Athens, July 1, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The Greek Government sent yesterday to the institutions a new proposal accompanied by a letter of the Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. The reports, according to which, the Greek government has fully accepted the proposal of institutions are not justified.
The Greek Government has submitted a new proposal with a number of amendments to the text of the institutions, as it has done in recent weeks in an effort to reach a mutually beneficial agreement.
The new proposal of the Greek Government calls for a new agreement that would regulate financing issues through the ESM, in order to make debt sustainable and to place emphasis on the developmental perspective.
Specifically, with the new proposal of the Greek Government:
– VAT on the islands remains reduced.
– The application of the zero deficit clause is suspended.
– The new framework for labour relations will be adopted in autumn 2015.
– The OECD Toolbox will not be implemented for milk, pharmacies, bread and Sundays.
– There privatization of ITSO will not go through.
A number of measures proposed by the institutions will not be applied immediately, but gradually, so that the government can find equivalent measures for their replacement.
The letter sent by the Prime Minister to the heads of institutions:
Dear Managing Director, dear Presidents,
I am writing to inform you on the position of the Hellenic Republic towards the list of Prior Actions of the Staff Level Agreement as published on the European Commission website on June 28th 2015. The Hellenic Republic is prepared to accept this Staff Level Agreement subject to the following amendments, additions or clarifications, as part of an extension of the expiring EFSF program and the new ESM Loan Agreement for which a request was submitted today, Tuesday June 30th 2015. As you will note, our amendments are concrete and they fully respect the robustness and credibility of the design of the overall program.
- VAT reform:
Maintain the 30% discount on islands, to be applied to the new rates.
- Fiscal structural measures:
Gradually increase the advance payment of individual business income tax to 100 percent and phase out the preferential tax treatment for farmers (including the subsidies for excise on diesel oil) by end-2017.
Reduce the expenditure ceiling for military spending by €200 million in 2016 and €400 million in 2017 through a targeted set of actions, including a reduction in headcount and procurement.
The 2010 reform will be fully implemented but the 2012 reform (sustainability factor) will be postponed until the new legislative reform is implemented in October 2015.
EKAS will be phased-out by end-2019 but without any immediate action on the top 20% of beneficiaries.
All nuisance charges will be phased out by end-2017, starting from October 31, 2015.
- Labour markets:
The new framework will be legislated in autumn 2015.
- Product markets:
Immediately implement specific recommendations from OECD’s toolkit 1 (tourist rentals, tourist buses, truck licenses, code of conduct for traditional foodstuff and eurocodes on building materials), toolkit 2 (beverages and petroleum products), and open the restricted professions of notaries, actuaries, and court bailiffs, liberalize the market for gyms and eliminate significant portion of nuisance charges.
Moreover, in cooperation with the OECD, implement an ambitious reform package including:
- Create One-Stop-Shop (OSS) services for businesses (best practice analysis, as well as a comprehensive roadmap already prepared and completed in cooperation with the OECD);
- Conduct immediately a comprehensive competition assessment on specific sectors characterized by oligopolistic practices (e.g. construction, wholesale trade, agricultural products, media, etc.) and adopting recommendations accordingly (roadmap and timelines already prepared by the OECD);
- Implement immediately a comprehensive strategy against corrupt business practices, for example in the area of public procurement procedures (roadmap and timeline already prepared by the OECD).
ADMIE will be split from the PPC into a separate legal entity under state majority ownership.
Thank you in advance for your support. I look forward to hearing from you.