“We are optimistic,” said Digital Policy, Communications and Media Minister Nikos Pappas on Tuesday in an interview, adding that things are getting better and all the parties have now stated their positions on the pensions issue.
The Greeks are faced with clear choices, said Pappas, expressing his optimism that pension cuts will not be included in the budget sent to Brussels. The government was doing everything possible on a diplomatic level, he added, to show that cuts to pensions were not necessary.
Asked about the timing of the general elections, Pappas said that they will be held at the end of the government’s term and that the course of recovery will not be interrupted.
On the Prespes agreement, he said that there was an issue with the leader of the junior party in the ruling coalition, Independent Greeks (ANEL) President and Defence Minister Panos Kammenos, but clarified that currently there is a majority in parliament that will support the ratification of the agreement.
On the rallying of the progressive forces, Pappas characterised it a request of the times, something that is acknowledged by the citizens and the party’s of the so-called ‘democratic arc’ inside and outside the country.
Finally, on relations between the government and the President of Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos, Pappas said that they do not agree on everything “but he has fulfilled his duties and this is something we must highlight.”