Sunday, August 2, 2015
The signing of the memorandum was made during Tsipras' five-day visit to Caracas from July 28 to August 1. During the visit, Tsipras had meetings with senior officials, including the Minister of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, Delcy Rodriguez and Oil and Mining Minister Asdrubal Chavez.
In his address during the ceremony, Tsipras noted that the signing of the memorandum on the energy sector is a first step towards the strengthening of cooperation to benefit the two peoples and further strengthening of the bonds of friendship linking the two countries.
Dragasakis presented the "roadmap" for the lifting of capital controls and stated that "restrictions will continue to loosen day after day. However, the complete lifting of restrictions on banks coincides largely with the "roadmap" to restore confidence in the credit system and the economic outlook in general."
He stressed that "deposits under 100,000 euros are protected and if the protection is removed, then there will be an irreparable crisis of confidence for banks not only in Greece but also in Europe. A possible haircut on deposits would be a punishment for individuals and businesses that kept their money in the country, compared with those who have transferred their money abroad."
He added that the consolidation of Greek banks' subsidiaries abroad is on the table. This issue needs to be pushed forward and some steps have already been made towards this direction.
The Government Vice President estimated that recession, without any measures, may reach 4-5 percent, depending on international developments and will culminate in the next 6 to 8 months. Recovery could begin as of the second half of 2016, he underlined.
"We must at all costs avoid a government of special purpose or national unity," he underlined.
"I think that after our conference process, we will all be invited to serve the plan that we will decide collectively. Hence the period of the different attitudes in the parliamentary group ends with the extraordinary congress," he added.
"The Left does not make strategic plans based on currencies, but on the policy designed to benefit the people," Koronakis noted.
According to Panousis, "the destabilization of the currency, the currency-exchange security detachment and therefore the disturbance of social peace pose directly an issue of disruption of the smooth operation of the Regime, Article 134, paragraph 2, of the Penal Code."
Asked on the possibility of drafting plans for a change of currency, the minister said: "I remind that the Constitution and laws support the civil parliamentary democracy, the popular sovereignty and not the popular democracy. We have a change of government, but not a change of regime."
"Cultural heritage," Xydakis stressed, "was always essential to the identity of my country. It is an important element in any future attempt to build a peaceful coexistence with specific objectives."
The minister spoke in favor of promoting partnerships to reduce damage to historical and archaeological sites in case of natural disasters, and asked to take into account the vulnerabilities of each site and monument, and make further research in order to set up guidelines to protect cultural heritage, considering important the help of new low-cost technologies.
Sunday's newspaper "To Vima" reported that the former chairman of ERT Christos Panagopoulos will be tried for felony, while a dozen of executives in the public radio station will be tried for the embezzlement of 35 million euros.
The port authority of Rhodes have arrested a 43-year Swiss man as suspect.
DIMOKRATIA: Mystery over (former Finance Minister Yanis) Varoufakis
ETHNOS KYRIAKIS: Hard game for taxes and banks
KATHIMERINI: Greece trapped in SYRIZA's impasses
O LOGOS: Pension cuts
PROTO THEMA: New Alexis Tsipras, new party and elections on September 20
REALNEWS: A nightmare on pension street
RIZOSPASTIS: Rupture with the capital and the EU to save the people from the memoranda
TO ATHRO: At the mercy of apprentice wizards
TO PARON: Shock and awe
TO VIMA: (SYRIZA MP Panagiotis) Lafazanis wanted (German Finance Minister Wolfgang) Schaeuble's Grexit
VRADINI: 13 bitter settlements in social insurance
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