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Samaras: The Greek economy is restarting

Samaras: The Greek economy is restarting

Letta acknowledged the positive results achieved by the Greek government - Common front for Greece, Italy, Malta against illegal immigration - High on the agenda the unemployment issue as well

Letta acknowledged the positive results achieved by the Greek government - Common front for Greece, Italy, Malta against illegal immigration - High on the agenda the unemployment issue as well

"The Greek economy is restarting after years of crisis. The main challenge now for Europe and Greece is to achieve growth," Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said after the meeting in Rome with his counterpart Enrico Letta.

Samaras said this "joint action with Italy is very important" as the two countries will have successively the EU presidency in 2014, for Europe to change direction. He added that the bilateral cooperation is important for the EU to proceed with the change in its policy to address the phenomenon of illegal immigration.

Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta acknowledged the significant efforts and the positive results achieved by Greece in response to the economic crisis but declined to expand on issues of economic policy in Europe. He reported extensively in the immigration issue noting that tackling illegal immigration will be one of the main talking points of the European Council on October 24 and 25, following the wave of immigrants who have arrived in Italy in recent months and the series of deadly shipwrecks off the country’s coasts.

Letta said that the main aim is to strengthen the Frontex force for surveillance in the European borders, the activation of the EuroSur program and that the Italian military humanitarian mission Mare Nostrum is to be completed on December 2. He added that the main theme will be to review the procedures for granting political asylum.

Measures to deal with the immigration issue


The Greek premier discussed the taking of measures to tackle illegal immigration that affects mostly southern European countries with both Letta in Rome and earlier in Malta with Joseph Muscat.

After the meeting with Letta Samaras’ colleagues said that "for the first time the three countries, as well as others that are in cooperation, put illegal immigration as a real threat that could destabilize our countries and seek measures that even reach the repatriation immigrants." They noted that the campaign starts now and will escalate until December (after that starts the Greek Presidency in the EU).
    


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