Ref­er­en­dum not the way to go on mea­sures

Kathimerini English - - BUSINESS & FINANCE -

A ref­er­en­dum can­not be held to de­cide on aus­ter­ity mea­sures aimed at help­ing solve Greece’s debt cri­sis as it would be un­con­sti­tu­tional, Panayi­o­tis Mi­ha­los, pres­i­dent of the Hel­lenic En­trepreneurs As­so­ci­a­tion (EENE), said yes­ter­day.

Re­cent calls by the head of the Hel­lenic Fed­er­a­tion of En­ter­prises (SEV), Dim­itris Daskalopou­los, to put the next round of mea­sures to a pub­lic vote re­flect con­cerns in the busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal spheres about the state of the coun­try, he added.

“The state­ment was un­for­tu­nate, a ref­er­en­dum can only take place on gov­ern­ment is­sues and not for bud­getary rea­sons,” Mi­ha­los, who is also the CEO of South­East Group, told re­porters.

The out­come of a ref­er­en­dum of­ten de­pends on how the ques­tion is posed and this has been used on oc­ca­sion to le­gal­ize de­ci­sions based on the wrong is­sue, he added.

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