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ND: Eurobond initiative a 'communications gimmick' by gov't

Δημοσίευση 4 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 10:35 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
ND: Eurobond initiative a 'communications gimmick' by gov't
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The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party on Monday said it considers a high-profile initiative by Prime Minister George Papandreou regarding the Eurobond as nothing more than a "communication gimmick".

The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party on Monday said it considers a high-profile initiative by Prime Minister George Papandreou regarding the Eurobond as nothing more than a "communication gimmick".

An announcement by the party's press office stressed that "ND President Antonis Samaras had replied in an explicit and categorical way on the issue of the eurobond during his address in Parliament on the 2011 budget. Addressing the prime minister himself, he had referred to a 'communication gimmick', such as the latest with the announcement on the gathering of signatures for the holding of a referendum in Europe."

The party reminds in its announcement that in the discussion in Parliament Samaras mentioned that "one million signatures from anywhere are not enough. They must come from seven member states, at least, and indeed, with enacted minimum signatures in every member state.

"Secondly, they must pass from many stages, but in the end the Commission will be called on to accept or not the relevant initiative. And if the Commission accepts it, the Council must also approve it unanimously..."

Government spokesman replies to ND on eurobond issue

Government spokesman George Petalotis, commenting on Monday on an announcement by the main opposition New Democracy party that the government's initiatives on the eurobond constitute "communication gimmicks", said that ND does not realise that what the government is pursuing is already becoming the topic of increasing intensive discussion in Europe.

Petalotis said that ND appears not to be realising neither the country's problems nor the solutions that, with hard and systematic work, the government is pursuing, stressing that Greece's role, with clear positions and with a strong voice now, is to contribute decisively to positive developments and determinative decisions, so that the necessary reforms in Europe will also acquire a growth dimension, with a direct benefit for our country as well.

LA.OS

Conversely, opposition Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) leader George Karatzaferis expressed optimism as regards the creation of a "Eurobond", as backed by Papandreou but, at the same time, he stated that alternative options are necessary.