Gov’t preparing for the day after the completion of the fiscal program, Dragasakis tells Parliament

The government’s priorities are completing Greece’s fiscal program in 2018, including talks for debt reduction, and preparing the country to access the markets, Deputy Premier Yiannis Dragasakis said on Monday in Parliament.

Dragasakis briefed the SYRIZA committee for oversight of the government’s work, ahead of the debate on the draft state budget for 2018 that opened on Monday.

The government is preparing for the post-memoranda era and for a new series of changes that will boost growth and reduce inequality, he said, with priorities including a stricter implementation of government strategy for the restructuring of production and of a new viable and just model of growth.

SYRIZA undertook the responsibility of helping the country exit the loan memoranda and supervision, and it is now fulfilling its commitment, Dragasakis said. In the next discussion for the state budget a year from now, Greece will have passed into a new phase.

Among other things, he said that the chronic accumulation of problems and the extensive instability in the region do not allow for complacency, and planning as well as bold changes in the country’s operation are critical priorities in the new phase.

“SYRIZA, its parliamentary group, and the government must invest the experience of three years of rule, and use it effectively to accelerate the government’s work on behalf of the social majority,” Dragasakis said.

Also addressing the meeting were Alternate Minister for Fiscal Policy Giorgos Chouliarakis and Labor Minister Effie Achtsioglou.