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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-10-02

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

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  • [01] Crucial Cabinet meeting begins
  • [02] Samaras: Smaller state, fewer taxes, to generate growth

  • [01] Crucial Cabinet meeting begins

    (AMNA) -- A crucial Cabinet meeting, chaired by prime minister George Papandreou, began in Parliament on Sunday evening, which is due to examine and approve the final arrangements for the thorny reserve labour and finalise the 2012 budget, which is slated for tabling in parliament on Monday.

    According to sources, initial agreement has been reached between the government and the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) 'troika' on the terms and conditions for the reserve labour system planned by the government, targeting a drastic reduction of the state and the related expenditure.

    [02] Samaras: Smaller state, fewer taxes, to generate growth

    (AMNA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras advocated a "smaller state and fewer taxes" as a prerequisite for Greece to enter into growth rates, in a newspaper article he wrote appearing on Sunday.

    Samaras strongly criticised the PASOK government of expanding the state by creating more than 70 general secretariats, directorates and authorities, and of creating positions and appointing thousands of "political friends" under intransparent procedures.

    In the article, appearing in To Vima newspaper, Samaras warned that the "tax-grabbing" measures imposed by the government are destroying the economy and society, and exterminating the middle class completely.

    Samaras reiterated his own proposal for reserve labour which, he explained, does not include layoffs in the public sector but would drastically reduce the country's deficit without causing problems to society, "in antithesis with the government's proposal, which sets off explosions and results in a very small reduction of the deficit".

    The ND leader further accused prime minister George Papandreou personally of winning the last elections by making false promises.

    He said that the country's exit from the crisis requires sacrifices, "but sacrifices with prospect".

    "Greece can be saved without the Greeks dying," Samaras said.


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