Bakoyannis: 'support for smaller state, no to higher taxes'

After meeting Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday, Democratic Alliance party leader Dora Bakoyannis said her proposals to the premier had included a reduction in the number of MPs from 300 to 200, abolition of immunity from prosecution for MPs and joint negotiations by all political forces with the EU-ECB-IMF troika on changing taxation policy.
She said her discussion with the prime minister had examined the economy and the state of the country in depth, adding that Greece was now facing its most crucial moments.

Bakoyannis said her party agreed with the measures proposed by the government for reducing state-sector spending but did not agree on issues of taxation, calling for a different taxation policy "that does not wipe out Greeks, will bring in more revenue and be more effective".

"Together we must send a message that we are determined to win this fight, with an effective policy that will bring the country out of the crisis within a visible time horizon," she said.

The prime minister on Tuesday had a round of meetings with the leaders of political parties in Parliament, seeking their support and consensus for the package of measures unveiled by the government as part of its Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Framework.

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