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Social Partners Appeal to PM Tsipras to Keep Greece in the Euro

euroThe presidents of Greece’s Social Partners (employers and trade union associations) on Wednesday appealed to Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to fulfill his promise and keep the country in the euro.

Their appeal came after European leaders set a Sunday deadline for Greece to deliver new economic reform proposals to secure a bailout rescue package so the country can remain in the eurozone.

In a joint announcement, the social partners stated that they support Greece’s place in the eurozone as “no other scenario or plan can guarantee the security, stability and prosperity of our country”.

According to the social partners, already thousands of Greek businesses of all sizes are in financial difficulty due to the capital controls imposed on the banks in Greece.

“If economic activity is not restored immediately to increase liquidity, unemployment will take a dramatic turn and the sacrifices made by the Greek people for six years will go to waste. The burden of the Greek citizens gets heavier with each passing day“, the social partners stressed.

They informed the PM that the country’s businesses are ready to support and actively participate in the national effort for the country to stand within the eurozone.

“We are here to support the European perspective of our country with national unity, social awareness and responsibility”, they said.

“At the eleventh hour, we appeal to the Prime Minister and the political forces of the country to fulfill their commitment to the country and stay in the euro.”

The joint announcement was signed by Constantine Michalos, President of the Central Union of Greek Chambers of Commerce (KEEE)Theodoros Fessas, President of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV)Vassilis Korkidis, President of the National Confederation of Hellenic Commerce (ESEE); George Kavathas, President of the Hellenic Confederation of Professionals, Craftsmen & Merchants (GSEVEE); and Andreas Andreadis, President of the Greek Tourism Confederation (SETE).

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