European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso is due in Athens on Thursday, July 26th, 2012 for talks with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. It will be Barroso’s first visit to Greece after three years and two bailouts. Last visit of Barroso to Athens was in 2009, when he attended the inauguration of the new Acropolis Museum.
A spokesperson for Barroso said that he and Samaras were to discuss the economic situation in Greece and in Europe as a whole. He added that the visit was not an emergency decision but part of Barroso’s regular contacts with European leaders.
Barroso will not be accompanied by other European officials and he is scheduled to meet only with PM Samaras, eventually with Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras, as some Greek media report.
Barroso is not expected to meet with the two other coalition govenrment partners, Venizelos (PASOK) and Kouvelis (Democratic Left).
Greek government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou said that Samaras had a telephone conversation with Barroso on Tuesday morning and that the tow men agreed to meet in Athens.
The meeting is due on Thursday morning, before Samaras will meet the Troika representatives, currently in Greece to inspect fiscal progress and deficit targets.