The formality of Monday night’s confidence vote in Parliament is out of the way and the government can now focus on the three bills it wants to pass before August 10, as well as other key policies that will define its four-year term.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has set out his government’s priorities for the next four years, including the broad aim of establishing a new, post-crisis reality in Greece, but also with extensive reference to specific measures, with tax cuts leading the way.
More details about the new Greek government’s intended policies are due to be revealed this weekend, with most of the focus on what steps New Democracy plans to take to fulfil its pledges on tax cuts.
The new Greek Parliament was sworn in on Wednesday as the government prepares to undergo the customary confidence vote before it begins its legislative activity.
SYRIZA is gradually easing into its new role as the main opposition following the July 7 elections, with Alexis Tsipras aiming to position his party towards the centre-left of the political spectrum.
Reforms in the education and judicial systems are high on the agenda of the new government, with officials indicating that New Democracy is already preparing to make significant changes on both fronts.
The new Greek government is due to hold its first meeting with representatives from the European creditors on Monday as it tries to convince the institutions that it can proceed with its plans for tax cuts without putting the fiscal target at risk.
The new Greek government is planning to move ahead with the tax cuts promised by New Democracy during the election campaign and is aiming to table a bill before the end of July that will set out the reductions over the next three years.
Finance minister was the toughest job in any government during the bailout years, but it’s also the toughest in Greece’s first new government after the end of the bailouts.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis held his first cabinet meeting on Wednesday and his government is due to begin legislative activity as soon as receives the customary vote of confidence in the coming days.