Brus­sels to keep 2015 emer­gency Grexit plan se­cret

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Euro­pean Eco­nom­i­cand Mone­tary Af­fairs Com­mis­sioner Pierre Moscovici has turned down a re­quest from for­mer Greek min­is­ter Anna Dia­man­topoulou for Brus­sels to make pub­lic the emer­gency plan it drafted in the sum­mer of 2015 for the pos­si­bil­ity of a Greek exit from the eu­ro­zone.

Dia­man­topoulou, who also served as a Euro­pean com­mis­sioner be­tween 1999 and 2004, wrote to Moscovici ear­lier this year fol­low­ing a revival of Grexit spec­u­la­tion and asked for the plan to be pub­lished so Greeks could be aware of the dan­gers in­volved.

How­ever, Moscovici sug­gested in his re­sponse, which Dia­man­topoulou re­ceived a few days ago, that pub­lish­ing the draft would sim­ply fuel dam­ag­ing spec­u­la­tion and would not be in the pub­lic in­ter­est as it would en­dan­ger fi­nan­cial, mone­tary and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity in Greece. He also said that the doc­u­ment con­tains some highly sen­si­tive is­sues.

Parts of the plan, which is said to in­clude emer­gency hu­man­i­tar­ian aid for Greece, were dis­cussed at the Col­lege of Com­mis­sion­ers in Brus­sels a few days be­fore the July 5 ref­er­en­dum in 2015.

“In our view, the pub­lic in­ter­est is best served when cit­i­zens know the whole truth about is­sues that af­fect their fu­ture,” Dia­man­topoulou, who now heads the Dik­tyo think tank, told Kathimerini. “When knowl­edge is ab­sent, spec­u­la­tion, fear and pop­ulism flour­ish and we are left to watch the sup­port for the euro wane day by day, while that for the drachma rises.”

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