Sunday, February 22, 2015

Athens – Greece working on reforms, facing the next test … – The Express

Athens – Greece working on reforms, facing the next test … – The Express

The executive radical left, who eventually resigned to work with creditors EU, ECB, IMF under bailouts imposed since 2010 to previous governments, has decided to exploit some latitude granted by its partners.

European texts always have a creative blur “, slipped Giorgos Katrougalos, Minister of Administrative Reform, on a Greek radio.

The government of Alexis Tsipras got to present to the euro area by late Monday its own list of reforms as long as the balance of public finances is stored.

There are issues of sovereignty within the domestic politics and are not negotiable ,” warned Sunday the State Minister Nikos Pappas, right arm M . Tsipras.

Since the conclusion Friday night in Brussels, the first phase of the negotiations between Greece and the eurozone, Athens struggles to give a positive interpretation of laborious compromise reached on the extension until the end of June of funding of the Greek economy.

– Differences –

Alexis Tsipras had estimated Saturday that “ won a battle ” on “ long road and difficult “that awaits the country.

This is the beginning of a new phase ,” said Mr. Pappas sees four months as an opportunity to give credibility to the reforms of the new government.

But first dissenting voice was heard within SYRIZA, but not least: MEP and Dean of the Greek left Manolis Glezos, 92, has cracked Review virulent concessions made to the euro zone and is “ apologized to the Greek people for participating in this illusion “.

We are no longer prepared to be crushed like flies ” confided Sunday in the Carnival parade of Patras (west) Giorgos Vourdoulas, the company has scene “ bamboo tank that takes the appearance of a disturbing insect “, Greece.

Athens will have to fight tooth and nail not to give more.

The issues relating to the rights and working conditions are matters of “ domestic policy ” Mr. Pappas said.

In this area, the Syriza left government is committed to restore the principle of collective agreements, which have been disparaged during the crisis.

Or, in the words of the current bailout, Greece is expected to accelerate the deregulation of the labor market and reform its labor law.

The minimum wage increase of 580-751 euros, will be implemented “ progressive “, reiterated the Minister Pappas.

He ruled out new wage cuts for civil servants and pensions. Now the last packet of Athens was to lead the measures included abolishing early retirement before age 62 and lower pensions. Syriza has pledged during the campaign to raise the lowest pensions.

– And after the rescue plan ‘-

Despite these differences, the Minister of Finance, Yanis Varoufakis, was confident of approval of reforms by the other 18 finance ministers of the euro area, which will judge on Tuesday during a Eurogroup phone.

Athens hopes to convince such an encrypted commitment to fight against tax evasion and corruption.

In an interview with conservative Spanish newspaper ABC, the Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said he believes the government Tsipras “ realized that some rules, though you do not own the signed, must be respected by your government “.

Several countries, including Germany, will then be adopted by their Parliaments, before February 28, the extension of the aid plan for Greece, Tsipras that the government wants to be the last.

At the end of four months, warned Mr Katrougalos, we ask the question of debt ” or the delicate relief of these some 320 billion euros , about 175% of GDP, which weigh on the country’s budget and its financing capacity in the markets.


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