Climate with creditors positive, says gov’t spokeswoman Gerovassili

14 January 2016
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“There is a positive climate with the creditors that is also confirmed by them,” government spokeswoman Olga Gerovassili on Thursday said in statements to public ERT1 TV.

Gerovassili noted that the discussion on debt has “matured” and the programme review will proceed as initially planned. After the conclusion of the evaluation, which is expected in February, the discussion on the debt will begin, she said.

Asked on IMF’s role, she said that the IMF will decide in the spring whether it will remain in the Greek programme or not, now it participates as a technical advisor. She underlined that “the Greek government has always believed that Europe alone should solve its problems” and that “the presence of the IMF in Europe was not a welcomed development.”

Regarding the El Dorando company, she stressed that the country has rules, laws and these laws equal for all. “The Greek government cannot yield to the threat that a company will leave or stay for whatever investment activity,” she noted and added that the Greek government wants investments, but it wants investments that will help the economy and reduce unemployment, but obviously this cannot be done by accepting practices for non-payment of fines and non-compliance with decisions.

“Greece wants investments, and it is trying to create a favourable investment climate with rules and conditions. We want fairness, healthy businesses, healthier entrepreneurship for the benefit of the entrepreneurs but also in terms of public interest and environmental protection,” she added.

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