Mitsotakis: Gov’t has failed to guarantee country’s market access

The government has failed, by implementing tough measures without guaranteeing market access after the completion of the third fiscal adjustment program, New Democracy (ND) leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Tuesday.

The main opposition leader said that his government would consist of younger politicians and that his cabinet would be smaller and more efficient. There would be no layoffs in the public sector, he added, but a hire would be made for five people leaving. The priority sectors for hirings would be health, kindergartens and education.

Mitsotakis said he would also annul the law responsible for the release of “thousands of criminals who could return to crime” and implement a pension system tied to the length of service and lower social insurance withholdings, reduced from 20 percent to 15 percent over four years.

On the agreement between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia over the name issue, Mitsotakis said “we will not ratify the agreement, either now or in the next parliament, if we govern. We shall use all options to change the problematic parts of the agreement.”

Ahead of the Thessaloniki International Fair on Saturday, when Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will deliver an economic policy speech, the main opposition leader said the premier “has neither the ability nor the intention to implement a liberal program of reforms.” ND, he added, said has a program to reduce public expenditure and taxation and to attract investments, and he would speak on this in Thessaloniki.