New cabinet will be one to oversee recovery, says Samaras
Prime Minister Antonis Samaras described his new cabinet of 45 ministers and deputy ministers as one that would be able to plan for Greeces future after the group of ministers were sworn in and held their first meeting.
This is a new day for Greece but the target remains the same: to complete the effort to exit the crisis and to speed up the recovery on solid foundations, Samaras told his cabinet, which includes eight new ministers. Nine new deputy ministers have joined the government. Overall, the government has four more members than the previous one.
Samaras stressed the need for further reforms, particularly in the area of taxation, and said one of the governments main targets should be ensuring the return of growth and new jobs to Greece.
Unemployment has been falling over the past few months but we need to succeed in creating new jobs, he said. This governments aim must be to do even better than the last.
Greeces new finance minister, Eurobanks former head of economic research Gikas Hardouvelis, also focused on the need to increase employment in his first comments since taking on his new role. We have to take care of the problems faced by families and businesses, he said.
His predecessor, Yannis Stournaras, is expected to be nominated as the next Bank of Greece governor on Wednesday by the central lenders general council. Stournaras, though, will be out of the country as he will be holding talks with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble in Berlin.
It emerged on Tuesday that Stournaras has traveled more than 204,000 kilometers since taking up his role in June 2012. An indication of the size of the task facing Hardouvelis was also evident from the fact that during Stournarass reign, his...