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23 March, 1999
Prime Minister Costas Simitis will leave for Berlin today to represent Greece at the European Union's extraordinary summit.
According to government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, subsidies through EU funds, a major topic set to preoccupy the summit, will help in planning the country's future, while he expressed a conviction that at the Berlin summit "we will safeguard national interests."
Mr. Reppas said the agreement on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) achieved is absolutely fair and beneficial for Greek interests.
Replying to a question on the individual Greece will support for the European Commission's presidency, Mr. Reppas said the 15 partners will address the issue at the Berlin summit. He said that on the basis of what is anticipated by the Maastricht Treaty and the Amsterdam Treaty, the selection of the Commission's president and of Commissioners takes place with a certain process, which must be strictly adhered to.
"There must be an agreement between member-states, while the European Parliament is also involved. The cycle of consultations has not been completed and, consequently, it is very premature to say whatever," he said.
Asked whether Mr. Simitis has someone in mind for the Commission presidency, Mr. Reppas said he is not authorized to convey Mr. Simitis' thoughts.
"I do not know them. Only he knows them," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency