Sunday April 26, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Ministers consult with troika [UPDATE]

 Meetings on Saturday focus on civil servants' scheme and improvement of judicial system
Venizelos’ talks with the troika on Saturday focused on the finalization of the 2012 budget and on a civil service overhaul.

Ahead of Sunday’s Cabinet meeting, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Justice Minister Miltiades Papaioannou met Saturday with visiting officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, known collectively as the troika.

Venizelos’ talks with the troika reportedly focused on the finalization of the national budget for 2012, which is to be submitted in Parliament, and on a controversial plan to put some 30,000 civil servants in a labor reserve scheme.

Papaioannou’s meetings reportedly centered on the impact of possible legal challenges against the reforms and on the problems of the Greek judicial system which is burdened by about one million pending cases. Emerging from the talks, Papaioannou told reporters that the dialogue had been positive and constructive, adding that his particular ministry was ahead of target in terms of the troika’s demands. Speeding up the dispensation in Greek courts remains the top priority, he said.

Venizelos made no comments after his talks with the troika as media speculation swirled about the criteria of the labor reserve scheme.

According to sources, the troika officials are worried that the government is planning to put only older workers, near retirement age, into the labor reserve scheme, turning the initiative into an early retirement plan that would not make the required savings.

A high-ranking government official, requesting anonymity while the talks are still under way, told Reuters that workers near retirement would be among those moved into the reserve, but some younger workers would also be affected. «We are examining putting people close to retirement into the reserve, but not only those people,» the official said. «The troika has said to us repeatedly that this (reserve plan) has to be 'real' and not virtual."

The government is expected to adopt a decision on the reserve plan at a cabinet meeting on Sunday.

ekathimerini.com , Saturday October 1, 2011 (16:02)  
FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
Poll: Large majority of Greeks want compromise with lenders
Police rescue 69 migrants from Evros River
Construction material costs slide anew
The decline in oil rates has contributed to the further fall in construction material prices and the cost of building new residential properties, according to data released on Friday by the ...
Navios taps German shipping opportunities
The wide margin of difference between the health of Greek and German shipping is clearly illustrated by the deal for the sale of 14 oceangoing vessels by German bank HSH Nordbank AG debtor c...
Inside Business
WATER POLO
Olympiakos wins Euro crown in women´s water polo
The women’s water polo team of Olympiakos won its first ever LEN Euro League at the Final Four it hosted in Piraeus by beating holder Sabadell from Spain 10-9 in Saturday’s final. After defe...
SOCCER
Rival soccer fan clashes leave man stabbed
One man was stabbed and several others slightly injured as rival Thessaloniki club fans clashed late on Friday at an event held by Aris supporters. Reports from Greece’s second city stated t...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Five years ago
This week marks five years since Greece officially entered a period of crisis when then Prime Minister George Papandreou announced that the country would seek a bailout from the eurozone and...
EDITORIAL
Slippery slope
The extremely divisive language that is currently being used by parliamentary deputies and coalition ministers is both unacceptable and dangerous. It is high time that the tired, old argumen...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Olympiakos wins Euro crown in women´s water polo
2. FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
3. PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
4. Poll: Large majority of Greeks want compromise with lenders
5. Police rescue 69 migrants from Evros River
6. Thessaloniki nanny denies abusing toddler
more news
Today
This Week
1. Five years ago
2. PM tries to appease mayors, regional governors over cash bill
3. Poll: Large majority of Greeks want compromise with lenders
4. FM warns against a lose-lose situation [Update]
5. Greece not playing a game of chicken on debt
6. Slippery slope
Today
This Week
1. Greek government's popularity takes a hit as talks drag on
2. It's up to the Greek government to ensure deal with lenders, says ECB's Coeure
3. Europe's collision course with Greece
4. Leaving the past in the past
5. Denialism
6. The price of compromise
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.