Tsakalotos refutes deputy minister’s Easter bonus claims


Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos denied claims by Deputy Labor Minister Tasos Petropoulos that the government was planning to pay a one-off benefit to civil servants and civil service pensioners in the form of an Easter bonus.

Speaking to Greek radio station News247, Petropoulos said: “It is being reported and some are saying that we will pay a one-off benefit because there really is an amount we can distribute. These are decisions that the government takes and the prime minister announces.”

“It’s the first time Ι hear of this. Ask Mr. Petropoulos” Tsakalotos responded when asked about the deputy minister’s remarks.

Commenting on the same issue, government sources also said there is no such plan.

A report in a Greek newspaper had speculated in recent days that the amount distributed would exceed 650 million euros.