ATHENS | Prime Minister Antonis Samaras chaired over the weekend a series of ministerial meetings ahead of the resumption of negotiations between Greek Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras and the EC/ECB/IMF troika of lenders’ representatives on Monday.
A prolonged meeting, chaired by Samaras, was held at the Maximos Mansion at noon on Sunday, in the presence of Government Vice President, Foreign Minister and PASOK party leader Evangelos Venizelos. The red lines set remain and an effort will be made for whatever difference exists with the troika to be covered with structural changes.
Finance Minister Stournaras said after the meeting that an effort is being made for the gap to be bridged and a solution to be achieved in time. He stressed that there is no open issue, as regards labour issues, and that a part of the fiscal gap will be covered by interventions of the Labour ministry and with the implementation of the Unified Salary Scale. However, he clarified that he does not believe that there can be a solution immediately.
Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis presented the changes that he is promoting on the insurance issue and with which he believes that he will be able to save at least 600 million euros. In a statement he spoke of “tidying up the insurance issue”, saying he is optimistic that a solution will be ultimately found.