SYRIZA’s Iliopoulos urges gov’t to give ‘real support’ to SMEs

Main opposition SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance spokesperson Nassos Iliopoulos on Tuesday emphasised the need to provide “real support” to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), with a scheme that will allow the repayment of private debt in several installments, as well as a partial debt hair cut.

Speaking to radio “Thessaloniki 94.5FM” on Tuesday, he said that the government’s political choices have resulted in “2020 closing with a recession of more than 10 pct in Greece”.

He said that the SMEs needed real support and not loans, otherwise “40 percent of them will not reopen after the lockdown”.
Referring to recent complaints that “80 percent of the deaths from COVID-19 are among people that have not been admitted to ICUs,” he said the reply given by Deputy Health Minister Vassilis Kontozamanis, in which he blamed doctors, was unacceptable and he called on the goverment to release the relevant figures.

Commenting on Greek-Turkish relations, he said the resumption of dialogue with Turkey was positive but noted that “any discussion with the other side should be based on a positive agenda but also the threat of sanctions”.