ATHENS – With Parliament in a summer skeleton crew session, Greece’s coalition government plans to ram through a multi-bill of more than 600 unfinished reforms demanded by international lenders.
The Troika of the European Union-International Monetary Fund-European Central Bank (EU-IMF-ECB) is holding back a next installment of one billion euros until the package is adopted.
But with disagreement between Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ ruling New Democracy Conservatives and its partner the PASOK Socialists over some issues, the bill reportedly won’t contain all the Troika insisted upon, such as the scrapping of nuisance taxes. Those could be added later.
The multi-bill, however, will contain a provocative plan to allow development along the coastline and adding 400 jobs to the Gneral Secretariat for Revenues, whose first chief, Haris Theoharis recently quit after it was said the government objected to him chasing high-profile tax cheats who have largely escaped austerity measures hitting most Greeks.
The legislation has to be voted through Parliament by August 8 so Greece can receive the next bailout monies by the end of the month. In the summer, the body has only 100 members instead of the usual 300.