Letter by President Pavlopoulos to EU Council President Donald Tusk

Dear Mr. President,

I would like to inform you that following a request by the Prime Minister of Greece Mr. Alexis Tsipras, I called a meeting yesterday of the political leaders of the Parties of the Greek Parliament, in which a common declaration was adopted by all Parties except the Communist Party of Greece stating the following:

The recent vote of the Greek people in the referendum does not constitute a mandate to break away from the Euro zone, but a mandate to continue and strengthen the effort for attaining a socially just and economically viable agreement. The Government will assume  the responsibility of continuing negotiations, and every political leader will contribute to this effort on the basis of their institutional and political role.

The common goal, in this context, is the pursuit of a solution that will ensure:

-         Covering, sufficiently, the financial needs of the country

-         Credible reforms, based on a fair distribution of burdens and the promotion of growth, with as few recessionary consequences as possible

-         A strong, front-loaded developmental program, primarily oriented to confronting unemployment and encouraging entrepreneurship

-         A commitment to beginning a substantial discussion on confronting the problem of the viability of Greek public debt

The Political Leaders also underlined that the restoration of liquidity in the Greek banking system, in coordination with the ECB, constitutes an immediate priority.

The aforementioned consensual decision of most Greek Parliamentary parties constitutes a crucial opportunity for all euro zone partners to reach an economically and politically viable agreement.

I remain,

Sincerely yours,

H.E. Donald Tusk

President of the European Council

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