Athens backs Moscovici for major European Commission post

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras held talks with former French finance minister Pierre Moscovici in Athens on Wednesday. Moscovici also met with deputy PM Evangelos Venizelos, finance minister Gikas Hardouvelis and development minister Nikos Dendias.

Moscovici, who will be France’s new European Commissioner, appears to be a strong candidate to take over the economic and monetary affairs portfolio from Olli Rehn. Following the Athens talks, Moscovici secured the backing of the Greek government in his bid to for the economic and monetary affairs position.

Talks with Antonis Samaras also focused on issues regarding the Greek and euro zone economies. Policies promoting growth and the imminent negotiation on Greek debt relief were also thoroughly discussed, according to sources. Samaras chaired a meeting later on Wednesday with the ministers that will be travelling to Paris for the Greek government’s talks with troika officials next week.

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(Pierre Moscovici. Photo: Philippe Grangeaud via Parti socialiste/