The Greek government is “well prepared” to assume the rotating presidency of the European Union, the head of the EU’s Parliament, Martin Schulz said on Tuesday after a meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Athens.
Schulz said that Greece’s assumption of the presidency is a “good opportunity to prove that there are no different categories in the EU and that all member states have equal rights.”
He added that tackling soaring youth unemployment in the bloc will be one of the top priorities in the coming year.
In the joint press conference following his meeting with Schulz, Samaras said that the crisis in Europe “will make it stronger, just as its founders envisioned.”
“Europe is not an untenable dream. It is the path that will lead us out of the crisis, it is our shared destiny, which we must achieve by putting emphasis on the things that unite us,” the Greek prime minister said.
Schulz also spoke to members of the government and is due to meet with Greek President Karolos Papoulias later in the day.