Commenting on statements made a day earlier by European Commissioner Olli Rehn, he underlined that “the necessary consensus for the country is a domestic issue and will not be imposed by a third party”.
Petalotis said the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party will be “accountable for its actions” unless it realises that reaching a consensus and displaying a measure of responsibility toward the Greek people is a matter of national importance.
Petalotis said the prime minister is likely to invite political party leaders to a meeting to brief them on the Medium-term Stability Programme, adding that it is a standing invitation.
The government spokesman clarified that the premier, speaking in the Economist conference on Tuesday, referred to transfers and retirements of public sector employees - based on the “one hiring for every five retirements” rule - and not to layoffs when he said that the number of public sector employees will be reduced by 150,000 by the end of 2015.
“The government wishes to create a flexible state that will be to the service of the citizens,” he said.
Petalotis also confirmed ANA-MPA information that the State Legal Council, following orders by Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, is seeking the assistance of a law firm in London to help in the amendment of the terms of the 110-billion-euro loan contract signed with the troika (IMF-EU-ECB).
He denied that the law firm in question will contribute to drawing up “Memorandum 2” because there is no such memorandum.