FinMin, govt sources quickly dismiss prospect of ‘Easter bonus’ for Greek pensioners, civil servants
Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos immediately extinguished speculation of yet another “holiday benefit” being doled out by the poll-trailing Tsipras government, speaking hours after a deputy minister referred to an “Easter bonus” for civil servants and pensioners.
Deputy Social Insurances Minister Tassos Petropoulos on Tuesday morning raised eyebrows in Athens – and mostly likely in other European capitals as well – by referring to such welfare handout.
“Many say we’ll provide such an extraordinary benefit, because there’s a portion (of fiscal space) that we can dole out … these decisions are planned centrally and announced by the prime minister”.
In a curt reply to the radio comment by his fellow Cabinet member, Tsakalotos replied to a press question by saying it was the first time he’s heard of such a prospect, adding: “you’ll have to ask Mr. Petropoulos”.
In quick order, government sources also stated that there was no intent to hand out such an “Easter benefit”.
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