Deputy Transport Minister Michalis Papadoulos dropped a bomb-shell that exploded in the face of the Troika and also expressed the frustration of many officials in the Greek coalition government. Referring to the often absurd demands tabled by the chief auditors controlling Greece, Papadopoulos blamed the Troika for blocking an overall agreements and accused the representatives of the country’s lenders for “serving interests of the private sector”.
” The troika has obsessions that are not reasonable and are derived from the logic been created by its technical teams,” Papadopoulos told radio Athens 9.84FM on Tuesday morning. “They are like a corner shop, where everyone who passes leaves something [a demand, I suppose] and then the Troika comes and says “Ah, do this as well! I send you an e-mail and we also have this issue that is still open. of course, no issue is open…” (newsit.gr)
KTG understands that what Michalis Papadopoulos said was that while there is a list of Troika demands that the Greek government tries to fulfill and comply with, the private sector tables additional demands to the Troika like changes in the labor market and salaries, for example, and then the Troika adds additional demands to the already long list that the Greek government has to deal with.
“Deputy Transport Minister Michalis Papadopoulos accused the troika on Tuesday of adapting its demands of the Greek government to suit the needs of private groups with which it comes into contact.
“The troika has certain obsessions that are groundless and are part of the way of thinking created by its technical teams,” he told Athens 984 radio station. “They are like a corner shop, where everyone who passes leaves something and then the troika picks up on it and says: “Ah, yes! You have to do this as well”.”
When asked whether he though that the troika was looking after specific private interests, Papadopoulos launched another rebuke of Greece’s lenders.
“There are institutional bodies, Greek and foreign, who pass by the troika and say: “Do this as well”,” said the deputy minister. “The troika has adopted a way of thinking that involves them serving particular interests.” (ekathimerini)
Michalis Papadopoulos made this statement 24 hours before the return of the Troikans who are due to make a final evaluation round of Greek government achievements.
Papadopoulos is a Minister from Samaras’ Nea Dimokratia.
PS to tell you the truth – and after having followed the signed loan agreements (MoU) and the extraordinary demands sent to Greek government per e-mail over the last four years, I do not think Papadopoulos accusations are out of the blue.