If 2015 was the year Greece secured its place in the Eurozone and ended the so-called ‘Grexit’ talk, then 2016 must be the year the country will start its exit from the crisis, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Tuesday, during a speech at an annual business forum in Athens.
Speaking at “The Greek economy” conference, an annual event organized by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, the prime minister said that “unlike what was happening in the past with the governments of PASOK and New Democracy which were forced to implement a program and an agreement, this government’s political plan is not confined to the implementation of the agreement.” He said the government has a plan for growth and social justice and will implement it.
“2016 will be the year that will consolidate the long-term political, economic and social stability in our country,” Tsipras said. “The only unswerving and irreplaceable condition for political stability is respect for the popular verdict which was delivered three times this year.”
Continuing his address, he said the new year will mark the return to growth and the restoration of social justice which will be directed as a priority to the most disadvantaged social groups.
He then noted that for the debate on Greek debt restructuring to start, the country must complete successfully its program review which is why the government’s goal is to complete it as soon as possible, while simultaneously protecting the weak, such as pensioners. This goal is achievable, said the prime minister, noting that it would be easier if all political parties agreed on these issues.