Tzanakopoulos: ‘Decision not to announce Paris trip was PM’s’

It was Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ decision to not announce his trip to Paris, government spokesman Dimitris Tzanakopoulos said on Tuesday in response to questions. He also noted that there were also other trips that the government “is not obliged to announce.”

Replying to reporters during the regular press briefing, Tzanakopoulos noted that the government had provided all necessary replies and “proved the lies and slander with which [main opposition New Democracy Vice-President Adonis] Georgiadis had dealt with the issue.”

“We made all the details public, which were also confirmed by the other side, namely the head of L’Oreal and the representatives of the investment bank the prime minister met with,” he added.

The spokesman also trained a spotlight on ND’s leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis, saying that Greece’s main opposition leader needs to fully explain the provenance and amount of money used to purchase a property bought by his wife in Paris at a time when the two were estranged.

Asked about Mitsotakis’ wealth statement, the spokesman said that ND’s leader should also clarify whether his wife is or has ever been a partner in a company with former Samaras aide Stavros Papastavrou, who was fined for tax evasion and only avoided jail by paying the amount owed.

“Mr. Mitsotakis’ curriculum vitae is excessively burdened. A few years ago we had the Siemens case. Last week it was the case with the scandalous loans to the ‘Kirikas Hanion’ (Chania Herald) that has not made payments in 11 years. Today there is a new political and financial scandal whose continuance Mitsotakis appears to be maintaining through his silence,” Tzanakopoulos said.

On the latest social insurance regulations for freelance workers, Tzanakopoulos admitted that there were “technical difficulties” with the recently introduced changes and that the government was working on a solution to avoid any unnecessary hardship or financial burden for low and middle incomes, with a circular due to be issued soon.