European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation Carlos Moedas praised the emphasis the Greek government gives on research and technology, at a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens on Monday.

Moedas also paid tribute to the government's efforts to close the innovation gap with Europe. Both men underlined the importance of European Union funding of innovative technologies, and of retaining the EU budget for the funding of research and innovation at current levels instead of reducing it.