The government celebrated many times on the success of negotiations, while later showing its deepest regret over their failure. It changed the head of its negotiating team, even the team itself and used every possible communication trick, but never bothered to inform the Greek people, honestly, on what they are actually negotiating. No one actually knows what the Prime Minister is planning to do in the Summit. Will he tune in to those shouting for rupture and bankruptcy or the ones who want a deal for growth and social justice?
Statement made by Stavros Theodorakis in the Greek daily Real News
We hope that the Prime Minister is ready to suggest realistic alternative proposals, so that no further austerity measures, as the ones suggested by the conservative circles in Europe, will have to be taken.
We had made specific proposals, long time ago. We suggested:
Reforms in the taxation system, with two different VAT rates, so that the 23% rate can be decreased. There should also be taxation exemptions for small businesses.
Reforms on the financing and benefits of the pension system. Tackling bureaucracy and supporting vulnerable and “invisible” social groups, like single mothers.
Abolishing the early retirement scheme, while also setting ceiling to high pensions.
Cuts in spending for military procurement and rationalization of public procurement, through the establishment of a single public procurement authority.
National strategy against corruption and tax evasion.
In exchange, our partners should offer a substantial and direct investment program. This is a commitment made by Jean-Claude Juncker, during our recent conversation. Τhe amount of 35 bln euros from community funds the which can be invested in Greece in the next five years, can generate growth of 3%. Mario Draghi should proceed with similar steps. Finally, a clear solution timetable should be given to Greeks, without runarounds and ambiguity.
The Greek economy is described as a compressed spring. If uncertainty ceases, then the economy will skyrocket. If the uncertainty persists however, the spring will rust and break.
21 June 2015, Real News
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