The Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis at the Council of Ministers February 21, 2014 in Athens (AFP / Angelos Tzortzinis)
The Greek government applies a balancing act to present by Monday without much betraying his election promises, a list of reforms which will enable him to win the green light for the euro area four-month extension of the financing of the economy.
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 the few latitude granted by its partners.
“The 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 at the next Monday night Eurozone its own list of reforms and hopes tolerance allowing it to depart from the requirements of several creditors, provided that the balance of finances Public is stored.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Council of Ministers February 21, 2015 in Athens (AFP / Angelos Tzortzinis)
“There are issues of sovereignty within the domestic policy which 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 financing the Greek economy.
– Differences –
“We are at the beginning of a new phase,” said Mr. Pappas, who sees in the next four months a transition period to allow the new Government credibility to its reforms.
Alexis Tsipras had said Saturday had “won a battle” in a speech on the wire between the glorification of an agreement that “leaves behind (him) austerity memorandum Troika “and lucidity on the” long and difficult road “that awaits the country. Issues relating to the rights and working conditions are matters of “internal politics”, quoted Mr. Pappas.
In this area, the Syriza left government is committed to restore the principle of conventions collective who have in recent years been replaced by the rule of individual contracts, less protective for employees.
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, which is part of the campaign promises, will be implemented “progressively”, reiterated the Minister Pappas.
Chronology of Greek debt repayment program in 2015 (AFP / L. Saubadu / cam, cam / dmk)
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.
According to the weekly To Vima, the measures proposed Monday by Greece will leave aside the question of the social insurance funds deficit ., the government wanting to leave time so that this issue was previously a priority of creditors
– And after the bailout plan? –
Despite these differences, the finance minister said on Saturday Yanis Varoufakis be “absolutely certain that the list of reforms will (it) approved” by the other 18 finance ministers of the euro area in judge Tuesday during a Eurogroup by phone.
Athens hopes to convince such an encrypted commitment to fight against tax evasion and corruption.
The French and Greek finance ministers Michel Sapin and Yanis Varoufakis, February 20, 2015, at the Eurogroup meeting in Brussels (AFP / Emmanuel Dunand)
In an interview with Spanish newspaper ABC conservative, Vice -president of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said he wanted to believe that 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 Greece’s financing plan.
Then by June, Athens creditors should discuss what awaits Greece after the end of this aid package, 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 on the market.
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