ECONOMY

List of 28 sell-offs on the table

Wednesday?s meeting between the leaders of the three parties in the country?s coalition government will discuss a list of 28 state companies for privatization, and possibly a second list of state properties for utilization.

The list of sell-off projects has been mainly processed by the state privatization fund (TAIPED) and includes all the companies the previous government agreed to sell upon signing the second bailout agreement with its creditors earlier this year.

The issue of state property utilization will be high on the agenda, given yesterday?s order by Prime Minister Samaras to have all public real estate property recorded and reported to him within a week. TAIPED officials say there are a number of state properties — possibly dozens — that are mature for utilization, although there has only been minimal private sector interest.

The market is also anticipating Wednesday?s meeting for another reason, as it is hoped that it will result in the naming of a new president for TAIPED, which has remained leaderless for about a month, clearing the way for the fund to work faster.