Representative of International Monetary Fund Poul Thomsen, one of the so-called Troikans, admitted that there were mistakes in the bailout agreement between Greece and its lenders. According to Sunday newspaper TO VIMA, shortly before the Eurogroup meeting on October 8th and the visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Athens a day earlier, Poul Thomsen had briefed representatives of foreign media in Greece. The briefing took place in Hilton Hotel, where Thomsen and the other Troika representatives reside, when in Athens.
- “We have reduced wages, but we did not open the closed professions.”- “The way we approached competitiveness in Greece was wrong.”- ” We covered half the way, cutting wages and we needed to make changes in the labour market, to open the markets and the closed professions.”- “The main problem is that we are in the fifth year of recession and still have positive inflation. And this creates an uneven distribution of the weight.”
As regards to the prime minister, Thomsen said that he [Antonis Samaras] succeeded in diplomatically rpomoting the Greek issue, but that nobody wants another program that moves off track.
TO VIMA submitted a request to the IMF about the briefing of Thomsen to foreign journalists. The reply the newspaper received by the IMF spokesman was that
“There was not official briefing, no notes were distributed to reporters.”