Government Lays out Directions for Greek Delegation at Brussels Group
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
The government will advise the Greek delegation at Brussels Group to close all pending issues as quickly as possible and secure a deal with the country’s creditors, without backing down from its “red lines”, government sources said on Monday.
During the meeting of the political negotiation team, chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, ministers discussed the planning and directives which will be given to the Greek representatives ahead of the talks starting in Brussels on Tuesday.
Other issues discussed were the VAT, the fiscal gap and social security. Concerning VAT, the same sources said talks are close to reaching an agreement on the government proposal for three rates of 7 pct, 14 pct and 22 pct, with ministers trying to add as many food products as possible in the low VAT rate. Concerning the fiscal gap, the sources said that differences in estimates arise from how to calculate costs.
The sources also noted that the government is establishing what it wants to accomplish from an overall agreement, based on the main aims laid out by Tsipras in recent speeches and concern liquidity, handling the fiscal gap, the Greek debt and the issue of an investment package.
The meeting was attended by Government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister George Stathakis and Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations Euclid Tsakalotos.