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Greek EU Presidency: Full Throttle
Greece officially assumed the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union on January 1, 2014, a role it will hold for six months and is holding for the fifth time since joining the European Economic Community in 1981. In statements in Brussels, where he presented the country's presidency priorities, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said last month, "Greece begins the EU presidency with positive results, a primary surplus and an expected revival ahead. It will be a presidency of hope for a more expansive and improved Europe."
Samaras will be presenting the goals that have been set for the Greek Presidency of the EU during an official ceremony at Zappeion Hall on January 8. The ceremony will be attended by the college of EU commissioners. After the ceremony, they will take part in an inaugural meeting.