Friday April 25, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
22o C
12o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Government seeks next targets

 With part of bailout tranche paid, coalition turns to next goals on its agenda

Greece on Monday received 34.3 billion euros from its lenders, the first installment of more than 50 billion due over the next few months, but the government’s focus had already moved to tasks that need to be fulfilled in the coming weeks to keep the country’s lenders happy.

The arrival of the loan tranche will allow the government to begin the final phase of bank recapitalization and to begin paying off state arrears of some 9 billion euros, but Prime Minister Antonis Samaras attempted to send a message that the government could not rest.

He met in Athens with the local representatives of 13 multinational companies in a bid to encourage them to invest more in Greece either by moving part of their production here or working with Greek companies. Samaras also asked the businessmen to tell him what steps the government could take to make the environment more investor-friendly.

“I have been in the business for more than 30 years and this is the first time a prime minister has asked to meet with us,” one of the entrepreneurs who took part in the meeting told Kathimerini on condition of anonymity, adding, “It is a very positive move.”

Samaras is this evening due to host his coalition partners, Evangelos Venizelos of PASOK and Fotis Kouvelis of Democratic Left, to discuss the government’s next moves. Despite completing the “prior actions” the troika demanded to disburse more funding, the coalition must now implement these measures, while also looking to prevent further damage to social cohesion.

A survey conducted by Metron Analysis over the last 12 months and presented to the European Parliament on Monday indicated that 67 percent of Greeks expect things to worsen in the future. A third of households said they are finding it difficult to make ends meet, while 41 percent of young people are thinking about emigrating.

Also today, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras is expecting to hear whether the Supreme Court will accept his appeal against a first instance court ruling preventing the emergency property tax from being levied via electricity bills. The tax is vital for revenues and Stournaras wants to avoid changing the method of collection.

ekathimerini.com , Monday December 17, 2012 (21:51)  
Veteran leftist Glezos, 91, says standing in Euro elections out of duty
Work at new Athens cultural center gathering pace
Greece makes request for debt relief as loan tranche approved
New court to deal with major crime, graft cases
Ellaktor lands major Doha metro project
Ellaktor subsidiary Aktor has secured the biggest construction project ever obtained by a Greek company abroad by signing the contract for the study and construction of the Gold Line Undergr...
World seeks produce from Greece
Honey from Greece is considered a worthy wedding present in Japan. Elsewhere in Asia, gifts of Greek melons are wrapped up in packaging normally associated with jewelry. This country’s fish ...
Inside Business
SOCCER
4,000 officers to police Greek Cup final
Police says it will ban mass gatherings in central Athens amid heavy security measures planned for Saturday's Greek Cup final between Panathinaikos and PAOK at the Olympic Stadium. More than...
BASKETBALL
Never underestimate the Greek hoopsters
Olympiakos and Panathinaikos, who between them have won the last three European crowns, won again at home on Wednesday to take their Euroleague play-off series with Real Madrid and CSKA Mosc...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
At the mercy of fools
The death of a young man at an Easter lunch in a village near Rethymno on Crete and the very serious injury of an American guest at a Resurrection ceremony on Santorini must not be forgotten...
COMMENTARY
Putting the party above the country
The case of Sabiha Suleiman, the Roma activist whose candidacy for the European Parliament was announced by SYRIZA only to be withdrawn shortly afterward, is an illustration of the leftist o...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Veteran leftist Glezos, 91, says standing in Euro elections out of duty
2. Ellaktor lands major Doha metro project
3. World seeks produce from Greece
4. Eurobank opens book for capital increase
5. Gov’t presents its growth model for the coming years
6. Work at new Athens cultural center gathering pace
more news
Today
This Week
1. Ellaktor lands major Doha metro project
2. Veteran leftist Glezos, 91, says standing in Euro elections out of duty
3. Putting the party above the country
4. Three missing from cargo ship that went down off Crete
5. Central Athens cleanup a sign of Greece's turnaround
6. Strong card in debt talks
Today
This Week
1. Greece startup leaders say they can’t break jobless cycle alone
2. Ground-breaking Good Friday mass signals thaw in Cyprus
3. Mayoral candidates clash over Athens mosque plans
4. Putting the party above the country
5. Government looks to kick on
6. Greece offers to help find Turkish F-16 lost in 1996
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.