Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said his government managed to raise 256 million euros from the recent broadcasting tender which auctioned off four nationwide TV licences, because the limited number created more competition.
“Because we limited the offer we created this intense competition. They were inside the General Secretariat for three days and they didn’t know how high the amount was. This is why we collected the 256 million,” Tsipras told parliament in his rejoinder during an off-the-agenda debate on corruption and intertwined interests.
“What we do has a great peculiarity: Other governments have tried it, but backed down. It is not an easy thing having them all against you, distorting everything from morning to night,” he added, noting it takes some “bravery of the soul” to do it.
“We promised the Greek people we’ll finish this. We are united by honesty. All you want is power.”
The prime minister then accused New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis of bullying judges and judicial officials who are deliberating on the TV licensing tender. “From the start until the end of his speech today, Mr. Mitsotakis has attempted to buy judges,” he said.
He also told parliament his government protected 95 percent of the primary residencies of Greeks valued up to 280,000 euros, thus protecting the weaker citizens.