SYRIZA’s Pappas Accuses Greek Gov’t of Not Keeping Promises to Small Businesses

ATHENS – "Small and medium-sized entreprises (SMEs) are listening to the government promising them money, but they haven't received any money," main opposition SYRIZA sector chief for economic affairs, Nikos Pappas, said on Monday in an interview with public broadcaster ERT.

He noted that only 800,000 to 900,000 workers had received assistance of the 1.8 million workers initially announced, while only 50,000 companies had reached the final stage of applying for a returnable advance. Regarding state-guaranteed loans, he said that terrible things have been heard, "as the conditions set by banks exclude the majority of those who are interested and the money ends up with those who do not need it."

 He noted that a 10 pct of GDP recession cannot be tackled with spending amounting to 2 pct share of GDP and accused the government of "letting the recession unfold, excluding what they call 'zombie' businesses from aid, and keeping public money for those that survive."

According to Pappas, the only "way out" for SMEs was redundancies and wage cuts.


ATHENS - The state coffers whacked by the cost of subsidizing losses in summer wildfires and floods - largely covered by European Union funding - Greece will also get some 55 billion euros ($57.

Top Stories


A pregnant woman was driving in the HOV lane near Dallas.

General News

FALMOUTH, MA – The police in Falmouth have identified the victim in an accident involving a car plunging into the ocean on February 20, NBC10 Boston reported.


Enter your email address to subscribe

Provide your email address to subscribe. For e.g. [email protected]

You may unsubscribe at any time using the link in our newsletter.