The government spokeswoman Sofia Voultepsi appeared on SKAI TV and argued that the controversial real estate possession tax (ENFIA) is less of a burden on the Greek taxpayer than previous real estate taxes. Mrs. Voultepsi argued that after six years of recession, Greece has entered the phase of fiscal adjustment
Mrs. Voultepsi has highly critical of the main opposition party’s financial program and accused SYRIZA of being vague, making gross generalizations and being unclear as to its tax policy. With regards to the upcoming negotiations with the troika and the Prime Minister’s speech at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), Mrs. Voultepsi argued that it is not wise to prejudge a discussion with “red lines”.
Mrs. Voultepsi argued that the Greek envoy will emphasize the reforms that have been carried out at the upcoming talks with the troika that are to take place in Paris and noted that unilateral decisions lead to situations similar to those in Argentina. Mrs. Voultepsi stressed that over the past two years the government focused on “not becoming the black sheep, upon which all sins would be pinned”.
As for the rumors regarding the candidates for the Presidential elections, Mrs. Voultepsi stated that the government has other priorities at present and will address the matter in time. The government spokeswoman added that anyone who can unite the nation is suitable for the Presidency and that after becoming President such a candidate’s prior political orientation is of little significance.