Greece a model of success, Barroso says in Dublin

The eurozone has overcome the crisis and Greece was an example of this success said European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso during a speech at the European People's Party (EPP) meeting in Dublin on Friday.

In his speech Barroso noted that while leading economists had predicted Greece’s eurozone exit a few years ago, Greece was not only a member but was currently presiding over the European Union.

Barroso hailed Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras's efforts and noted that under his leadership the country had succeeded in producing a primary surplus.

The European Commission chief was scheduled to travel to Athens onboard the Greek premier's plane on Friday evening in order to attend a two-day European Summit of Regions and Cities taking place in Athens over the weekend.