The main opposition New Democracy party (ND) is now raising concern about the so called “measures” that the government has been endorsing over the past few days claiming that it has its own agenda which it promotes via similar communicative operations, citing Troika orders. In such a framework, Premier Lucas Papademos and ND President Antonis Samaras met and held talks on Tuesday evening. Papademos asked for clear commitments from ND in support of the bills and measures that will lead to the signing of the new loan agreement.
The written statement of ND representative John Michelakis is indicative of the dissension with Maximos Mansion: He says that Antonis Samaras was briefed by PM Lucas Papademos on the development of the PSI and the state of the economy in view of the Troika’s arrival in our country. These issues were followed by an exchange of views.
In a broad party meeting under Samaras a day earlier, ND members discussed the economic developments ahead of the Troika’s visit. According to reports, discussions focused on the new measures that have been put on the table by the government. ND considers that no new financial measures are needed beyond those included in the mid-term and the multi-bill. Moreover, it argues that the new measures are not within the duties of this government. Regarding supplementary pensions, it says the matter should be considered as settled and that it has wrongly become a priority. As for the reductions in the private sector, they are saying that these are a matter for our social partners. They believe that wages are not the decisive factor in competitiveness, which is linked to taxation, the regulatory status of companies it includes and the cost of paperwork and insurance contributions. They argue that the necessary adjustments to these three factors can be made without affecting wages.