Athens, February 23, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The view that the agreement of the Eurogroup should not cancel the radical anti-memorandum, progressive orientation of the government of SYRIZA program, expressed in two interviews with Realnews and Proto Thema, Panagiotis Lafazanis, Minister Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy.
The interviews were taken when negotiations the Eurogroup were ongoing and the end result had not been known yet.
In particular, Lafazanis stressed that no agreement at the Eurogroup should cancel the radical anti-memorandum, progressive orientation of the government program.
“The red line should provide that any agreement will not create any obstacles to the implementation and therefore constant, without U-turns, fundamental bases and the fundamental commitments of the election and the government program”, he stressed, adding that “there remains a claim for remission of most of the debt”.
In another part of his reply, Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy stated that he disagreed with the proposal for Dimitris Avramopoulos for the Presidency of the Republic, just like he disagreed with the political implications of the proposal for Prokopis Pavlopoulos, although disciplined and voted for the last in Parliament.
The Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy also emphasised that the “PPC, TSO and DEPA will not be privatised and will remain under public ownership and management and will work with developmental and social criteria”. Finally, he noted that “there is no privatisation issue for Piraeus Port Authority, Thessaloniki Port Authority, and the Greek railways”.