Update: Wednesday May 22, 2013

> PM: ‘OPPORTUNITIES, OPENNESS & INVESTMENTS’

Prime Minister Antonis Samaras briefed President Karolos Papoulias on the results of his trip to China and Azerbaijan. Receiving Samaras, Papoulias noted that the Greek Premier had had “a very good trip,” with Samaras replying: “There will be more.”

> FINANCE MINISTRY: ‘APRIL 2013 THE FIRST GOOD MONTH’

The Finance Ministry confirmed that April was the first month this year that the targets for both direct and indirect taxes were achieved, as the budget deficit is less than half of what had been forecast…

> TROIKA VISIT

Finance Ministry sources told tovima.gr that the troika representatives are expected to return to Athens on the 4th of June for the next evaluation…

> ENERGY DEALS

Russian energy colossus Gazprom is pushing the government for better terms to buy public gas corporation DEPA, a Greek official told media…

> EUROPEAN COUNCIL

EU leaders meet today to discuss tax policy, with a particular focus on how to improve the efficiency of tax collection and best tackle tax evasion and fraud with the aim of strengthening member states’ fiscal stance and deepening the internal market…