Opposition parties have criticised the government’s latest package of measures to support the economy, suggesting that it is too weak an intervention and will lead to wage cuts for many employees.
The Greek government presented on Wednesday the components of its support package for cushioning the economic impact of the first wave of the pandemic and laying the groundwork for an autumn recovery, in a briefing which covered fiscal measures, investment and employment.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to launch the government’s updated pandemic support package in a TV address this afternoon detailing measures for employment and the economy into the autumn, as well as an action plan on tourism.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is set to announce on Wednesday how Greece plans to re-open its tourism sector, a move that is seen by the government as vital to dampening the economic impact of Covid-19 this year.
Greece launched the third stage of its lockdown relaxation on Monday although this was partly overshadowed by speculation about a cabinet reshuffle.
New Democracy found itself on the defensive on Friday over the actions of two key officials: Centre-right Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis and Prime Minister Kyriakos’s Mitsotakis’s chief of staff Akis Skertsos.
Greece has welcomed the European Commission’s guidance on travel and tourism as a first step towards reopening a vital section of the economy in time for the summer season.
Greece is continuing its efforts to fortify its borders with Turkey in the northeastern region of Evros.
The government is gearing up for the next stages of the loosening of the lockdown measures, hoping that it will continue to maintain the support of the Greek public, which is still high according to a new opinion poll.
As Greece enters the second phase of easing lockdown restrictions, there is growing concern in the government about outdoor gatherings drawing scores of people to squares in major cities.