PM Tsipras: The Measures Introduced Now Will Boost Growth, Allow Relief


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday in parliament. (Photo by Eurokinissi/Yiannis Panagopoulos)

ATHENS - The package of measures that the government is now introducing will generate growth and allow additional relief measures to be adopted by the end of the current year, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Wednesday in parliament, during the debate on the draft bill for 120-installment debt settlements, VAT cuts and the '13th pension'.

He also highlighted the "contradictions" of the opposition parties, "who denounce the measures on the one hand and vote for them, on the other hand."

"It is enough, for me, that you vote for them," he added, expressing his pleasure that the package of measures will be supported by all sections of parliament.

According to the prime minister, the measures will have an immediate impact on households, businesses, and consumers, lowering the cost of the average basket of goods since all foods in supermarkets will cost less as of Monday.

The lower VAT rates for electricity and natural gas, which will drop to the super-low rate of 6 pct, will also ease household and business finances, he added.