Main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis on Friday stressed that the government had at no time been prevented from governing or exercising its policy. “By hiding behind the word consensus, the government is trying to conceal its ineffectiveness,” he added.
He accused the government of not proceeding with privatizations and characterized the different opinions expressed by government officials on the issue of public sector layoffs as a major blow to government effectiveness and coordination.
ND leader Antonis Samaras’ advisor Hrissanthos Lazaridis, who was present at the press briefing, clarified that ND says “no” to layoffs and suggested “freezing” of hirings for a period of 3 years, coupled with the implementation of the option of “reserve labour” for public organizations that will be abolished or merged. He warned of social problems atop of adverse economic consequences, resulting from reduced state revenues combined with increased spending.
The ND spokesman referred to Samaras’ trips abroad, announcing that he will visit Paris on June 7 and meet with French Prime Minister Francois Fillon. On June 22, he will meet with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels ahead of the European People’s Party (EPP) Summit.
ND’s programme aimed at leading the country out of the crisis, which was presented earlier in the month, has already been forwarded to EU officials.
The ND spokesman also announced that Samaras had a telephone communication with Greek Police (EL.AS) Chief Lefteris Economou to congratulate him on recent police successes.