The issue of the delimitation of maritime zones between Greece and Albania as well as the latter’s EU accession hopes topped the agenda of talks between the two premiers in Tirana, following the EU-Western Balkans Summit in the Albanian capital.
The conservative government has seen its draft legislation on surveillance and spyware past the first hurdle in Parliament, but opposition parties continue to pursue multiple routes to pressure the authorities into an official investigation into media claims of a widespread government-sponsored surveillance operation.
Opposition parties have accused Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis of blatant electioneering after he announced on Tuesday that all those serving in the police and coast guard would receive a 600-euro bonus at the end of the year.
SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras attempted on Monday to boost the low traction the surveillance scandal is receiving in Greece’s public debate by paying a visit to the Supreme Court prosecutor that is overseeing the investigation into the phonetapping claims.
SYRIZA and PASOK have vowed to repeal the healthcare bill that New Democracy was expected to vote through Parliament on Friday.
Hospital doctors and healthcare staff are striking over the latest raft of healthcare reforms tabled by the government. The New Democracy administration shows no signs of wavering on the unpopular legislation, keen to demonstrate in the final months of its term that it is delivering on its pledges.
Perhaps encouraged by an apparent narrowing of the ratings gap between New Democracy and SYRIZA, the main opposition party is gearing up for the upcoming election campaign.
Opposition parties have accused governing New Democracy of continuing to keep Parliament in the dark about key aspects of the surveillance affair, after a fresh hearing of the institutions and transparency committee failed to uncover any new information.
Parliament’s institutions and transparency committee is due to hear on Monday from one of the key figures in the phonetapping affair, in what could be a significant moment in the development of the surveillance saga.
Greece’s decision to issue a new Navtex, expanding the area of seismic surveys for hydrocarbon deposits by US ExxonMobil southwest of Crete, is expected to act as a test of the government in Tripoli (GNA) as well as Turkey.