ATHENS – "Every time Mr. Tsipras meets with groups of citizens and pretends that he shares their concerns, we will remind him of what he did for the specific sectors during the 4.5 years of his governance," ruling New Democracy (ND) said in a statement on Tuesday.
"Yesterday he met in Kaisariani with people working in restaurants. We have to remind him that he increased VAT from 13 pct to 24 pct, while transferring many of their raw materials to the higher tax bracket, imposed a tax on coffee, a tax on the internet, increased income tax, doubled the tax advance, while increasing the solidarity contribution as well as social security contributions," New Democracy said.
According to the same statement, Tsipras is now meeting with wine producers. "We should remind him that he increased VAT on wine from 23 pct to 24 pct, imposed a special tax on wine consumption, while setting strict conditions on small and large wineries, regardless of their trade policy," it added.
Concluding, the ruling party stressed: "We respond to Mr. Tsipras' ideological hypocrisy and selective delusions with a plan, seriousness, stability and responsibility, as required by the citizens and the critical situation we are experiencing."