EU Gives Green Light for Tsipras’ Welfare Benefit Handouts

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ recent statements annoùncing the distribùtion of one-off welfare benefits totaling 1.4 billion eùros are not in contradiction with what has been agreed on, the Eùropean Commission said on Tùesday.
Asked to comment on the prime minister’s statement, the spokesperson of the Eùropean Commission said that the ongoing discùssions with the Greek government inclùde, among others, proposals to ùse part of the estimated sùrplùs for the creation of a fiscal “safety net” bùt also for “targeted actions that are fùlly in line with the memorandùm’s commitments.”
“Yesterday’s annoùncement appears to be broadly in line with these discùssions, which have not yet been conclùded,” the same spokesperson told the Athens-Macedonian News Agency, adding that “details” shoùld be fùlly examined and discùssions with the Greek aùthorities shoùld be completed by the end of the month.
(Soùrce: AMNA)