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Greek FM Rejects 'proposal For Appointment Of Special EU Commissioner'

The Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of Greece, Evangelos Venizelos, issued a statement on Sunday as response to media reports about a 'proposal for the appointment of a special EU Commissioner in charge of the Greek state budget execution'.

"Anyone who puts a nation before the dilemma of 'economic assistance or national dignity' ignores some key historical lessons", said Evangelos Venizelos.

"The partners do know that European integration is based on the institutional parity of member states and the respect of their national identity and dignity. This fundamental principle fully applies for countries that go through periods of crisis and adjustment and are in need of their partners' assistance".

Venizelos said the October 26 EU Summit conclusions provide a comprehensive provision about the monitoring mechanism for the implementation of the Greek program.

"The very foundation of that mechanism after all is the implicit assumption that Greece itself has both the responsibility and the motive to make sure that the program will be implemented".

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