Athens, April 7, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
Pending the scheduled debate in Parliament on the proposal of SYRIZA and ANEL for an Examination Committee, New Democracy has tabled its own proposal for a committee of inquiry to investigate the course of the economy, the resort of the country to the support mechanism, the need for signing Loan Contracts and updating them, in association with the “Memoranda”. The examination proposal refer to a period from 1981 onwards, that is until the February of 2015.
“The New Democracy submits a complete proposal for an Examination Committee on Economics from 1981 until today. This is to fully investigate the causes of the crisis that led to the Memorandum and manipulations performed before and after the signing of the Memorandum. That is, since the debt began to swell, and the production of the country started to paralyze”, says the proposal signed by all the Parliamentary Group of the ND, with first signatories being Antonis Samaras and Kostas Karamanlis.
In its proposal, ND accuses the SYRIZA-ANEL government of trying to divide the Greek people and to divert public opinion from the current extremely difficult situation of the country for which it has a huge responsibility because of its contradictions and retractions and emphasizes that the truth cannot be cut to pieces, be obscured and concealed as is the intention of the current government.
In the text there is a special reference to the proposal for an examination committee that had been tabled by ND in February 2010, a proposal for the examination of the course of fiscal figures and quality of the financial information and therefore emphasized that for the period 1981 to February 2010 that proposal fully applies.
For the period after January 2010 ND reminds that “in May 2010 the PASOK government led the country to the signing of the Main Financial Easing Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding”, followed by the second loan agreement-Main Financial Easing Agreement in March 2012 and then the 1st Amendment to the Main Financial Easing Agreement in December 2012, the 2nd Amendment in December 2014, when the previous government requested an extension of the Agreement for the first 2 months of 2015 and the third amendment of February 2015, “When the SYRIZA-ANEL Government requested the extension of the Agreement for 4 more months in 2015”. Especially for the 3rd Amendment, ND states that “with the Agreement of February 20 an additional unfavorable condition was included: the return to the European Financial Stability Fund (EFSF) of the bonds amounting to 10.9 billion euros from the Greek Financial Stability Fund”.
ND seeks for the convening of the Plenary to decide on its proposal and emphasizes that, in any case, the Examination Committee it proposed should start its works “after the 4-month extension of the Memorandum requested and received the current Government until the end of June. Otherwise, any such discussion, like that of the Examination Committee proposed by the Government, is only to mislead, while the country faces dramatic problems”.