German newspaper Die Welt recently accused Greece, -but mainly the ex Greek government this time-, of not acting on opportunities to recover billions in lost tax, “The Greek government has done nothing for a year to recover supposedly untaxed assets of Greek citizens in Switzerland. There is an invitation extending from 2014 by the Swiss Secretariat for International Financial Matters (SIF) to track the money and transfer it to Athens,”
Between 2008 and 2012, taxation in Greece, which made a 72.4 percent contribution to fiscal adjustments, was increased by 337.7% for lower income households, compared to just 9% for higher income groups, according to the publication of a recent study GREECE: SOLIDARITY AND ADJUSTMENT IN TIMES OF CRISIS, supported by the Macroeconomic Policy of Institute of the Hans-Boeckler-Foundation
Firstly there has been an agreement at the Brussels group discussions, said government sources Saturay afternoon, specifying that there has been an agreement on the principle that there should be appropriate reforms which will shift the burden from those on the lower income to those on higher incomes, contrary to the previous government’s policy”.
Same sources of the Prime Minister’s office reiterated that government’s program reform of the 21 points that was presented to the Brussl group is carefully processed and accounted, providing an income that exceeds the sum of 3 billion euro for 2015.
They also underlined, talking to the Greek press, that there will be no recession measures and the actions proposed may bear a primary surplus of 1.5% of GDP and will allow positive growth estimated at 1.4%.
The details of the reforms to be agreed will be discussed among the technical teams which are still in Athens, the goernement sources announced .