G. Katrougalos: Negotiations with creditors on labour issues will continue as if I was there

Outgoing Labour Minister and new Alternate Minister for European Affairs George Katrougalos said negotiations with Greece’s lenders on labour issues which have started as part of the country’s second program review will continue “as if he was there” because the new labour minister participated in the negotiations.

Thirty-year-old Efi Ahtsioglou, who is taking over as Labour Minister after the government reshuffle on Friday night, was the director of Katrougalos’ office and participated in the talks.

“Continuation of the negotiations is ensured in the best way, because the new minister was my office director – of my own choice – with direct participation in the negotiations. Therefore, the negotiation continues as if I was there. I am very optimistic that we will achieve our goal to return to collective bargaining in order for Greece to return to European normalcy,” he told Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA).