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Regular sessions of the parliament are starting about the reforms in the pension security system

28 June 2010 / 13:06:53  GRReporter
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Prime Minister George Papandreou wants to demonstrate to the creditors of the "triple" that the memorandum is followed. At the same time he aims to unite the inside of his party, since in PASOK increasingly could be heard voices against the government policy, targeting mainly against reforms in the pension system and labor relations.

In the next ten days the Government will attempt to put the economic and political life on track by organizing meetings on which the members of the parliament will be able to express all their objections and to talk to key ministers. The Prime Minister will try to convince lawmakers that if the bill is not passed, salaries and pensions would not be able to be paid.

Prime Minister has not yet answered whether he will impose party discipline and wheter he will make the vote of the pension security reform look like a "vote of confidence". His close associates strongly reject the scenario that there is a threat to cause an election. On Tuesday political council is sitting in the presence of Minister of Employment Andres Loverdos and Mnister of Finance George Papakonstantinou, who will answer questions from the members of the Supreme Managing body for the pension security reform regarding the labor relations and equalizing the age limits.

Following will then be held a meeting also of the PASOK parliamentary group to unleash at that time the anger on the MPs of the government policy. At the meeting the Prime Minister will try to bind them politically and psychologically by pointing out that if the points in the memorandum are not met the state will not have money for pensions and salaries. This does not mean that all the changes are imposed by the triple, as the position of George Papandreou is known, that the country has long needed reforms.

Tomorrow is declared by the unions a day for a 24-hours strike of the employees in the public and private sectors and a big rally-demonstration will be held. For the politicians and the public tomorrow is a test - because of the tension that exists after the terrorist attack against the Minister of civil protection, because of the intentions of more young people to engage in extreme acting groups. However the stake for the Prime Minister who chose to go the hard way is that soon will show up results that will rehabilitate the confidence in the political system and will change the situation in the country.

In turn, the strategy of New Democracy is for the country to get rid of the Memorandum for the economy, stressed the leader of ND Antonis Samaras during his speech regarding the completion of the Eighth regular congress of the party, during which he accused the government that it has "handed the keys of the country by signing the Memorandum, which leads to a closed circle of recession and ruin".

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