Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Panos Panayiotopoulos on Thursday criticised the government over the state draft budget, saying that the budget "calls on big sacrifices from the citizens without securing that they will be effective."

He stressed that the budget "does not provide a growth exit for the economy, it does not combat recession, it does not handle unemployment and does not protect the financially weak."

"For this reason a change in policy is necessary for the sacrifices of the Greek people to have an affect," the spokesman added.