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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-01-05

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Creditors receive Greek govt's draft on social security reform package
  • [02] ND leader attacks gov't spokeswoman over pension cut remarks
  • [03] Greece raises 1.625 bln euros from T-bill auction‏

  • [01] Creditors receive Greek govt's draft on social security reform package

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/ Ch.Vassilaki) - Greece's institutional creditors received a draft of the Greek government's intended social security reforms late on Monday evening, European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas confirmed a day later.

    According to Schinas, the Greek government proposal will be examined by the institutions and the deliberations with Greek officials are expected to be concluded within the framework of the first evaluation, which will "start later in this month".

    "The first evaluation comes as a continuation of the decision of the European Stability Mechanism last month to disburse the 1 bln euros sub-tranche to Greece," he said.

    According to sources, a need for a political consensus on the specific issue, relevant to the one that existed in 2015 in the Greek parliament on important issues. was cited.

    [02] ND leader attacks gov't spokeswoman over pension cut remarks

    Interim main opposition New Democracy party president Yiannis Plakiotakis on Tuesday took aim at government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili for her statements on whether there would be any pension cuts in a soon-to-be-tabled pension reform draft bill.

    "Ms. Gerovassili's claim that there will be no reductions in primary or supplementary pensions ... can only be a cause for mirth," he said, accusing her of tricking the Greek people with empty words.

    He also challenged the spokeswoman and the government to explain why they had failed to live up to a series of promises, including the cancellation of memorandums, abolishing the ENFIA property tax, as well as a mid-summer decision for a bank holiday and subsequent capital controls, while also mentioning the lifting of a ban on mortgage-linked foreclosures.

    "Unfortunately, for the Greek prime minister and his government reality revealed the truth and the paucity of their policies," Plakiotakis added.

    [03] Greece raises 1.625 bln euros from T-bill auction‏

    Greece on Tuesday successfully auctioned a six-month Treasury bill issue draining 1.625 billion euros from the market. The interest rate of the issue was set at 2.97 pct, unchanged from the previous auction of same issue last month. Bids submitted were 1.3 times more than the asked sum of 1.25 billion euros.
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