Prime Minister: Greek proposals recognized but promises not enough

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On Sunday, July 12, during the meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government of the Eurozone in Brussels, Laimdota Straujuma, Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia, emphasized that the Government of Greece should demonstrate its ability to take concrete measures showing that the reforms would be implemented, stated a press release by the State Chancellery.

“We recognise the proposals submitted by Greece, but it is not sufficient to only give promises; we need to see actual moves and without any hesitation,” said Laimdota Straujuma.

The release stated that the conditions of the Greece bailout deal have become "even more stringent" than those rejected by the referendum. It is the opinion of the PM that Greece has lost any trust in the promises made by Greece, and the only way to restore their credibility is by immediately implementing the reforms in the pension system, employment and privatization.

"[..] Otherwise, the Latvian society which faced the structural reforms and is still recovering after the social consequences of the recent crisis would be unable to understand the acts and choices made by Greece," said Straujuma.

On Sunday, at the meeting of the EU Heads of State or Government of the Eurozone in Brussels, more stringent conditions were offered to Greece in order to commence negotiations regarding a new bailout program. For instance, Greece was requested to already implement some of its reforms by Wednesday, July 15.

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