Greek Govt Holds ‘Constructive’ Dialogue in the Aftermath of the Eurogroup Teleconference



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A “constructive” debate centered on the list of reforms the Greek government had earlier sent to the country’s loan partners -who approved it- was conducted earlier by the Government Council, according to SYRIZA sources.

During the discussion though, there were certain reservations expressed, while according to other sources, Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis expressed his objections on the reforms program. Earlier, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis briefed the Government Council members on the negotiations and the drawing up of the list. As leaked, some of the Ministers asked for clarifications, while the discussion focused on the immediate government priorities and the legislative work that will follow.

The government will wait for the agreement to be approved by the European Union member-states’ national parliaments and then decide on the procedure to be adopted by the Greek Parliament, an unnamed Greek source explained.

Moreover, the SYRIZA Parliamentary Group met at 8:00 pm under Prime Minister Tsipras in order to discuss the new extended loan agreement and the e-mail Varoufakis sent to his counterparts and the creditors’ institutions. Several Ministers raised clarifying questions to both Tsipras and Varoufakis, while the discussion was wide-ranging and varied views were exchanged regarding the government’s priorities in the coming period and the legislative work that follows.

The conclusion drawn is that the Greek government will be able to meet the so-called “Thessaloniki program” and at the same time implement the agreements with its loan partners.