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Samaras tells ministers to ensure obligations are met promptly

Samaras tells ministers to ensure obligations are met promptly

By Lefteris Yallouros - Athens

A cabinet meeting was held Thursday in Athens, chaired by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. The meeting was officially called to prepare the country’s upcoming Presidency of the EU.

The Greek premier told ministers they must work throughout the summer holiday even, to ensure the country meets its obligations to international lenders under the adjustment program agreed with the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund.

“Until the European Parliament elections we must meet all our obligations under the MoU”, Samaras said.

The Greek PM was also clear that he has no intention of calling an early general election in the autumn, as has been reported in the press. Having said that, he warned cabinet members that the main opposition party (Coalition of the Radical Left, SYRIZA) will attempt to pressure the government into crisis thus forcing the PM’s hand to call an election.

Samaras is keen to rally the cabinet behind reforms that have to be made by September in Greece’s drive to meet fiscal and reform targets before October, when the next troika assessment is expected.

New Democracy and PASOK MP’s recently spoke out against a government plan to lift a ban on home repossessions and auctions. Greece is under pressure from the troika to lift the measure, which is thought to be negatively affecting the property market. However, this is proving a highly unpopular action amongst MP’s of the ruling coalition.

Several deputies of the ruling coalition also spoke out against Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras Thursday who had told Reuters in an interview he thought the government run the political risk of MP’s appearing fatigued with voting through unpopular measures.

Exiting the cabinet meeting Stournaras told reporters whoever felt aggravated did so wrongly, as his comments were merely describing the difficult situation the country is in and never intended to patronize parliament members.

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