Athens, March 19, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
We will not take a step back from what we announced and above all from what we consider necessary for the economy and society to breath, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said from the step of the Parliament, during the debate of the bill to address the humanitarian crisis.
For the first time in years we have brought in the House a draft law which is not translated from an email, but was written here, he added.
As he said, the Greek people on January 25 asked to end the memoranda and austerity, to regain their dignity and make real, tough negotiations with the European partners.
“We serve this command”, said the Prime Minister and noted that the way for the implementation of this mandate had been sabotaged earlier.
Indeed he spoke of an operation of an economic suffocation and pressures “to retreat from our commitments to the Greek people”.
Tsipras said that the government knew this would happen, but added that now our partners know us as well: “If they thought that we would be a continuation of the previous governments, we have certainly disappoint them”.
The Prime Minister reiterated that “we do not ask special but equal treatment” and stressed that “to the surprise of many, Greece is not isolated, we have internationalised the problem, we have set the scene for a mutually beneficial solution”.
Referring to the ongoing negotiations with the partners, Tsipras said that from now on negotiation is political. “The elected with the elected and the technocrats with the technocrats”, he noted.
In fact, one day after reports that the head of the European Commission in the institutions asked not to proceed with the tabling of the bill on the humanitarian crisis, Tsipras wondered: “Who have the nerve to talk of unilateral action, while some inside the country are parroting?”. They do not scare nor dishearten us with these. We are being threatened for days now, but it is meaningless”, he added and accused that the behaviour of some of the partners and some of the technocrats what it only does is manage to expose Europe.
“What else can you say about the audacity of some to write on paper that the tackling of the humanitarian crisis in Greece is a unilateral action, incompatible with the decisions of the European institutions”, he sstated. “They ask us to freeze the bills and as a result some in Greece to continue freezing”, he added and wondered if this is the Europe we envisioned and who does Europe express today.
“If some think that the elections in Greece did not change anything and dream that our country will go back to the era of the memoranda, let them keep their threats where they pass. Do not threaten this government and certainly do not threaten the Greek people”, he continued.
“Some of the technocrats tried to intimidate us with ultimatums”, he went on and stressed that “we answer to them with actions in the House, raising a wall of sovereignty and dignity, by voting the bill against the humanitarian crisis, staying loyal to what was agreed on February 20 in the Eurogroup”.
While he stressed that the government is open to suggestions from within the country and from abroad, he argued that “inside the country there are some who are more troikans than the troikans”.
Commenting on the bill on the humanitarian crisis, he stressed that it is a help to the weaker sections of society and added that the government is starting to implement what had promised in its program.
Today we make a start, noted the Prime Minister, and we continue on Thursday and Friday with the bill for 100 installments and then with the reconstruction of the State, the ERT and the Justice.