Speaking in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, Greek Prime minister Antonis Samaras said that Greece managed to conclude 67 pieces of legislation 'in a presidency that lasted only four months ' and "with a minimal budget of which not more than 40% was finally spent".
Greece's EU presidency will contribute to the European integration of the Western Balkans, promoting transport and energy infrastructure. Belgrade has expressed hope that Athens will promote enlargement, despite it not being one of its key priorities. EURACTIV Greece and EURACTIV Serbia report.
By January 2014 Greece will be much closer to exiting the sovereign debt crisis than today - and its EU Presidency will be organised in the best possible way, Dimitris Kourkoulas, the Greek deputy foreign minister told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
The Greek Presidency is expected to make important progress on four issues: the reinvigoration of the European Research Area, the "Erasmus World" and e-learning programmes and the promotion of benchmarks for education.
The Danish EU Presidency has completed the accession negotiations with ten Central and Eastern European countries, liberalisation of the gas and electricity markets, a single European sky and new rules for food safety.