ROME – Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos met with his Italian counterpart Giulio Terzi to discuss the financial crises in the two countries that threatens to engulf the Eurozone, but also to talk about gas projects and business.
“Italians and Greeks have managed to survive because we are optimists. We were always able to overcome crises and tough times. We still proceed with structural reforms. We should change our system and make our economy more competitive,” Avramopoulos told an AMNA reporter. “The support of the people is very important and that’s exactly what we seek now in Greece,” he added.
Terzi stressed that both countries need to implement the austerity measures being insisted up by the European Union and said that Italy supports the Greek government during its struggle to bring the economy back to life. “The European family is facing the toughest economic crisis in its history. We have to do everything to reverse this catastrophic course,” Avramopoulos said. He added: “European partners should show solidarity and support to each other in regards to past mistakes.”
As for the energy sector, Avramopoulos said that the political framework has been set up concerning the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP,) designed to carry natural gas to the European market directly from the Caspian Sea. The Italian minister said it is “a strategic cooperation aiming to create very important infrastructure” and concluded that, “It is a top priority project in regards to bilateral relations with Greece.”