Papaconstantinou: Mid-Term programme 'fully agreed with Troika'

The Medium-Term fiscal programme put to the Cabinet for approval last week had been fully agreed with the Troika, former finance minister and current environment minister George Papaconstantinou said, and referred to official statements by both the EU and the IMF on the certainty of disbursement of the 12 billion euros 5th tranche of the 110 billion euro EU-IMF bailout loan to Greece.
In a statement on Sunday, and in an indirect reply to comments by Evangelos Venizelos -- who replaced him at the finance ministry in the recent government reshuffle – he said that he had agreed to incorporate in the Medium-Term plan proposals by ruling PASOK MPs that his predecessor (Papaconstantinou) had rejected, Papaconstantinou said the Medium-Term programme put to the Cabinet for approval had been "totally agreed with the Troika".

"There is no more important target at this time than keeping the country alive and continuing to function, and to not need to live through the repercussions of a payments default," Papacon-stantinou said, stressing that room exists for improvements. "So long as we achieve our targets, the mix and the measures can be improved, and this has happened in the past," he added.

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