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14 March, 2002
Prime Minister Costas Simitis will present Greece's positions on the 'Euro-Army' to his European Union counterparts in Barcelona during the summit dinner on Friday, government spokesman Christos Protopapas confirmed.
He told reporters on Wednesday that Greece had received two letters from Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar, head of the Spanish EU presidency. The first of these underlined the urgency of settling outstanding issues regarding a European rapid strike force, he said, while the second arrived on Tuesday and contained the agenda for the summit.
He also confirmed that the informal Barcelona Summit would focus on the Lisbon process, discussing the targets set in Lisbon for competitiveness, unemployment and EU structural reforms.
Finally, Protopapas reiterated the Greek government's intention to once again raise Athens' five-point plan for peace in the Middle East, first presented to his EU counterparts in Brussels by Foreign Minister George Papandreou.
Source: Athens News Agency