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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 17-05-01

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  • [01] Meeting between Greek government, institutions gets underway
  • [02] Only reforms to create new jobs can protect workers' interests, Mitsotakis tweets

  • [01] Meeting between Greek government, institutions gets underway

    A meeting between the Greek government's negotiating team and the heads of the institutions' missions in Athens got underway late on Monday afternoon after the lenders produced the final drafts of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies (MEFP). The MoU is the agreement that will be signed with the European institutions and the MEFP will be signed with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    The meeting hopes to resolve remaining differences between Athens and the institutions on eight or nine issues of both major and minor importance, such as the pension system, privatisations, retail markets and the public sector.

    The resumption of talks, originally scheduled for 13:00, was delayed so that a clean draft of the two agreements might be drawn up and presented to the Greek government. Security around the Hilton Hotel in Athens where the talks are taking place was exceptionally tight on Monday, due to May Day rallies and marches taking place in the Greek capital

    [02] Only reforms to create new jobs can protect workers' interests, Mitsotakis tweets

    The real interests of workers can only be ensured through reforms that will bring new jobs, primarily for the younger generation," main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a tweet posted in his personal Twitter account on Monday, regarding the May Day labour holiday.

    His message was echoed by an announcement earlier issued by his party, which said that Greece needed "immediate political change" and reforms that will create new jobs and opportunities "without empty promises and populism."

    The announcement attacked the government for "unparalleled incompetence" that it said had gone beyond all bounds, so that the 2017 May Day holiday effectively coincided with the signature of a fourth Greek memorandum.

    "This year May Day is celebrated at a very difficult time for the working men and women of our country. The Tsipras-Kammenos government, ever since taking over power, has constantly had unpleasant surprises in store for them. It is clear that it is unable to ensure an even rudimentary normality for the people of labour and the Greek people as a whole," the announcement said.

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