Moscovici calls on Mitsotakis not to undermine Eurogroup’s deal on Greece

EU Commissioner for Economic Affairs Pierre Moscovici - Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

EurActiv –EU Economics Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has called on Greek conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis not to undermine the credibility of Greece’s deal with the Eurogroup and the exit of the country from the bailout “for reasons of internal politics”, a source close to the Commissioner told EURACTIV.com.

“The Commissioner invited him [Mr Mitsotakis] not to undermine the credibility of the 21 June agreement, which is good for Greece and its future, for reasons of internal politics,” the source emphasised.

On 22 June, the Eurogroup reached a “historic” deal on debt relief for Greece, clearing the last political hurdle to conclude its rescue programme after a series of bailouts lasting more than eight years.

On Tuesday, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis urged Moscovici to “be careful” when praising the Greek government in public and talking about a “clean exit” from the bailout.

Moscovici visited Greece on 3 July and told MPs that the bailout programmes were over for Greek people who could look forward to a new era.

“Greece will walk with the partners next to her, but will be free and autonomous,” Moscovici told the Greek Parliament.