A new period had begun in which the government's aim will be growth with fairness, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in an interview with the newspaper "Efimerida ton Syntakton' published on Sunday.
"Growth because the country and the economy are entering a phase of reconstruction. And fairness because such growth only has meaning when its benefits are spread throughout society," Tsipras said. He explained that growth will be accompanied by ever stronger social protection, support for labour and the small and medium-sized economy and a proportional distribution of the benefits, in the same way as the burdens had been distributed during the crisis.
The prime minister said he was satisifed with the agreement on the debt, saying it was the best that could be achieved given the circumstances and was the first time Greece was given clear commitments and not just promises. Most important of all, he added, the agreement called for a "debt-capping" mechanism that will ensure the country will "never pay more than 15 pct of its annual GDP on debt repayment."