Government spokesman says ND chooses to identify with specific business interests

Government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos reiterated on Monday evening the view expressed by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos earlier today that the main opposition may have been involved in the decision of Canadian miner Eldorado to announce it is suspending investments in Greece.

Tzanakopoulos told private TV channel SKAI that the “timing” of the announcement raised questions, adding that the leader of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsorakis had previously met with the company’s management. He also said there was a media report which almost foretold this development.

“The main opposition chooses to identify itself with specific business interests […] without looking into the essence of the case, the disputed issues.

Asked about the bottom line of the dispute, he aid Eldorado submitted a technical study and did not provide additional details to the ministry when they were requested, which led the ministry to seek arbitration.

“It’s the third time the company announces the end of its investment operations,” he added. “We are not used to dealing with ultimatums […] the next steps will be decided on the basis of the legislation.”

Asked about the comments posted by of Minister Alexis Tsipras’ strategic advisor Nikos Karanikas on Facebook, Tzanakopoulos replied: “I’m surprised you are asking me to comment on Karanika’s post and not the company’s colonial insolence.”