Dragasakis: ‘For us the exit will be clean, without prior actions or provisos’

The four-year plan for reorganising Greece’s economy, including support for the social state in the country, will put a stop to speculation on whether the country’s exit from the financial assistance programme will be “clean” or otherwise, government Vice-President and Economy and Development Minister Yiannis Dragasakis said on Wednesday.

“For us, the exit will be clean, without prior actions and provisos – it will be a transparent path,” he said, speaking on the radio station “Sto Kokkino”.

Dragasakis said the government wanted “joint growth” in the Balkans and noted that, especially in Thessaloniki and northern Greece, “it is hard to imagine growth that is unrelated to what is happening in the rest of the region.”

Referring to the name dispute with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), he said that a solution would make economic cooperation easier and thus prove the usefulness of a solution to Skopje as well. As an example, he cited the railway connection between northern Greece and Serbia, with FYROM as a “black hole in the middle”.

He also pointed out that Greece was like a country emerging from a war, having experienced 27 pct unemployment and lost one third of its economy, with the government’s plan striving to address the problems that had arisen.

Dragasakis appeared confident that businesses will be convinced to come on board in the effort for equitable growth that was both environmentally and socially sustainable, predicting that even those not fully convinced would eventually be obliged to align themselves with the leadership priorities.