Oikonomou: The State Will Support Households and Businesses

January 14, 2022

ATHENS – “We managed to keep our commitment that we will avoid a lockdown and the economy will remain open, and this is due to the government’s plan that bore fruit,” government spokesperson Yiannis Oikonomou said on Friday in an interview with public broadcaster ERT.

Oikonomou noted that the government is committed to stand by those who are financially affected by the pandemic, adding that today there will be announcements from the relevant ministries regarding the support of professionals and workers in the affected areas.

“It is too early to say when we will lift the pandemic protection measures, but they will not last long,” he said.

As for the increase in the minimum wage, the government spokesman said that it will come earlier than originally planned and will take effect from May 1, 2022. “It will be a brave and substantial increase, much larger than the first increase, in order for households to cope with the pressure of high prices,” he added.

He also stressed that the government does not cultivate expectations, but responds with actions to the needs of the citizens.

“The state will be here to support households and businesses with targeted actions. It must stand by the society when it is under pressure. The government is not lying about the real situation, because the targeted moves should not set at risk the economic dimension of the country. They must not endanger the stabilisation of the economy and the growth potential of the country,” he stressed.


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