Member of the European Commission responsible for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
Statement on the Greek situation
At the occasion of Commissioner Damanaki's official visit to Greece and her meeting with President of Greek Republic, Mr Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Mr George Papandreou
Athens, 4 March 2010.
Greece finds itself confronted with a very difficult situation and is to committed to control it and to be ready to face the future.
We are all aware of this.
The European Commission is not here to punish Greece, but to help the Greek people working together with the Greek government to get successfully out of this difficult situation.
As all European Commissioners, I intend to be a positive part of this common effort. Together we have to and we shall succeed.
Greece is confronted with a very difficult situation but the road out if this is strongly embedded in Europe. There is no future, no viable solution for the actual situation beyond the Eurozone and the European Union. The euro is more than a currency alone, it is Europe's answer to globalization, now strongly linked to Europe's identity. The euro is a great achievement for Greece.
The proud history of Greece and its future is strongly based and interlinked with the European project and the European Institutions.
Therefore, the Greek efforts need to be framed within the European process.
As the European Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries coming from Greece I will work in a dedicated manner in the area's within the reach of my portfolio to improve the daily lives of our citizens.
The solutions have to be found at home in Greece, but also in the framework of a well functioning economic governance across the Eurozone and the European Union. This is in line with the decision of the EU2020 Strategy which was adopted by the European Commission yesterday .