Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is set to meet EU-ECB-IMF representatives at 1 p.m. before the finaly draft of the government’s policy statements is written; it is expected to be tabled in Parliament tomorrow. Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras will also meet with the troika heads following a swearing-in ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m.
According to Kathimerini, the Prime Minister will present the four key “axes” of the Greek proposal to the troika: the restriction of hirings in the civil service to 1 for every 10 departures, the transfer of civil servants to other parts of the public sector instead of their inclusion in a labour reserve scheme, the implementation of an ambitious programme for privatizing state assets and the adoption of certain measures to relieve citizens such as allowing them to pay taxes in installments.
The debate on the government’s policy programme will start on Friday afternoon in parliament and will conclude at midnight on Sunday with a vote of confidence.
Coalition parties’ executives (instead of party leaders as originally planned) met yesterday and agreed on the programmatic statements of the government. The discussion will continue today, Thursday when they are expected to draw up the final text. According to protothema.gr, they discussed all the critical issues such as privatizations, labour, and redundancy in the public sector. There is agreement among the three that they need to accelerate structural reforms, privatizations, concessions, deletions and mergers of public services. They also agree in denying the layoffs in the public sector and further lowering of the wages in the private sector. They also talked about a future revision of the Constitution and issues such as immigration and battling crime. Sources told Kathimerini that the government is to propose privatizations that can happen quickly, strategic partnerships in public enterprises and the merging of various state organizations.