As the New Democracy government becomes one month young on August 7, government spokesman Stelios Petsas on Tuesday said that "the government has taken rapid-but not hasty- steps to implement its program, which the citizens approved with their (July 7) vote," and referred to ten major initiative plans so far pursued and achieved.
In a nutshell, these are: "the rapid formation of government and the staffing of general secretariats, the overall responsible dealing with exigent situations (i.e. the July Athens earthquake), immediate decisions for last year's Mati fatal fire disaster, the unblocking of the 112 European emergency alert system with an intermediate solution, the immediate legislative work with the taxation and the 'executive state' interministerial bills, the actions concerning national security, intelligence (i.e. updating EYP leadership) and the judicial system, the upgrading of some of the finance ministry's operations, the restoring of market confidence to Greece (which borrowed 2.5 billion euros on a seven-year bond at a historically low interest rate of 1,9 pct), the Greece 2022-War Of Independence Bicentenary Committee, and the Prime Minister's recent working visit to Cyprus, which was carried out for both symbolic and very substantial reasons," said Petsas.
The government spokesman also said that a bill legislating Greece's full compliance with the latest EU regulation concerning the protection of personal data, will soon be tabled to the plenary.
On upgrading the law on university asylum, Petsas said that "society is ready to accept changes that ensure equal rights at all public spaces."
Commenting on the main opposition’s criticism of the new Greek Intelligence Service leadership, Petsas said that matters of national security should be kept away from anyone's "political expediencies."
Finally, Petsas said that reducing primary surpluses still stands as one of the government’s main policies.