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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-02-25

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] ANEL leader: Examining committee on the memorandum
  • [02] Primary surplus target of 3.0 pct would be catastrophic for the economy, Varoufakis says‏

  • [01] ANEL leader: Examining committee on the memorandum

    ANA/MPA---Independent Greeks (ANEL) decided that they will seek the setting up of an examinining committee on how Greece got into the memorandum, according to ANEL leader Panos Kammenos' statement at its party's parliamentary group meeting that was concluded earlier on Wednesday.

    Kammenos said that "ANEL's parliamentary group unanimously decided the drawing up of a text on the establishment of an examining committee."

    According to ANA-MPA sources, Kammenos briefed his deputies on the developments related to the Eurogroup and said that Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis negotiated under very harsh and difficult conditions adding that it was the first time that Germany was set aside.

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will meet Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos on Wednesday in parliament after the end of their parties parliamentary group meetings.

    According to ANA-MPA sources, Tsipras and Kammenos will discuss issues related to the Defence ministry.

    Independent Greeks is the junior party that participates in SYRIZA government.

    [02] Primary surplus target of 3.0 pct would be catastrophic for the economy, Varoufakis says‏

    ANA/MPA---Greek Finance Minister Yianis Varoufakis on Wednesday said that a target for a 3.0 pct primary surplus would be catastrophic for the economy and that it was no longer under discussion. "A primary surplus could not be higher than 1.5 pct," Varoufakis told a radio interview, adding that negotiations over a debt restructuring will begin immediately.

    The Greek FinMin said that the government will adhere to an 100-installment offer to taxpayers with overdue tax debt although he added that organization such as OECD had some very good ideas over how to make this legislation more clever. He noted that the government would not raise VAT in Greek islands although he said that small changes in the VAT will be done. Varoufakis made it clear that there would be no dismissals in the public sector and that the government would not cut pensions and wages. The government will also change an existing property tax later this year, while a tax-exempt ceiling of 12,000 euros would be discussed in the framework of the government's general policy after June.


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