Amélie de Montchalin, Minister of State for European Affairs, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, received Miltiadis Varvitsiotis, Greece’s Deputy Minister responsible for European Affairs, on February 26.
This meeting built on the meeting between President Macron and Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Paris on January 29 and the frequent discussions between the minister and his counterpart, Nikos Dendias. It was aimed at strengthening the European dimension of the rapprochement between France and Greece decided upon during these meetings.
Amélie de Montchalin and Miltiadis Varvitsiotis took stock of major current European issues, following on from the European Council on February 20 and the General Affairs Council on February 25. They notably discussed the status of negotiations on the European budget, the rule of law, the conference on the future of Europe and Mediterranean issues, regarding which France and Greece have a strong convergence of views.
They also discussed EU enlargement to the Western Balkans, while France and Greece support the reform of the accession process proposed by the Commission in order to make it more credible, rigorous and reversible. Migration issues were discussed: Our two countries have committed to a European solution based on solidarity and responsibility and France has strengthened its bilateral support for Greece given the migration emergency facing the country.
The two ministers also discussed bilateral relations between France and Greece and the follow-up to the meeting between President Macron and the Greek prime minister, which set out clear strategic and security perspectives with respect to the regional crises, notably in Libya and in the eastern Mediterranean, as well the economic partnership.