PM Tsipras Announces Reforms Programme after Meeting with OECD Chief
Friday, 13 March 2015
Wrapping up their talks on a new reform programme for Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria ended their meeting on Thursday with the signature of a document for cooperation between Greece and the OECD on a package of economic and structural reforms.
Having obtained the OECD's stamp of approval for its proposed reforms package, the Greek government now hopes it will be able to overcome the misgivings of its EU partners and embark on a new chapter in the country's European course, Tsipras said.
"This stamp in our "passport" will be very important for building a new trust with our partners," the Greek premier said during a joint press conference with Gurria held afterwards.
Gurria told the press conference that the document signed by the two sides on Thursday aims to "cement ties between Greece and the OECD" and at cooperation on issues designed to improve the competitiveness of businesses, reduce bureaucratic obstacles, increase transparency and boost competition in order to discourage oligopolies and monopolies.
Tsipras, on his part, said the new Greek government was in a unique position to press ahead with its reform targets, since it had no dependencies from the past nor any ties to the economic oligarchy.
"At the same time, our government has the support of the great majority of the Greek people, so we can meet two important conditions: the first concerns the political will to confront vested interests and the second is the creation of a broad, social consensus behind the structural reforms that the Greek economy needs," he said.