Monday, February 23, 2015

Greece board on its reforms, the next test against the Euro – The Obs

Greece board on its reforms, the next test against the Euro – The Obs

Athens (AFP) – The Greek government performs a balancing act to present by Monday evening without too betraying his election promises, a list of reforms allowing him to get the green light from the euro area to four-month extension of the financing of the economy.

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

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

The government of Prime Minister 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 of Mr. 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 the financing of the Greek economy

-. Divergences –

“We are at the beginning of a new phase,” said Mr. Pappas, who sees four months as an opportunity to give credibility reforms of the new government

But first dissenting voice was heard within Syriza. MEP and Dean of the Greek left Manolis Glezos, 92, has sharply criticized the concessions made to the euro area and has “apologized to the Greek people for participating in this illusion.”

“We are no longer prepared to be crushed like flies,” he told Sunday during the great Patras Carnival Parade (West) Giorgos Vourdoulas, whose troops had staged a tank “that takes the appearance of a disturbing bug”, Greece.

The rights issues and working conditions are matters of “internal politics” Mr. Pappas said. In this area, the Syriza left government is committed to restore the principle of collective agreements disparaged during the crisis.

Or in the words of the current bailout, Greece is expected to accelerate deregulation of the labor market and reform its labor law. And the increase in the minimum wage from 580 to 751 euros will be implemented “progressively”, reiterated the Minister Pappas.

He ruled out new wage cuts for civil servants and pensions. But already the last package of measures to be undertaken by Athens included the removal of early retirement before age 62 and lower pensions. Syriza has pledged during the campaign to raise the lowest pensions

-. And after the bailout plan –

Despite these differences, the Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was confident the approval of reforms by his 18 colleagues in the euro area, which will judge Tuesday during a conference call of the Eurogroup.

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

The catalog of reforms to be presented Monday the Greek government would allow Athens to cash about 7.3 billion euros in revenue, wrote Monday German daily Bild.

According to the newspaper, which said draw its information from sources close to the Greek government, the Athens plan includes the fight against trafficking and to impose large Greek fortunes and the oligarchs .

The German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Monday quoted by Bild, stressed that much remained to be done. “Europe has got a break to blow, nothing more, certainly not a solution. Now it’s the Athens government to play,” he said.

“The Discussions are ongoing, it is not necessary to accompany the aggressiveness or arrogance, “said Steinmeier.

In an interview with conservative Spanish newspaper ABC, vice-president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said he believes the government Tsipras “realized that some rules, even if 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 will 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 on its financing capacity on the market.


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