The Greeks have chosen Europe - Europe must now make a step towards Greece / 18-06-2012
Guy Verhofstadt, ALDE group leader in the European Parliament said:
"The Greeks have shown that they intend to follow the path of Europe and of change. Europe in response needs to acknowledge this engagement and show good will by adjusting the memorandum that has so far been aimed at salary moderation and tax increases.
"What Greece needs are radical reforms. A modified memorandum should help Greece in making the structural reform it requires."
"Privatisation must continue and revenue should contribute to the Growth Enhancement Fund that will break the vicious circle of disinvestment, improve liquidity in the economy and reignite growth. Furthermore, rather than tax increases, it is a simplification of the tax system and reduction in rates that is desperately needed."
"Finally, unused structural funds should be deployed and the Task Force used to identify appropriate projects."
Guy Verhofstadt ended by saying: "All of these elements would form the basis to a coherent credible exit strategy for Greece. Like in response to the euro crisis, too many mistakes have been made and too little steps have been taken. Today we owe it to the Greeks to not make the same mistakes again and provide for a real way forward. But our commitment must be matched by the Greek's to modify their political system away from irresponsible and corrupt practices of the past. Greek voters have given the main parties a second chance. They must not squander it."
"Greece however will not get out of the crisis alone if the Union itself does not change. We urgently need to establish a banking union and a credible fiscal union. A redemption fund for the mutualisation of debt over 60% is also fundamental if we are to give relief to states currently plagued by excessive interest rates."
ALDE MEP Theodoros Skylakakis also warned fellow Greeks against the false promises of Syriza and to make a fresh start and abandon the political clientilism of the past.
"Greece must leave behind the clientilist system that is responsible for the mismanagement of the state and the public debt that is drowning the private sector. No solution to the greek problems can be found without giving the opportunity to the productive Greeks to creat jobs, restore efficiency in the economy and the state and work their way out of this cirisis."
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (FDP, Germany), a German/Greek MEP added:
"A national unity government of the two largest parties would be the best option. It would be wise, though, to offer Syriza a share in government so they have to pass the reality check. Nevertheless, there have to be adjustments concerning the time frame of the reform package. Greece has to be treated as Spain; there are no A or B class Europeans. This would also be an important mollifier for the Greek electorate and would counteract the anti-memorandum wing of Syriza."
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