PM sends let­ter of in­tent to get IMF on board

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In a let­ter of in­tent to the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund (IMF) seen by Kathimerini, Prime Min­is­ter Alexis Tsipras pledged to set a ceil­ing to hir­ings of con­tract work­ers to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in 2017 and 2018, and to make changes to trade union laws in or­der to get the Wash­ing­ton­based or­ga­ni­za­tion to join the Greek pro­gram.

The let­ter in­cludes a list of 21 com­mit­ments (struc­tural mile­stones) that must be im­ple­mented by June 2018. Among them are a pledge that work­ers’ as­sem­blies will have an in­creased quo­rum (50 per­cent) to de­cide strike ac­tion.

Mean­while, Poul Thom­sen, the IMF’s Euro­pean Depart­ment di­rec­tor, said yes­ter­day that the debt sus­tain­abil­ity anal­y­sis (DSA) for Greece is ready and has al­ready been dis­patched to the Wash­ing­ton-based or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to Bloomberg, Thom­sen said that the debt anal­y­sis will be dis­cussed on July 20 and that the aim is the cre­ation of con­di­tions that will al­low Greece to meet its obli­ga­tions with­out the sup­port of the IMF and the Euro­pean Sta­bil­ity Mech­a­nism (ESM).

He also said that he would wel­come it if Greece es­tab­lishes con­tacts with in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

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