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Petalotis: '2011 will be landmark year for Greece'

Δημοσίευση 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2010, 12:11 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
Petalotis: '2011 will be landmark year  for Greece'
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The year 2011 would be a 'landmark year' for Greece's exit from the economic crisis, government spokesman George Petalotis told reporters on Wednesday, during the last regular press briefing for 2010.

The year 2011 would be a 'landmark year' for Greece's exit from the economic crisis, government spokesman George Petalotis told reporters on Wednesday, during the last regular press briefing for 2010.

Outlining the government's goals for the next year, Petalotis stressed that 2011 would be a year of major changes in which the rule of law would be established.

The spokesman described the year 2010 as the "most difficult since the return of democracy" during which the government had given priority to averting the country's bankruptcy and succeeded.

He also expressed confidence that the 2011 budget passed by Parliament after midnight will be fully executed, since that would boost the country's credibility. Concerning the criticism voiced by several ruling PASOK MPs against the draft budget, Petalotis said that the government strongly supported discussion, took the opinions and concerns of MPs into account but would not accept ultimatums.

Concerning reactions to government plans to open 'closed' professions in Greece, Petalotis stressed that the existence of closed professions was "pathogenic for Greece's economy" and that opening them would contribute to establishing social justice.

"We are the last country in Europe where they still exist," he underlined, stressing that legislation to end this state of affairs would be tabled early on in the new year.

Asked whether the government was still considering a civil mobilisation to deal with strikes by public transport staff, the spokesman said that this would be a last resort. The government was not considering such a move at present, he added.

"Everyone has a sense of responsibility and the mistakes of the past do not concern the government alone but also the workers and can be dealt with through dialogue," he said.

Concerning rumours that the rating agency Fitch was preparing to cut Greece's credit rating yet further, Petalotis replied that the answer was to "meet our targets and boost our credibility with everything we say and everything we do".

"Greek bonds are not junk. We do not accept this," he added.