EU Commissioner says decision for debt relief is solid

Decision for the debt relief is based on the conclusion of the first program review
Posted on December 15, 2016, 7:50 am
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BRUSSELS (ANA/ Ch.Vassilaki) – The European Commission is still evaluating the measures announced by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Thursday said upon his arrival at the meeting of the European Socialists party in Brussels.

He added that everyone who shares the same view must assume his responsibilities. He underlined that the decision for the debt relief is solid and is based on the conclusion of the first program review so it cannot be questioned. “These factors continue to exist,” he said and added that we cannot connect the debt relief, which is necessary, with the social cohesion.

On his part, the chairman of the group of Socialists in the EP, Gianni Pittella said the decision of the Eurogroup was embarrassing and unacceptable. “We support Greece, the Greek people and the Greek authorities.

Schulz expresses support

European Parliament President Martin Schulz on Thursday, during his meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, expressed his full support to the Greek positions, adding that a possible problem in the negotiations, a problem that could set the whole Europe at risk would be “inconceivable.”

On his part, Tsipras briefed Schulz on the positions of the Greek government.

According to government sources, Tsipras said that a solution must be found as soon as possible for “the best of Europe in a period of uncertainty.” He also said that a compromise on Greece’s proposal for 2.5% – 1% primary surpluses can be reached.

Referring to IMF participation in the Greek programme, he said that the fund must decide taking into account that “Greece is Europe” so here we have collective negotiations and not new measures.

He also reiterated, in response to the Eurogroup’s reaction, that “support measures for the weaker, that do not violate the programme and do not set the targets at risk, are the right of the Greek government.”

Concluding, the Europarliament President said that a solution must be found by January at the latest.

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