Stournaras and the coalition leaders - Samaras, socialist PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis - are expected to focus on the minister’s talks in Brussels and on the call for measures. According to sources, efforts will be made to ensure that citizens with outstanding tax dues can pay them in installments and to avert cuts to certain categories of the “special-salary” civil servants, such as military and police staff. Stournaras said the government would be able to propose alternative measures to those agreed as long as they amount to the same revenue. “We are considering the measures and we will fight to be able to impose them in installments,” he said. The minister did not request an extension to the country’s fiscal adjustment period, which is believed to have irked Venizelos, at whose initiative today’s meeting with Stournaras was convened, according to sources. But the minister said that he would broach the subject in due course.
“When the time comes, the issue of an extension will be raised persistently because it is only fair,” he said, adding that a report by creditors into the cost of an extension and its repercussions on debt sustainability was in the pipeline.