Venize­los’s first mis­sion

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Fi­nance Min­is­ter Evan­ge­los Venize­los joined his eu­ro­zone coun­ter­parts in Lux­em­bourg yes­ter­day to dis­cuss the sched­uled re­lease of the lat­est tranche of emer­gency fund­ing to Greece, val­ued at 12 bil­lion eu­ros, as talks con­tinue about the likely cre­ation of a sec­ond bailout pack­age for the debt-rid­den coun­try.

Ahead of yes­ter­day’s talks, Venize­los sought to strike a pos­i­tive note. “It is a great op­por­tu­nity for me to re­peat the strong com­mit­ment of the Greek gov­ern­ment and the strong will of the Greek peo­ple for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­gram,” he told re­porters, refer­ing to a new raft of aus­ter­ity mea­sures due to be voted on in Par­lia­ment by the end of the month.

As­sum­ing of­fice last Fri­day from out­go­ing min­is­ter Ge­orge Pa­pa­con­stanti­nou, Venize­los had sug­gested that he would ask his eu­ro­zone coun­ter­parts to ap­prove some changes to the pack­age aimed at of­fer­ing a de­gree of “so­cial jus­tice.”

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