Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici travels to Athens tomorrow for wide-ranging discussions with the Greek authorities. The trip will provide an occasion to discuss the Greek programme following the successful closure of the second review and the Commission's recommendation that Greece exit the Excessive Deficit Procedure. During his visit, Commissioner Moscovici will meet the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos; the Prime Minister Mr Alexis Tsipras; and the Minister for Finance, Mr Euclid Tsakalotos. The Commissioner will also meet the Governor of the Bank of Greece, Mr Yannis Stournaras, and the President of the 'Nea Dimokratia' party, Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Before travelling to Athens, Commissioner Moscovici noted:"Since my last visit to Athens some months ago, Greece has concluded the second review of its stability support programme, enabling it to receive a further large disbursement from the European Stability Mechanism. The Eurogroup has further clarified its commitment to ensure Greece's debt sustainability. And most recently, the Commission has proposed closing the Excessive Deficit Procedure for Greece after eight years. All these developments are recognition of the efforts made by the Greek people over these past very difficult years. I am looking forward to taking stock with the authorities of all that has been achieved and to discussing the next steps as Greece works towards a successful conclusion to the programme in just over one year's time." (For more information: Annika Breidthardt – Tel.: +32 229 56153; Enda McNamara – Tel.: +32 229 64976)