The representatives of the Finance Ministries of the eurozone countries appeared positive on the non-implementation of the pension cuts measures in Greece during Thursday’s meeting of the Euroworking Group, said to Athens-Macedonian News Agency a well informed eurozone source.
There will be no pension cuts, Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Thursday, adding that the country will return to capital markets.
“The numbers are on our side,” European Parliament Vice President and SYRIZA MEP Dimitris Papadimoulis said in a tweet on Monday, citing an admission by the former head of the Eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloem that “the Greeks have a case” when they say the pension cuts are a “non-structural” measure.
The government’s intention is to table on October 15 a budget plan that will not include the cuts in pension and the offset measures, but will include the measures announced by the prime minister (Alexis Tsipras) in Thessaloniki International Fair, clarified a top government official speaking to the press in New York.
The government’s goal is to avoid pension cuts, Minister For Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Media Nikos Pappas said on Wednesday in an interview with the public broadcaster ERT.
The institutions consider Greece’s social security system sustainable and they are speaking about the cancellation of the measure to cut pensions, according to sources of the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected criticism that his government was resorting to handouts during a press conference held at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) on Sunday, and emphasised that the government was proceeding based on a plan.
“The IMF’s insistence on cutting pensions, as reported in the media, is not surprising,” Nikos Pappas, Minister of Digital Policy, Telecommunications and Information posted on Twitter on Thursday.