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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-23

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] ND leader on state budget

  • [01] ND leader on state budget

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras termed the 2010 state budget, tabled by the PASOK government, as "non-transparent regarding its perspectives", while speaking in Parliament on Wednesday night.

    Samaras said that his party would vote against the state budget, apart from expenditures regarding the presidency of the republic, while reiterating that his main opposition party would not "place itself against what we agree," and that it would support the implimentation of necessary economic measures.

    He accused the government of not coming to the House in order to pass "a budget of emergency but of gaining time until you understand where you are."

    According to the ND leader, the effort for stabilising the Greek economy should include measures such as enlarging the tax base instead of suffocating the market with new taxes and the adoption of objective consumption criteria.

    Regarding state expenditures, Samaras said that the state should contain the public sector's extravagance something that could save around 5 billion Euros.

    He also said that he waas opposed to any increase in fuel prices.

    According to the ND leader, the country's deficit would not exceed 9.7 per cent of the GDP, and accused the PASOK government of manipulating figures in order to attack the ND when it was in office. Samaras also called on the government to "take drastic measures, something you do not do. The markets are punishing you, they are continuously downgrading Greece."

    Regarding foreign policy issues, Samaras said "when we speak of red lines in foreign policy we mean the ultimate lines of compromise on a great issue. But foreign policy should also target our maximum realistic goals."


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