Sunday, January 29, 2012
Venizelos slams idea of commissioner for Greek budget
January 29, 2012
Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos has dismissed suggestions that a European commissioner should be appointed to oversee Greece’s budget, saying that it was not fair to ask Greeks to compromise their nation’s dignity for further financial assistance.
Speaking to journalists before departing for Brussels, Venizelos reacted to questions about a leaked set of German proposals calling for greater EU powers over Greece’s budget decisions and a mechanism to ensure that Athens uses EU-IMF loans to pay its debt before using the money for public expenditure.
“Whoever puts before a people the dilemma of choosing between financial assistance and national dignity disregards basic historical lessons,” said Venizelos.
“I am certain that the political leaderships of all the European countries, especially those that because of their size have an added responsibility for Europe’s course know how issues are raised between friends and partners that have joined their historic fates.”
Posted by Yulie Foka-Kavalieraki at 2:11 PM