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Commissioner Thyssen: EU Commission to help Greece with necessary funds

Commissioner Thyssen: EU Commission to help Greece with necessary funds

"Deep reforms" in the Greek labour market in order to combat unemployment and promote development are included in the agenda of the second programme review, EU Commissioner for Employment Marianne Thyssen said in an exclusive interview with ANA-MPA.

The Belgian Commissioner stressed the need for restoring social dialogue, which was weakened during the crisis, adding however that certain structural reforms will be hard but necessary so that growth returns and investments are boosted.

She noted that Greece needs deep reforms given the conditions in pensions, salaries and how each one affects the other. "Reforms have never been easy. What we have to do and what politicians in Greece have to do is make people understand that these reforms are for their benefit because they will open new jobs," she underlined.

"What matters in the second programme review is that Greece is getting out of a large crisis as a result of bad economic conditions and some structural problems that it ought to have solved earlier. That is why Greece paid the cost of the crisis double," she stated.

Thyssen stressed that the Commission will support and help Greece with the necessary funds and reform policies that will benefit the people.