The issue of the utilization of the state-owned real property on Friday sparked a strong confrontation in parliament between Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras.

Papaconstantinou stressed that all decisions concerning the utilization of state-owned real property will be presented in parliament, adding that the government has public interest in mind.

He lashed out at the SYRIZA parliamentary group leader accusing him of “advocating a conservative and backward point of view resisting all change in the county”.

Papaconstantinou rejected Tsipras’ calls for a referendum or early elections, stressing that the government is elected by the Greek people every 4 years and therefore, needs no new mandate.

The finance minister also underlined that wherever the utilization of the state-owned real property was implemented in a reasonable and transparent manner always resulted in economic growth, investments and new job positions.