By Penelope Galliou

Today’s debate in Parliament on the economy is expected to turn into a “parliamentary” debate between the political leaders, almost two weeks before the European elections open. The polarized pre-election climate, which is reflected these days in the tours and in all the political activity of the leaders, is expected to be transferred inside the Parliament before it closes for the European elections, turning the debate into an all-out debate and with high tones.

The pre-scheduled debate was called at the request of SYRIZA, “for the extreme accuracy, the excess profits of the oligopolies and the government’s refusal to proceed with measures for the benefit of the Greek society and economy” as stated in the proposal it submitted.

After all, the economy is already high on the agenda of the political confrontation by all parties and according to government sources, it concerns a privileged area of ​​the government and a comparative advantage for it, while commenting on the move by SYRIZA they characterized it as a “pleasant event” especially when it comes from those who preach money trees. The period for holding the debate is privileged for an additional reason that has to do with the recent initiative of the Greek Prime Minister to address a letter to the President of the Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, about the practices of profiteering followed by multinationals in our country and in other countries as well. European countries, applying a different pricing policy compared to others, and the Mitsotakis proposal has already received a positive response from the European Commission.

At the same time, according to the same sources, today’s debate will be a good opportunity for the prime minister to develop the battle that the government and the financial staff have been fighting in recent years, for the rationalization of the market and the crackdown on accuracy, with a series of measures , whose main objective is to relieve households, which are admittedly affected by high prices. In addition to the relief measures, the prime minister is expected to refer to the control measures that have been increased and are being applied methodically and intensively in order to control market distortions. “For the first time, fines are being imposed and collected from the companies that are profiteering and the measures imposed are already having positive results” Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to emphasize against his critics from the opposition, without claiming that the problem has been solved but is being paid methodically every effort to solve an issue that is not a Greek phenomenon, but a global and European one and of course the efforts will not stop until a de-escalation of inflation is achieved. However, alongside the measures to crack down on punctuality, the prime minister will make extensive reference to all those measures aimed at boosting citizens’ incomes, from increases in salaries and pensions after many years, to the reduction of unemployment. For the first time since 2011, the number of unemployed in the country is now below 900,000, and in addition, during the month of April, an increase in salaried employment in the private sector is recorded, as there is a positive balance of hiring and leaving by 132,352 jobs. Comparing this year’s April data with last year’s corresponding month, it appears that there were 9,273 more jobs and unemployment has fallen by 8.4 percentage points and is at the lowest rate recorded in the last 15 years, since 2009.

The political confrontation, however, is not expected to be limited only to the issue of the economy, but will extend, as usual, to the entire range that occupy the pre-election agenda of the parties and society and touch the daily life of citizens in all its aspects, from dealings with the public, up to justice, institutions, health, education, justice and also the case of Tempe after the transmission to the Parliament of a criminal case file for 4 former ministers of the ND regarding who is responsible for the shaping of the space of the railway accident – the so-called “bazoma” – following lawsuits by relatives of the victims. After all, everyday life and its improvement is the main bet of the government, from the first moment of assuming the governance of the country and it remains at the top of its priorities, promoting policies and reforms in this direction. The prime minister is expected to refer to the everyday challenge, for which – according to government sources – the government fights every day, in order to correct decades of bad texts, to face distortions and injustices of the past, but also to face problems and issues that arise, many times from the fluid international scene and its consequences.

The prime minister’s target is also expected to be the SYRIZA economic program, which is “rejected as unworkable” for the Maximos Palace and as Kyriakos Mitsotakis is expected to support, is based on non-existent “money trees” and costless proposals that may return the country in times of bankruptcy and memoranda.

He is expected to underline that the country has paid dearly for the inexpensive promises and to assure that with him at the helm of the government, fiscal stability will never again be put at risk and the Greek economy in adventures.