A new round of closely watched and utterly crucial negotiations between the Greek government and the EC-ECB-IMF "troika" representatives will commence on Monday, with Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos scheduled to hold a teleconference with the representatives.
Meanwhile, an email reportedly sent by a relevant general secretary of fiscal policy towards ministers and other general secretaries refers to no less than 15 new and immediate measures demanded by the "troika", including layoffs in the wider public sector, including teaching staff.
The email, signed by general secretary Ilias Pentazou, also cited the need for presidential decrees and ministerial decisions to expand the so-called "labour reserve" measure in all areas of the wider public sector; implementing the long-discussed equalisation of the tax on heating and diesel oil and even passing a law to withhold a taxpayers' salary or tax rebate to collect the so-called "solidarity tax" -- paid by employed people towards unemployment funds.
Other measures cited in the "laundry list" of measures ostensibly demanded by the "troika" and unveiled by the specific general secretary are cuts in pensions allocated by the merchant seamen’s' (NAT) and Hellenic Telecoms (OTE) funds; slashing subsidies to the Greek Post Offices (EL.TA) for distributing the local press; a new legal framework in the public sector to cut severance pay and overtime; freezing primary and supplementary pensions until 2015; re-calculating (upwards) fines for illegally built structures; mergers or closure of 35 state-run agencies, as foreseen in the Mid-term Fiscal Strategic Programme, along with another 30 entities; immediate ministerial decisions to close or merge specific agencies and accurately recording all state assets.
Finally, the list includes a chronicling of all social and health benefits; collective bargaining agreements at 16 private hospitals, along with leasing agreements between the national healthcare system and private hospitals; slashes in OGA farm pensions and agreements with drug manufacturers to reduce prices.