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Posted on: March 13th, 2013 by AlYunaniya Staff No Comments

Samaras-Troika meeting to seal agreement

Samaras with media

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After a cancelled meeting yesterday, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is scheduled to meet with representatives of the International Monetary Fund, European Central Bank and European Commission this afternoon [19.00], in a final attempt to resolve outstanding issues and avoid the activation of undercutting clauses that imply new measures.

Sources in the PM’s office told Kathimerini that the delay was due to “technical reasons” rather than any obstacle in the negotiations.

Yesterday evening, Samaras chaired a meeting at Maximos Mansion to review last-minute details before his talks with the troika, AMNA writes.

“We found it useful to devote an extra day to discussion,” Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told journalists, “as the technical experts are continuing their talks on technical details.”

According to government sources, agreement has been reached on the issue of arranging payment of debts to the social security funds as well as private debts to banks in installments, and on the civil servants’ mobility in the public sector, while deliberations were continuing on an arrangement for payment of debts to the state and the reform of the tax-collection mechanism.

Also, according to protothema.gr, troika does not trust the capabilities of the tax collection mechanism and therefore requests an extension of the real estate tax via electricity bills (PPC).

According to Finance ministry source, a common regulation for debts to the tax offices and social security funds is sought between the Greek government and troika. “There is no significant progress. They want a permanent system based on European standards and we want 100, 200 or 1,000 installments. We are looking for an identical system with the same installments for debts to the tax authorities and social security funds,” told protothema.gr, referring to one of the meetings the troika’s technical teams had with people from the ministries of Labour and Finance.

Especially on the arrangements for bank loans, the source said, “there is no substantial progress. Troika is concerned about the impact on bank recapitalization and wants to know how many will be affected by the regulation and how much we will receive.”

Meanwhile, public servants were set to participate in a rally on Wednesday in protest to the government’s austerity measures. The rally was being organized by ADEDY, the country’s main umbrella union representing civil servants and was scheduled to start on Klafthmonos Square on Stadiou Street in central Athens at 3.30 p.m.



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