EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici confuses the dramatic sacrifices the Greek were enforced to make with lenders’ austerity measures. “Let’s continue the good work,” Moscovici cheered while visiting Athens on this warm July Tuesday inside his bubble made in Brussels.
“Now is the time to plan the successful conclusion of the programme in August 2018 and the post-programme period for Greece,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici said on Tuesday.
“You are visiting Greece on a special day, it is the day that Greece successfully returns to the markets, and this is the most important message and the most essential step in concluding this unpleasant adventure of the memorandum,” Tsipras said adding that investors have welcomed the Greek bonds.
On his part, Moscovici said: “We have achieved a lot, we have gone a long way, and we see the light now.”
The Commissioner focused on a series of positive developments such the conclusion of the programme review, the IMF decision which is a sign of confidence in Greece, and the European Commission’s proposal to end the excessive deficit procedure for Greece.
“Therefore,” he said, “it is time to test the markets and I hope that it will be a positive procedure.”
Moscovici underlined that he wants to celebrate the end of the programme in August 2018 and reassured the prime minister that the European Commission will be a dedicated partner and ally of Greece.
He also said that growth is higher than expected and estimated that it may reach 1.8 pct at least this year and 2.5 pct in 2018 adding that this will create jobs for the Greeks.
To tell you the truth I do not know exactly what Commissioner Moscovici achieved on the Greek issue other than burdening the Greeks’ shoulders with one loan after the other and demanding life-risking sacrifices.
Pierre Moscovice received some biting comments when he tweeted:
Confidence in #Greece is coming back. Let's continue the good work! 🇬🇷🇪🇺
— Pierre Moscovici (@pierremoscovici) July 25, 2017
Nick Litsardopoulos @Nlitsardopoulos 4h4 hours ago
Replying to @pierremoscovici
we also need to give low pension pensioners a break. They survive, rather than live, with <600€ a month on zero benefits Ψευδωνύμ ❤ @ExwMati 5h5 hours ago Replying to @pierremoscovici Really??? When you and the other eu top leaders top killing our people's dignity, only then confidence will come back. GREECE IS STARVING George Rosenberg @GeoRosenberg 2h2 hours ago Replying to @pierremoscovici More fake optimism from the ultimate compromiser. Hermann Henning @XAgathon 6h6 hours ago Replying to @pierremoscovici Man erzeugt eine neue #Griechenland-Illusion, um Kredite zu retten. (One creates a new Greece illusion in order to save credits.) Keep Talking Greece @keeptalkingGR 2h2 hours ago Replying to @pierremoscovici confidence is coming back, but no euro in our pockets. you can't survive the month on confidence alone, can you? As expected, Commissioner Pierre Moscovici did not bother to reply to the comments. Ps Probably he is still watching the light... I hope, he won't get blinded.