OPINION

Unnecessary delays

When Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and his coalition government ministers visit Brussels, they meet with top European officials who tend to express their willingness to do everything in their power to help Greece get back on the road to growth.

However, what has been observed in a number of instances is that European Union bureaucrats are moving in an entirely different direction by delaying crucial decisions and turning relatively straightforward matters into complicated ones.

There have been marked delays in decisions regarding the future of Greek banks and the completion of major public works projects.

The point is that the country is in a very tight spot and the Commission ought to finally agree to certain emergency procedures and exemptions put forward by the Greek government which would allow for a number of issues of major importance that are still pending to finally be unblocked.

There is not a minute to waste.