Tsipras: Positive development that the government did not back down on open issues

Tsipras: Positive development that the government did not back down on open issues

Athens, November 11, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

All pending issues for the disbursement of the EUR 2 bn tranche and the EUR 10 bn for the recapitalisation of banks, are expected to be resolved within the following week, according to government sources. The draft law will be submitted and voted by the Greek Parliament in the next week.

According to the same sources, during the meeting of the Cabinet, the prime minister asked the ministers for an action plan based on policy statements to be submitted by the end of next week.

Tsipras described as a positive development the fact that the government did not back down on open issues (Law Katseli, 100 installments and VAT in education), while at the same time proved wrong those who predicted a dead end in yesterday’s Eurogroup.

He also classified as a success of the Greek Government the disconnection of the first evaluation from the process of the recapitalisation of banks.

The PM also made extensive reference to the need for the Greek government to not simply confine itself to the implementation and management of the agreement with the lenders, but to accelerate the implementation of programmatic commitments in a number of areas (public administration, corruption, fight undeclared work, Primary Health Care , stable and fair tax system, national dialogue on education). The government aims to leave an indelible progressive trace and proceed to large reforms incisions needed by the Greek society.

The Prime Minister referred to the upcoming trip to Turkey, on November 17-18, stressing that the Greek government will play a leading role in the EU- Turkey negotiation on the management of the refugee crisis.

On his first day in Istanbul where he and Ahmet Davutoglu will watch together the football match between Greece and Turkey, Tsipras will meet with the Patriarch and on Thursday he will travel to Ankara where he will meet with President Erdogan and prime minister Davutoglu.