SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance leader Alexis Tsipras proposed on Wednesday that the party hold its annual congress on February 24-27, and begin a campaign to register new members and to promote the party's positions on issues related to cost of living, the pandemic, unemployment and social exclusion.
At the party's Political Council meeting, the main opposition leader spoke of "a difficult winter ahead, with prices rising daily and households' buying power radically dropping constantly."
He added that "the government's failures will increase social pressure" on households struggling to meet fuel bills and businesses facing shutdowns.
Tsipras said the party's proposal of raising monthly minimum wage to 800 euros "must be at the forefront" of the party, and he also criticized the government for selling off 17% of the Public Power Corporation, "losing state control of the company at a very critical time." Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, he said, "proved he is not even able to understand the extent of the crisis and therefore the extent of the needed interventions, nor does he have the political desire to introduce interventions that will support and protect working-class families and the middle class." This will make winter very difficult for households and businesses, he added, "comparable to the years 2012-2013."
Referring to the Recovery Fund, which he said "will not be used to benefit society, as indicators show," Syriza should call for the setup of a parliamentary committee with other parties, he stressed, that will oversee the use of funding "to the very last euro."
Other initiatives Tsipras proposed were a political campaign promoting the party's positions focusing on responses to the "unprecedented wave of high prices," as well as continuing the vaccination campaign, particularly for vulnerable groups (refugees, migrants, homeless and people with drug addictions).
Tsipras also proposed convening th party's Central Reconstruction Committee on Saturday (Oct. 23).
"The time has come to move forward in an orderly way with the completion of our plans for the organizational reconstruction, the expansion and the quality-based transformation of the party," which will "provide the impetus for a new political and social majority and the political change" that will bring a progressive government to power, he said.