The next day for the economy after the end of the fiscal adjustment program in August will be raised on Tuesday, during the last day of the debate on the 2018 draft budget in Parliament.
Political leaders will present arguments on whether this is or is not the last memorandum budget and whether Greece is leaving a status of close supervision behind.
The debate will culminate with a speech by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, followed by a roll-call vote.
So far,according toopposition New Democracy sources, the new budget calls for abevy of measures to raise an additional 1.9 billion euros, on top of meaures already voted in that are planned to rake in another 5.1 billion euros by 2020.
As for social benefits, the sources of the main opposition say that "the government imposed [measures worth] a total of 2.7 billion euros this year. In 2018 it imposes additional measures of 1.9 billion. For the three-year period 2015-2018, it has imposed measures worth 9.4 billion euros. Add the 5.1 billion which will be imposed in 2019 and in 2020 it will reach 14.5 billion euros. A government that has legislated measures of 14.5 billion euros tries to show in a positive light that it is returning 700 million. The government takes a lot many and gives little to a few. "
At the same time, they point out that "this government has destroyed all social benefits and continues on the same path in 2018, with new cuts in EKAS [additional pension benefits] and heating oil allowance. It abolishes social benefits in advance, and now returns a little money back trying again to defraud citizens. "
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