Make MPS pay, says min­is­ter

Kathimerini English - - Front Page -

Politi­cians, MPs and high-rank­ing of­fi­cials in the pub­lic sec­tor who served in the post-1974 era should be asked to pay an ex­tra tax to in­crease the feel­ing of fair­ness among tax­pay­ers who have borne the brunt of the aus­ter­ity mea­sures, Trans­port Min­is­ter Yian­nis Ragousis said yes­ter­day.

“Given the new tax leg­is­la­tion, the gov­ern­ment has an obli­ga­tion to the Greek peo­ple to move for­ward with some­thing that will give a real feel­ing of cathar­sis,” said Ragousis, who was in­te­rior min­is­ter un­til the re­cent Cabi­net reshuf­fle.

The min­is­ter said that any­one who held a top pub­lic post in the era fol­low­ing the mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship “should be sub­ject to a real, ef­fec­tive and heavy one-off tax on the prof­its they made from as­sets or prop­erty.” Ragousis said that with­out such a mea­sure, “so­ci­ety will not calm down.”

Opin­ion polls have shown that Greeks feel politi­cians and oth­ers who prof­ited from their con­nec­tions with the pub­lic sec­tor have not con­trib­uted their fair share dur­ing the cri­sis.

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