Tuesday October 21, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
24o C
11o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Coalition partners' meeting canceled

A meeting scheduled for Wednesday between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the leaders of the other two parties in the coalition government -- socialist PASOK chief Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left -- has been canceled, according to reports.

The purpose of the meeting was for the government to prepare for talks with top-ranking officials of the country's international creditors -- the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund, known as the troika -- on Thursday, and for the presentation of the coalition's policy program to Parliament on Friday.

Instead, the prime minister's office said on Wednesday afternoon that the three parties will set up a meeting later in the day between their representatives Chrysanthos Lazaridis of ND, Costas Skandalidis of PASOK and Dimitris Hadzisokratis of Democratic Left, after Samaras said that he had spoken to Venizelos and Kouvelis extensively by telephone and discussed the government's proposals and program.

Samaras is expected to try and convince troika officials that Greece can proceed quickly with the sale of state assets and downsize the public sector in return for more favorable bailout terms with the chief aim to secure an extension of the deadline for the implementation of fiscal adjustment.

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. It is unclear which enterprises will go under the hammer.

Technical teams representing the troika are already in Athens and have been meeting with ministry officials in a bid to form an initial picture of the state of Greece's finances, and its progress in implementing agreed-on reforms, before compiling an audit that creditors will use as the basis for negotiations when they return to Athens at the end of this month.

On Thursday, Samaras is to attend Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras’s swearing-in ceremony before meeting troika representatives at 1 p.m. at the Maximos Mansion. Then on Friday afternoon, the premier is to make a speech before Parliament, setting out the government's policy program and probably elaborating on a statement issued by his coalition last month highlighting the concessions to be sought from creditors. The speech will be voted by three days of debate, ending with a vote of confidence in the government scheduled for midnight on Sunday.

ekathimerini.com , Wednesday Jul 4, 2012 (16:45)  
Inmate injured in Patra prison yard brawl
SDOE to probe Proton Bank loan to Thessaloniki businessman
Gang importing heroin into Greece busted
Wage dispute hurts gov’t unity before troika return
Tax debts to Greek state exceed 70 billion euros
Tax debts to the Greek state hit a new record in September, reaching a total of 70.16 billion euros from 69.24 billion euros in August, the General Secretariat for Public Revenues said on Tu...
Greek 2013 budget gap revised down to 1.8 pct/GDP
Greece had a smaller than previously reported budget deficit last year, the European Union's statistics office said on Tuesday, as it recalculated data under a new accounting system. Eurosta...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
PAOK fans stop coach Markopoulos´s move to Olympiakos
Olympiakos is once again in the lookout for a new coach after the refusal of PAOK to release Soulis Markopoulos, while Panathinaikos defeated Kolossos on Rhodes on Monday to become the only ...
BASKETBALL
Reds lose to Nea Kifissia, search for new coach
Nea Kifissia recorded the biggest win of its short history in the top flight defeating Olympiakos 68-67 on Sunday, in a Basket League weekend marred by the abandonment of the Thessaloniki de...
Inside Sports
INTERVIEW
The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
For a decade, until mid-2012, Josef Ackermann was the CEO at Deutsche Bank. It was a position that earned him the nickname “shadow chancellor” of Germany and allowed him to play a decisive r...
COMMENTARY
Self-opposing coalition
Even though a number of polls see the total percentage of the two ruling parties trailing that of SYRIZA, New Democracy and PASOK are still in government and the leftists in opposition. This...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Tax debts to Greek state exceed 70 billion euros
2. Greek 2013 budget gap revised down to 1.8 pct/GDP
3. Greece said to seek tailor-made plan for bailout exit
4. Greek current account surplus widens in August
5. Inmate injured in Patra prison yard brawl
6. SDOE to probe Proton Bank loan to Thessaloniki businessman
more news
Today
This Week
1. The past, present and future of the Greek debt crisis
2. Gang importing heroin into Greece busted
3. Self-opposing coalition
4. Gutsy rectors
5. Applications for heating oil subsidy set to start
6. SDOE to probe Proton Bank loan to Thessaloniki businessman
Today
This Week
1. Possible third figure in Amphipolis mosaic may be uncovered shortly
2. Greece to contribute 1 mln towards Gaza reconstruction
3. Greece nearing bailout exit, says gov't spokesperson after IMF talks
4. Istanbul skyscraper casts shadow over Greece's banking ambitions
5. Coalition shooting itself in the foot
6. GPO poll gives SYRIZA clear lead over New Democracy
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.