EU leaders Wednesday night in a ceremony in Athens officially inaugurated the six-month Greek Presidency of the EU, stressing the support of Brussels for Greece to overcome its economic and political crisis.
“Greece takes over the rotating Presidency of the Council in a particularly challenging moment. Two years ago, many were betting on a Greek exit of the euro, an implosion of our common currency, and possible disintegration of the EU,” President of the European Commission, Jose Manuel Barroso, said.
“The very fact that we are here in Athens today celebrating the beginning of the Greek presidency – of a full member of the European Union and a full member of the euro area – is clear evidence that those predictions were wrong, ” he added.
“We are, generally speaking, emerging from recession and I hope that this year Greece will get out of the recession,” Barroso stressed.