Varoufakis will go to the Eurogroup prepared

Varoufakis will go to the Eurogroup prepared

Athens, March 3, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency

By Spiros Sideris

Greek Finance Minister will go to Eurogroup prepared, with specific and costed proposals for reform, said Giannis Dragasakis after the meeting of the Government Council for Economic Policy.

The proposals for reform that will come from Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, at the Eurogroup next Monday, was the object of the meeting of the Government Council for Economic Affairs, in the Ministry of Finance, chaired by Deputy Prime Minister, Giannis Dragasakis.

According to Dragasakis, “the Finance Minister will go to the Eurogroup with specific and costed proposals for reforms that promote efficiency and social justice in the economy”. Asked whether the concrete proposals relate to the bills that are under preparation, the deputy prime minister replied that “there will be new ones as well”, adding that “the government has its own reform program. It is a broad field that has both our program and the agreement with the institutions. The agreement is a subset of the government program”.

Dragasakis denied rumors of the arrival Wednesday in Athens of technical cadres of the institutions, saying: “I have not been informed of such a thing”.

In the Council participated, apart from Dragasakis, Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, Minister of Productive Reconstruction, Panagiotis Lafazanis, Deputy Finance Ministers, Nadia Valavani and Dimitris Mardas and Deputy Foreign Minister, Euclidis Tsakalotos.

It is noted that early in the afternoon was held in the Finance Ministry a meeting of Varoufakis and Mardas, with the participation of the head of Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA), Stelios Papadopoulos, to discuss the financing needs of the State. As was stated by a senior official of the Finance Ministry, on the sidelines of the meeting, “there are alternatives to address liquidity issues for March”.