Bilateral relations, energy cooperation and migration dominate Mitsotakis-Meloni meeting

The deepening and expansion of the already strong Greek-Italian relations, particularly in the economy and bilateral energy cooperation, were discussed during the working dinner of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with his Italian counterpart, Georgia Meloni, at the Maximos Mansion.During the working dinner, joint initiatives both bilaterally and within the EU in areas of mutual interest, and common challenges were also discussed.
On the migration issue, they agreed that an integrated European migration policy requires the guarding of the borders, as well as the need to combat smugglers’ networks and prevent departures from third countries.
Regarding the European agenda and the discussion on the new fiscal rules, Mitsotakis underlined that this should at least concern the exclusion of defense costs from the estimates of the deficits of the EU member states. The prime minister and his Italian counterpart agreed on convening the Supreme Council of Cooperation between Greece and Italy in the first half of 2024 in Italy.