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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-22

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

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  • [01] ND leader: The contingency mechanism shows Greece's creditors don't trust Tsipras
  • [02] Government will not pass any new measures until 2018, says minister

  • [01] ND leader: The contingency mechanism shows Greece's creditors don't trust Tsipras

    The demand for a contingency mechanism shows Greece's creditors don't trust Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Sunday, during a debate in parliament on the prior actions demanded by the country's lenders.

    "The mechanism measures your personal credibility Mr. Tsipras," Mitsotakis said. "They are humiliating you with the mechanism and the superfund [privatization fund] and insulting the Greek people. Today is a day of shame for the Greek parliament. We're paying the price of the government's lies. Why does the Development of Public Property Fund have a 100-year life? Why wasn't HRADF enough?" he asked. "Because they don't trust you. The problem was never about the structure or operation of HRADF, but your inconsistencies."

    He went on to read out SYRIZA's program which said it would cancel all privatisations and the "pillaging of public wealth" and asked: "Who are you kidding? You are binding the next generations. Shame on you Mr. Tsipras."

    The ND leader said the party will vote for the article on the creation of an independent public revenues authority and the privatisations included in this bill, referring to the concession for the operation of 14 regional airports.

    Turning to Tsipras, Mitsotakis accused him of being "a populist, an opportunist and power hungry, who's only interesting in remaining in power," adding that ND's request for general elections is more relevant than ever. "The sooner you leave the better for the country. We'll build a political alliance, the wide reformist front the country needs," he added.

    [02] Government will not pass any new measures until 2018, says minister

    The government will not pass any additional measures as the current bill covers the fiscal targets for 2016, 2017 and 2018, Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Chouliarakis said in a speech in parliament on Sunday.

    "The program review which is concluding today is not the last one but it is undoubtedly the toughest and most important and finalises all the financial commitments undertaken by the country until 2018," the minister told lawmakers during a debate on the prior actions bill.

    Commenting on the tax measures included in the bill, he acknowledged they burden the available income, adding that "most taxes which distort the operation of the market create the wrong incentives and cause recession".

    He also called on New Democracy to support the bill.


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