Development Minister Nikos Dendias told Alpha radio on Friday that anyone who has transferred money abroad should bring it back and invest it in Greece.
Mr. Dendias clarified that “other ministries have the responsibility to offer incentives to these people, such as giving them the option to pay a fee and avoid penalties related to tax evasion etc.”
“This is not my job. I do not want to elaborate on this. But bringing money back to Greece is an offer to the nation, this is clear,” Mr. Dendias underlined.
Regarding the “red loans”, he reiterated the government’s target to present a plan for their settlement, “which has to be agreed with Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis after it has been submitted to the Prime Minister and approved by him.”
“Then it will have to be discussed with Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras and negotiated with the country’s international lenders. This will help them realize it cannot hurt the economy,”
Mr. Dendias concluded.