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Greek Economy Minister: 'EU Forces Want to Cancel Eurogroup's Agreement'

stathakisThe promotion of the regulation on the first residence foreclosures is not a unilateral action on Greece’s part, Economy Minister George Stathakis reassured in an interview to private MEGA TV late Wednesday, adding that such a message does not exist on the institutions’ part.
Stathakis said that the ministry has already started the necessary procedures and had contact with the European Central Bank as well as with the Greek Banks Union on the government’s intentions. On the general issue of dealing with the households and businesses’ bad loans, the minister clarified that it is a process that needs time to be completed. However, within the next days the ministry will be in the position to present a comprehensive regulation that will lead to the problem’s solution, he said. At a question where the necessary capitals that will finance these loans will be found, the minister said that they will come from the Financial Stability Fund.
He also referred to the government’s priorities on the restart of the economy and the invigoration of the business interest noting that the simplification of the licensing procedures will continue and within the next months the Citizens Service Centers (KEP) for businesses will be ready to operate, the growth law will change and the new one will offer incentives to the small and medium sized enterprises, the young entrepreneurship and to businesses that can have high added value for the economy.
The minister expressed his opinion that finally the country will reach an agreement with its partners despite the fact that there are ‘powers’ in the EU that are trying to cancel the February 20 Eurogroup agreement and to send the country back to a memorandum. Regarding the government’s red lines in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ meeting with EU top officials on the sidelines of the EU Summit on Thursday and in his meeting on Monday in Berlin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said that the country will not accept any additional measures that will further burden the Greek citizens.
Finally, referring to the privatizations, Stathakis said that those that have been completed will not change, there will be a negotiation for those that are in progress, adding that for those in which the procedure has not started, it will not open at all.
(Source ANA-MPA)

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