Government shifts to enforcing reforms

Government shifts to enforcing reforms

 

Officials mull how to implement measures agreed with troika as pressure for civil service layoffs looms

Having secured a deal with the troika on a raft of new measures that must be taken in exchange for further rescue funding, the government on Wednesday shifted its focus to the business of implementing the reforms, which include the politically sensitive matter of thousands of layoffs in the civil service.

Ministry technocrats met in Parliament to discuss what action needs to be taken if Greece is to secure the release of a 2.8-billion-euro installment that had been due in March and another 6 billion euros for May. It remained unclear, however, whether the government would submit the measures to Parliament for approval or impose them using an emergency decree to avoid another cliff-hanger vote that could shake the cohesion of the fragile coalition.