The government will not back down on the issue of the main pensions and the tax-free ceiling, both of which Greece’s lenders want to be cut and lowered respectively, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said on Tuesday during a joint press conference with Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis and Labour minister George Katrougalos.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on Thursday concluded a meeting with the representatives of the institutions on a first review of Greece’s programme. In statements afterward, the minister said there had been an introductory talk, during which they discussed the agenda for the negotiations.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos in an interview with RealNews newspaper on Sunday sent a message to the IMF to understand that Greece is a European country.
Greek officials and the representatives of Greece’s institutional creditors need to complete negotiations on all pending issues and conclude a first review of the programme by the end of February, Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said Monday.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on Sunday in an interview with Kathimerini expressed optimism that the government will overcome the obstacle of the negotiations with the creditors.
The agreement achieved between Greece and its creditors will allow eventually the implementation of the governance model that Athens seeks, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Mundo on Wednesday, adding that he and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras maintain their red lines in protecting the weak classes and the unemployed.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Economy Minister George Stathakis on Sunday visited Maximos Mansion in order to brief Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on the progress made so far in the negotiations with the representatives of the institutions.
The Cabinet unanimously approved Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos’ recommendation to remove Public Revenues Secretary General Katerina Savvaidou from her post, government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili announced on Thursday after the end of the meeting.
Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos met with International Monetary Fund Chief Christine Lagarde in Lima, Peru, on the sidelines of the annual summit of the IMF and the World Bank.The meeting took place in a cordial climate.