The three partners of the Greek coalition government partners finally agreed upon the 11-billion euro austerity package, even though Venizelos (PASOK) and Kouvelis( Democratic Left) had their reservations.
“I disagree but I am forced to accept. We will not take the country to elections,” Venizleos said after the meeting with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday afternoon. “As the Prime Minister considers that the austerity measures have to be agreed upon immediately I cannot but accept it.”
Venizelos added the preferred the option to first re-negotiate with Greece’s lenders on a two-year extension and then to proceed with the measures that are tailored to be implemented for the years 2013 and 2014.
Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras told reporters that the government’s aim is to finalize the whole package by end of August. The cuts are a precondition for Greece to remain in the euro zone. When asked about ‘horizontal cuts” the FinMin refrained from giving a concrete answer and said “We will try that the package has as little social impact as possible.”
“Official talks with the Troika will start now,” Stournaras said, meaning, the government will propose measures and the Troika will either approve or reject.