Moreover, the Greek prime minister reiterated that the country will “never betray the euro”.
Papandreou emphasized that the very prospect of Greece’s bankruptcy’s was avoided, “winning a bit more time in order to implement the necessary changes for Greece to gain a modern economy, one that is viable and effective.”
“We are, of course, only one-third down this course; in the first of three years into the reform programme have passed. We achieved significant results, but it is understandable for people to worry; they are suffering and have not yet reaped the benefits. We must continue with an iron will, not only to reduce the deficit, which is a symptom, but to enforce transparency; to eradicate corruption; reduce tax evasion and make the system fairer.”
Asked why his government waited a year to unveil its eagerly anticipated privatization programme, Papandreou said the privatizations were not, in the beginning, a priority.
“Now they are at the top of the agenda. We will prove that we are in a position to meet the needs created by the public debt, with a series of developmental plans. Our plan is widely accepted, both by the opposition and the public opinion. We will son approve it,” he added.