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”.