ECONOMY

Fixing Greece’s image at home and abroad

Prime Minister George Papandreou is seen here during his visit yesterday to the New York Stock Exchange, which took place at the same time that European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund representatives were meeting with top officials at the Labor Ministry in Athens. The meeting in Athens went well, according to sources, as optimism was expressed regarding the progress of social security reforms. The key issue of arbitration between employers and employees will be dealt with next month by the ministry, which is hoping to reach a solution based on consensus. The thorny point that Greece’s international lenders are pressing for, the upgrading of corporate contracts compared to sector-level contracts, will be discussed at the next meeting between the EC-ECB-IMF troika and the Labor Ministry.