02/ 07/ 2014
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday slammed opposition party and trade union criticism of the 'small PPC' privatisation plan as a "bad joke", in statements on the issue while in Strasbourg.
"In Greece we are trying to proceed with privatisations that have been done everywhere else in the world and have everywhere paid off," he stressed, citing the case of Greece's former state phone company Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) as an example. Since OTE's privatisation, he pointed out, Greeks had acquired easy access to a phone at far lower prices. With regard to the 'small PPC' bill, he promised that it would come to Parliament and be discussed at length, rejecting allegations that the government was "selling off" everything.
"I will on no account allow fanatical populists and those filling the Greek people with false impressions to deprive us of the right to progress. The right to progress passes through privatisations," Samaras underlined, emphasising that the "state that played at being an investor and destroyed the economy has now died."
"We will not allow the kind of lifestyle conducted at the expense of the Greek people, the lifestyle of trade unionists governing failed state enterprises, to continue," he added.