ND to op­pose fis­cal mea­sures in bill

Stathakis de­nies fail­ing to de­clare 1 mln de­posit but ad­mits to an omis­sion in 2012

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SYRIZA and New Democ­racy were at odds yesterday over the con­tents of the multi-bill that MPs are due to vote on to­day as well as al­le­ga­tions over min­is­ters’ fail­ure to fully de­clare their as­sets.

“Vote for them on your own: They cre­ate prob­lems for so­ci­ety,” said New Democ­racy leader Evan­ge­los Meimarakis in Par­lia­ment in ref­er­ence to the mea­sures in­cluded in the om­nibus bill Greece has to pass as part of its ef­fort to un­lock another 2 bil­lion eu­ros in bailout fund­ing.

“We voted for the pro­gram, which con­tains tar­gets and a timetable,” said the con­ser­va­tive chief by way of ex­plain­ing why his party backed the third bailout in Par­lia­ment in Au­gust. “The mea­sures [though] are yours,” he added.

Meimarakis high­lighted in­creases to tax on prop­erty and in­come from rentals, value-added tax and pri­vate ed­u­ca­tion as mea­sures that his party is com­pletely op­posed to. The con­ser­va­tives will not vote for any fis­cal mea­sures but would sup­port any struc­tural re­forms in the multi-bill, said Meimarakis.

The ND leader also called on the gov­ern­ment to re­spond to al­le­ga­tions that a min­is­ter had failed to de­clare 1 mil­lion eu­ros in de­posits in his deriva­tion of wealth form (“pothen es­ches”). “Who­ever it is should come out and say so,” said Meimarakis.

A few hours later, Econ­omy Min­is­ter Gior­gos Stathakis is­sued a state­ment in which he con­firmed that he was the min­is­ter in ques­tion but de­nied that he did not de­clare the de­posit. Ac­cord­ing to Stathakis, the money was not in­cluded on the pothen es­ches form he sub­mit­ted in 2012, af­ter be­ing elected to Par­lia­ment but was added in a sup­ple­men­tary dec­la­ra­tion the fol­low­ing year.

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