The second reading of the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy was completed in the parliamentary Standing Committee on Economic Affairs on Friday, receiving a majority vote from government MPs before being presented to the parliament’s plenary session on Monday. Addressing the committee, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos acknowledged that the new additional measures are unfair and assured that all possible efforts will be made to correct them while repeating the need for national consensus.
Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party and opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) stated that they will vote against the measures, while the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) abstained from the discussion.
Venizelos stressed that “we are 2 billion euros short in revenues,” adding that “it is necessary to have auxiliary measures at our disposal”.
“We will do everything humanly possible to execute the budget and the medium-term programme without adopting new measures but this depends on the state, the market, the taxpayers’ conscience and the tax bureau administrators,” he stressed.
ND rapporteur Christos Staikouras characterized the medium-term programme as unrealistic, inconsistent, ineffective and lacking planning.
LA.O.S rapporteur Pavlos Markakis underlined that the medium-term programme moves in the wrong direction and is unfair.
Alternate Finance Minister Filippos Sahinidis defended the government choices stressing that this is a crucial time for the country and all parliament deputies should rise to the occasion.