The Greek government wants to conclude the second program review as soon as possible, hopefully even before Christmas, in order to achieve a staff-level agreement, Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Chouliarakis said on Tuesday, speaking at the European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs in Brussels.
Chouliaraki said there are three pending issues in the review: the first is the fiscal issue where there is significant convergence, the second is the energy sector and the third and most difficult is the reforms in the labour market.
Concerning the labour market, the minister said the points of contention are the mass layoffs, the new framework for collective bargaining and the union law. He also said the government doesn’t want to change the reforms of 2012 concerning the minimum wage, but wants to rectify it.
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