Sunday December 21, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
17o C
10o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Coalition leaders to hold final meeting ahead of Paris talks

A meeting between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Deputy Premier Evangelos Venizelos on Wednesday evening is expected to result in the government settling on its negotiating strategy for the talks coalition representatives are due to hold with the troika in Paris at the beginning of September.

The meeting, due to begin at 6 p.m., is the second the coalition leaders are holding this week as the government gears up for the September 2 rendezvous in Paris. They will be joined by Finance Ministry officials, as well as Development Minister Nikos Dendias, Labor Minister Yiannis Vroutsis, Justice Minister Haralambos Athanasiou, Deputy Administrative Reform Minister Evi Christofilopoulou and State Minister Dimitris Stamatis.

The government officials will look at all the loose ends remaining ahead of the troika’s expected return to Athens in mid-September while also finalizing Greece’s main goals for the Paris meeting. The Greek side hopes to emerge from the discussion with a commitment from the troika regarding the moves that will follow the conclusion of the fifth review of the country’s adjustment program, particularly with regard to further debt relief and whether Greece’s lenders will insist on a third bailout package.

However, the troika will also want to see signs that Greece is set to meet structural reform targets. These include speeding up the pace at which justice is delivered. It is estimated that there are some 400,000 cases currently outstanding at Greek courts, 100,000 of which are related to tax matters.

Also, Greece has to fire another 6,500 civil servants by the end of the year. However, Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is facing resistance on this issue, particularly from coalition partner PASOK.

The Socialists are also opposed to the changes to labor regulations being demanded by the troika, including the right for employers to refuse employees the right to work during a labor dispute, also known as a lockout.

ekathimerini.com , Tuesday August 26, 2014 (21:21)  
Environment Ministry to reconsider controversial bill
Corfu to host country’s first hydroplane strip
Political upheaval sharpens after bribe claims with threats and insinuations
Police gets new communications system
Workers rush to get early retirement
Nine out of 10 workers who retired in the last four months who had belonged to the former special funds of banks and state corporations that have now been incorporated in the Social Security...
Piraeus Containter Terminal goes from strength to strength
Piraeus Container Terminal, the local subsidiary of Chinese giant Cosco Pacific, is expected to handle a total of over 3 million containers in the January-December period of this year. The J...
Inside Business
BASKETBALL
Explosive Barca unfazed by Panathinaikos, bomb scare
Panathinaikos lost 80-67 at home to Barcelona on Friday in a rather meaningless game at the end of the first group stage of the Euroleague, but the encounter will be remembered for the bomb ...
SOCCER
Abidal cuts short playing career at Olympiakos
Former France and Barcelona defender Eric Abidal announced his retirement from football on Friday, a day before his last match. Abidal said he will finish after playing for Olympiakos agains...
Inside Sports
COMMENTARY
The big picture
In his second term, US President Barack Obama is taking steps to enshrine his legacy and solidify America’s standing in the 21st century. His recent decision to normalize relations between t...
EDITORIAL
Get your facts straight
The danger that political discourse in Greece will sink to the basest levels of vulgarity is already more than apparent from the allegations we have heard bandied about over recent days. The...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
 RECENT NEWS
1. Environment Ministry to reconsider controversial bill
2. Corfu to host country’s first hydroplane strip
3. Political upheaval sharpens after bribe claims with threats and insinuations
4. Police gets new communications system
5. Most Greeks say they recycle daily
6. Probe into revenues of 2 mln euros in Halkidiki municipality
more news
Today
This Week
1. The big picture
2. Get your facts straight
3. Political upheaval sharpens after bribe claims with threats and insinuations
4. Environment Ministry to reconsider controversial bill
5. Changes on E9 property declarations possible until end-year
6. Police gets new communications system
Today
This Week
1. Samaras summons bond vigilantes with euro exit talk
2. A friendly yet firm message from Pierre Moscovici
3. Europe's drama in Greece needs final act to avoid tragedy
4. High stakes
5. On the edge but not gutless
6. Gap between SYRIZA and New Democracy closing, says poll
   Find us ...
  ... on
Twitter
     ... on Facebook   
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.