The government’s aim is to clinch an agreement with creditors within days, Greek government Vice President Yiannis Dragasakis said as he exited the first meeting of the government’s newly formed political negotiations team on Monday evening.
“The agreement must be completed in the first days of May or, why not, at the end of April. This is our goal,” he said. Asked why the special team had been set up, Dragasakis said the European side has a multi-level system that is “solid and monolithic,” consisting of the Eurogroup, Eurogroup Working Group (EWG) and technical teams. “In this political negotiations team we will handle issues requiring political handling,” he added.
According to Greece’s Finance Ministry, the team decided to prepare a draft bill that will codify the reform proposals included in the list prepared by Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis for the ongoing negotiations with the institutions. The draft bill will address fiscal issues, tax administration, auctioning of TV frequencies, taxing TV ads, reforming the Civil Procedure Code, reforming the administration and other measures, the Ministry said.
In addition to Dragasakis, the meeting was attended by Varoufakis, who is responsible for the team, Alternate Foreign Minister for International Economic Relations Euclid Tsakalotos, who will act as its coordinator, Minister of State Nikos Pappas, Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister George Stathakis, government General Secretary Spiros Sagias, head of the Economic Experts Council Georgios Chouliarakis, SYRIZA Parliamentary Group secretary Christos Mantas and SYRIZA General Secretary Tasos Koronakis.