Παρασκευή, 23 Απριλίου 2010

ΔΝΤ: Μόλις αρχίσαμε διαπραγματεύσεις με τις Ελληνικές αρχές !!!


Δεν θα κάνω πολλές δηλώσεις για την Ελλάδα γιατί μόλις αρχίσαμε διαπραγματεύσεις με τις Ελληνικές αρχές !!!
Τώρα είναι ξεκάθαρο, η κατάσταση στην Ελλάδα είναι πολύ σοβαρή, χειρότερη από ότι περιμέναμε και ανησυχούμε πολύ !!
Θα ακολουθηθούν οι κανόνες του IMF και όχι της Ε.Ε και η Ελλάδα θα αντιμετωπισθεί σαν μέλος του ΔΝΤ.
Η Ελλάδα και όχι η Ε.Ε, είναι μέλος του ΔΝΤ και οι συζητήσεις μας θα λάβουν χώρα με την Ελλάδα.
Δεν υπάρχει ασημένια σφαίρα (εδώ κολλάει το πιστόλι) και εύκολη λύση στο πρόβλημα της Ελλάδας.
Αυτά είπε μεταξύ άλλων ο STRAUSS-KAHN, διευθύνων σύμβουλος του ΔΝΤ σε χθεσινή συνέντευξη τύπου.
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QUESTION: These days we are in the news for better or for worse. Two questions.
First of all, in general terms, what should Greece be doing? I know your people are in Athens negotiating, but I am just wondering in general terms what should Greece be doing.
Also, there is a complex mechanism with the European Union. I was wondering, will whatever is decided have to conform with the IMF's regulations, or needs, or decisions, or are these two separate packages?
Thank you.
MR. STRAUSS-KAHN: Well, I think everybody can understand that I am not going to make a lot of comments on Greece because we are just negotiating with the Greek authorities. The point is that we just started this negotiation. Until now, we are not involved in the discussion with the Greek authorities but providing some technical assistance, which had been asked by the Greeks for months and we provided.
But, in all financial discussions, we were not involved. We are just starting now, and even with some delay because of the volcano. So, it is going to take some days and it is difficult for me to give any kind of opinion before the negotiation mission comes back with its report.
Now, it is clear that the Greek situation is a very serious one, and we are very much concerned. It is a serious one for the question of macroeconomic stability of Greece and even more than Greece. It is also a very serious question for the Greek people, because the efforts which the Greek people have to make are really very important.
I do understand that the Greek citizens can become somewhat reluctant to this kind of effort, but they have to understand that what the Europeans have tried to do until now and that we will try to help to do also is just in the interest. They need to solve the problem in which they are. There is no way, no silver bullet to solve it in an easy manner.
So, we will have altogether the Europeans, the Greeks, the Greek authorities I mean, but also the Greek people and all parts of society, the unions, business unions, everybody, and the IMF to try to find together the best way to put Greece back on track.
Now, on your question about the cooperation with the European Union, I think there is no real problem in cooperating with the Union. We already did this for countries outside the Euro zone: Latvia, Hungary, Romania. So, we now have some experience of doing this. Of course, we will have to follow the IMF rule and in no way Greece can be treated as a different member that the IMF has to deal with in the past year or decade.
But the fact that the Europeans are on board and helping is certainly very useful not only on the financial side, because they will provide an important amount of resources, but also because of the mechanism and the linkages between the different economies, especially in the Euro zone. It is perfectly normal that the Greek authorities will seek some advice and support by their peers in the Euro zone, and it is okay with us.
So, we are starting a discussion, the IMF with the Greek authorities. We only know the Greeks, you know. We have no direct connection, formal connection with the European Union. The Greeks are our member, not the European Union, so our discussions are taking place only with the Greeks, and we will try to do it in the best possible way to help the Greek economy.
QUESTION; I would be interested how the IMF perceived the newest statistics by Eurostat this morning that the Greek indebtedness is still higher than has been announced so far, and how the IMF will deal with the statistical problems of Greece. So, do you really get an overview of how the situation actually is in Greece?
The second question is about the debt in Greece. There is some discussion starting about do we need some restructuring of the debt of Greece.
MR. STRAUSS-KAHN: On the first point, there has been some revision. There have been many talks in the last weeks about the reliability of the Greek statistics so Eurostat has made some revision in a bad direction; I mean, in the correct direction in terms of statistics but a bad direction in terms of looking at the macro economy. So, of course it does not help. If the problem has to start by it being a little worse than we expected, we will take this into account; that will be part of the discussion that we are going to have with the Greek authorities in the coming days. I do believe now that we have firm basis and solid data on Greece which, of course, is absolutely necessary to be able to build a program.
On your second question, that is not a question we are working on. We are working on a plan which is basically in line with what the Europeans and the Greeks already had prepared. Of course, the IMF plan has to look further for other years, 2011, 2012, and that is a large part of the discussion that we will have with the Greeks, but we are focused on this.
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