Discussion on Mid-term Programme begins at Parliamentary Economic Committee

The discussion on the mid-term fiscal strategy programme began at the Parliamentary Economic Committee, from which the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) is absent and the deputies of the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) have walked out.
Ruling PASOK party rapporteur Andreas Makrypidis made an "opening" to the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party, admitting that Greece "is paying for the weaknesses of decades and not only of a few years."
Makrypidis termed the mid-term programme a "national plan for the salvation of the country" with a time horizon of four years that exceeds the time limits of the specific government.

On the part of ND, Christos Staikouras said that "the mid-term framework itself constitutes the most tangible confession of the failure of the memorandum and society is in even deeper darkness because the new measures as well show insistence on the same mistaken recipe."

Staikouras counter-proposed ND's plan on the restarting of the economy, combined with the utilisation of the state's property and a decrease in the deficit.

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