Health experts are expected to recommend this week that Greeks no longer wear face masks outdoors as part of the further loosening of Covid restrictions, while Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has identified the reluctance of some people to be vaccinated as the key challenge that needs to be overcome in the weeks ahead.
With the approval of the national recovery plan and the passage of the labour reform bill capping an eventful week in Athens, PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis appears determine to plough on this week with a series of emblematic reforms and announcements before the summer recess.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is beginning today a series of visits to various parts of the country to present the government’s Greece 2.0 recovery plan as he tries to build on the momentum of Thursday’s approval by the European Commission.
Significant changes to labour relations are on the way, after a landmark bill voted into law by Parliament on Wednesday amid protests by unions and the opposition.
Amid a 24-hour public sector and transport strike, Greece’s political leaders prepared to do battle on Wednesday over the government’s proposed labour reforms, which are due to be put to a vote on the same day.
A state-sponsored conference on female fertility has caused embarrassment at the highest level of the Greek government and institutions, after its agenda was revealed to be heavily influenced by the church and the far right.
If the much-anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was focussed on breaking the ice at a personal level and creating the necessary conditions for a calm summer, then their talks in Brussels on Monday could be considered a first step in this direction.
The government’s proposed labour reforms will be at the heart of a political battle in Greece this week as the draft law moves to Parliament’s full assembly ahead of a vote that is likely to take place on Wednesday.
Greece has opened its vaccination platform to the 25-29 age group as it seeks to build a wall of immunity that might ward off a fourth Covid wave later this year.
Opposition to New Democracy’s labour reform continues to harden as the legislation makes its way through the parliamentary process. A 24-hour general strike against the bill on Thursday was backed Greece’s largest unions and all the parties of the left.