Prime Minister Antonis Samaras travelled to Brussels yesterday to attend a European Council meeting
that discussed tax policy, with a particular focus on how to improve the efficiency of tax collection and tackle tax evasion, as well as on energy matters, in the context of the EU's efforts to promote growth, jobs and competitiveness.
At the end of a European Council meeting, Samaras expressed satisfaction
over the fact that for the first time explicit reference to the exploitation and research of Europe's local and sea energy resources was included in the summit's conclusions
According to the Prime Minister, it is in the interest of all of Europe that existing deposits be explored, discovered and tapped as soon as possible, since they can reduce Europe's energy dependence.
Referring to the diversification of energy sources, the premier noted the advantages of promoting the alternative Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) - a project supported by Greece, Italy and Albania as well as other Western Balkans countries - that would supply natural gas from Azerbaijan to Europe.
These include lower costs, since the pipeline is 600 km shorter and also fully privately funded without European subsidies.