ATHENS – A Greek team of ministers is finalizing strategy to use when meeting international lender envoys in Paris, including Greek courts overruling austerity measures.
Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis launched a flurry of meetings with key cabinet colleagues on Aug. 28 to go over the game plan for meeting representatives of the Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) from Sept. 2-4.
Greece said the meeting was moved to Paris to avoid protests, not as a junket, although the same people will be meeting in Athens later in the month.
Justice Minister Haralambos Athanassiou was due to visit Hardouvelis, followed by Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, who’s in charge of overseeing
The Greek team is due to arrive in the French capital on Sept. 2 to begin the talks, reportedly focusing on issues such as a projected fiscal gap, the budget execution, Greece’s primary surplus and the Greek court decisions the government can’t cut the pay of certain public worker sectors.
The next day, talks are expected to shift to matters concerning the Labor, Development and Administrative Reform Ministries such as a continuing pension overhaul, layoffs in the civil service and the huge number of bad loans Greek banks hold because of big pay cuts, tax hikes, and slashed pensions that created record unemployment.