European Parliament Vice President Dimitris Papadimoulis said in an interview that “3.5 million co-citizens will receive 710 million euros,” as part of the “Tsipras’ government, (which) will hand out a social dividend for the third consecutive year.”
He added however that no measure is enough in itself to undo all the repercussions of the country’s bankruptcy and the loan memoranda but the measures to heal the trauma caused by those who led the country to bankruptcy will be applied step by step.
“The economy is growing at a rate of over 2 percent and Greece has fiscal health, the State Budget for 2019 was approved by the Eurogroup without need for discussion or any objections, and the country needs investments to be able to produce more wealth and tackle unemployment faster,” Papadimoulis said.
Commenting on politically controversial statements by FYROM Prime Minister Zoran Zaev’s on teaching of the “Macedonian language” later refuted by that country’s government spokesman, Papadimoulis said that the Prespes Agreement between the two countries clearly states which languages will be taught in Greece, and that it is the Greek state’s total responsibility.
Speaking of critics of the agreement in general, he said, “Those that try to spoil and cancel the ratification of the Prespes Agreement will fail because the entire international community warmly supports it – the only exceptions being (Russian President Vladimir) Putin, (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan and (Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor) Orban.”
Papadimoulis also called on the leaders of New Democracy Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Movement for Change Fofi Gennimata to leave their deputies to vote according to their conscience, as SYRIZA does.