ATHENS – The decisions taken by SYRIZA’s Central Committee are binding for the party’s MPs also, government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis said.
He also made it clear that the government has no plans for a cabinet reshuffle, when asked whether any agreement reached with the creditors would be implemented by the existing government team.
According to Sakellaridis, the agreement that would finally be sent to Parliament and possibly SYRIZA’s Central Committee “will have all those features” that would allow a vote without problems.
Questioned about comments made by foreign officials, Sakellaridis noted that some of these could be seen as “extremely aggressive and derogatory,” while adding that Greece had chosen not to respond in kind.
With respect to leaks disputing whether European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker should have a say in the negotiations on Greece, Sakellaridis said he could not believe that such comments had been made, given that the European Commission was directly involved in the negotiations.
“One of the three is the European Commission, which has equal say and whose opinion carries the same weight as the other institutions involved in the process,” he noted.
The spokesman also clarified that there had been no official invitation to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to address the European Parliament on May 28.
Sakellaridis said that the government had not asked for any extension of the loan agreement, nor had anyone raised this issue, while it was not currently considering any postponement of payments until a ‘debt truth’ committee launched in Greece had issued its report.
He also said that Tsipras had not instructed Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to record the sessions of the Eurogroup, while the minister had repeatedly stated that he absolutely respects the confidentiality of the sessions.
He underlined that Varoufakis continued to have the full confidence of both the Prime Minister and of the government, and that the government had “no issue with any government minister.”