Wednesday November 26, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
13o C
8o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Coalition hopes to avoid restoring armed forces wages in full

A meeting between Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis and representatives of the armed forces and emergency services, which was due to take place on Monday, has been called off as the government reconsiders its options on how to restore these groups’ salaries.

It emerged on Friday that the government believes that, despite a court ruling, it might not have to repay the whole amount of wages that soldiers and police officers have lost since July 2012, when the salary cuts were implemented. Sources said the coalition also believes the court verdict allows it not to restore salaries to their previous level but simply to impose cuts that are smaller than the 10 percent inflicted two years ago.

As things stand, the government will have to come up with around 650 million euros to cover the wages that need to be returned and to restore them to previous levels. However, this would be a substantial blow to the coalition’s attempts to meet this year’s fiscal targets. “The government decides fiscal policy, not the judiciary,” Hardouvelis said earlier this week, hinting at the coalition’s intention to find a way that would not involve it paying back the full amount.

The Council of State’s ruling earlier this year said that the government would have to return the wages of those serving in the armed forces or emergency services but added that salaries had been reduced by too much. The decision has been examined by the State’s Legal Council, which has advised the government that the ruling means it is not obliged to return salaries to their pre-July 2012 level.

Sources also said that the New Democracy-PASOK administration would seek to pay back any money in installments, possibly stretching them out over a period as long as five years.

Hardouvelis met on Friday with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Premier Evangelos Venizelos to discuss this issue but the meeting, in which several other government officials also took part, also focused on the multi-bill that the coalition is due to submit to Parliament shortly in order to complete the “prior actions” required by the troika. Once this is done Greece will qualify for another 1 billion euros in bailout loans.

ekathimerini.com , Friday Jul 25, 2014 (20:55)  
Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete
Policemen suspected of working at Piraeus bar where shooting took place
Ankara proposes private firm to seek natural gas off Cyprus
Further tension builds up at universities
Debtors snap up offer for easier settlements
The government’s plan for the settlement debts to the state is paying off as Greeks are signing up in numbers for the more favorable payment scheme. In less than 24 hours since the opening o...
Belgium gas firm said to be eyeing DESFA
Belgian natural gas network operator Fluxys is said to be eyeing the Greek gas grid, after signing an agreement on Monday with its Greek counterpart (DESFA) for the drafting of a study on th...
Inside Business
SOCCER
Atletico eyes last 16 berth against Olympiakos
Greek champion Olympiakos faces a tough task if it is to prevent last season's beaten finalist Atletico Madrid sealing its passage into the last 16 of the Champions League at the Vicente Cal...
SOCCER
EPO ends soccer suspension, Super League resumes
Soccer action will resume this weekend after the Super League convened on Monday, elected a new president and alternate president and sent a letter to the soccer federation that assures it t...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
Beware of the fallen idols
Akis Tsochatzopoulos, a legendary figure of the Greek socialist movement, a man who came very close to taking over the party that governed the country for half of the time following the fall...
EDITORIAL
The hard truth
The coalition government must tell the truth to the Greek people, even if this entails admitting to mistakes made over the last few months. The country’s citizens are fully aware of how cruc...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Hundreds of migrants on crippled ship off Crete
2. Atletico eyes last 16 berth against Olympiakos
3. Debtors snap up offer for easier settlements
4. Belgium gas firm said to be eyeing DESFA
5. OLP approval paves way for investment in Piraeus
6. Airport tender exceeds expectations
more news
Today
This Week
1. Anastasiades to undergo heart surgery in the US on Dec 4
2. Cargo vessel carrying hundreds of migrants adrift southeast of Crete
3. Trade deficit widens by 8.7 percent during Jan-Sept period, says ELSTAT report
4. Two police officers among 9 arrested for drug trafficking
5. Fraport, Copelouzos offer highest bid for Greek regional airports
6. Stop Mediterranean becoming vast migrant cemetery, Pope tells Europe
Today
This Week
1. Double quake on Atalanti fault line rattles Greek capital [Update]
2. Biden heads to Istanbul amid tension over Cyprus EEZ violation
3. Give Greece a chance
4. Every age has its collaborators
5. Carlsberg takes control of Greek brewer Olympic Brewery [Update]
6. Scientists expand excavation of ancient Amphipolis
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.