ATHENS, March 1 (Reuters) – Greece needs to take further steps to tackle its budget crisis and must meet its debt reduction goals despite the pain, EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said on Monday. “I am asking the Greek government to announce new measures in the coming days,” Rehn told reporters following a meeting with Greece’s finance minister George Papaconstantinou.
Papaconstantinou said the two men had discussed reforms to the pension system, the budget and the statistics service.
“The government will do whatever it takes (to cut the deficit),” Papaconstantinou said. “If necessary, it will take additional measures.”
(Reporting by Ingrid Melander and Lefteris Papadimas; writing by Paul Hoskins)