Stournaras: tax bill must be approved by next Friday

A new tax bill, which was unveiled last month and aims to raise 2.5 billion euros in revenue over the next two years, must be voted through Parliament by the end of next week, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told reporters on Friday following a meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras at the Maximos Mansion.

The talks focused on the government’s preparation for the next Eurogroup summit on January 21 when eurozone finance ministers are to assess Greece’s reform progress once again before deciding whether to release the next instalment of rescue loans, worth 9.2 billion euros.

Asked by reporters whether Greece was prepared for the Eurogroup summit, Stournaras said, “We must be ready, we must approve the tax bill by next Friday, that’s the most important issue.”