officials‏

varoufakis2Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis on Friday begins a round of talks with a number of his European counterparts and officials from international financial organisations.

His first meeting will be with Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem who is visiting Athens on Friday. Ministry officials said the talks marked the beginning of a consultation between Greece and its partners which would lead to a sustainable, integrated agreement for the reconstruction of the country’s social economy, in the framework of an evolving Europe.

The Greek finance minister will travel to London on Monday, February 2, for talks with his British counterpart George Osborne. The meeting will focus on the start of a close cooperation between the two countries on issues of mutual, European interest. Varoufakis will also meet with officials from the City of London. On Monday afternoon, the Greek FinMin will meet in Paris with his French counterpart Michel Sapin and the Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron, with the latter officially declaring that a renegotiation of the Greek debt, demanded by the Greek government, was legitimate.

The Greek finance minister will travel to Rome on Tuesday, February 3, to meet with his Italian counterpart Pier Carlo Padoan, to exchange views over the macro-economic course of the Eurozone.

Meanwhile, Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the OECD, has accepted an invitation from Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and will visit Athens in February 11 to discuss “with the economic team the government’s proposals over radical reforms, to offer his good services on the issue and to express his experience of maximum public debt renegotiation practices as Finance minister of Mexico.”

The finance ministry, in an announcement, said that “the new government was working methodically, in cooperation with its European partners and international agencies such as the OECD, for stability, reforms and the prospect of immediately overcoming the self-reinforcing crisis”.