Tsipras presents SYRIZA’s six national priorities program at the 86th TIF 2022
THESSALONIKI – The leader of SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance, Alexis Tsipras, presented a program of six national priorities during the 86th Thessaloniki International Fair 2022 on Saturday evening, speaking at the “Ioannis Vellidis” congress center.
The six-point plan of the main opposition party relies on national financial resources but also on European funds; it facilitates a fairer redistribution of support from the Recovery Fund as well as funds available in the
National Strategic Reference Framework (CRSN) 2021-2027. Parallel to this perspective is taking place a series of major institutional and structural changes, in accordance with the party program.
Tsipras described the six national priorities:
– Dealing with the energy crisis with a drastic reduction in energy bills through structural reforms: this includes the renationalisation of the Public Power Company (PPC), to “recover at least 51% of State participation in its social capital”, and the decoupling of the wholesale price of electricity from the market price of natural gas.
– Increase income and introduce fairer taxation for employees, retirees, traders and the self-employed. This part of the plan provides for the increase of the monthly minimum wage – by law – to 800 euros, and the establishment of an indexation mechanism that reviews – on an annual basis – the salaries of the private and public sectors. .
– Support the welfare state with the restart of the labor market, with a new strong national health system, new solid foundations in public education and social policies for people with special needs. Here, the plan calls for the recruitment of 5,500 permanent health workers, with an additional 10,000 permanent health workers hired over a three-year period; the sustainability of all health staff positions and their inclusion in the hazard pay classification. In the education sector, this translates into the establishment of a 14-year compulsory education program and the appointment of 20,000 permanent teachers and professors in primary and secondary education.
– Rebuild the primary production sector, with a focus on strengthening national production and RES and self-generation of electricity (prosumer model), targeted programs for local government authorities, small businesses, farmers and industries, as well as the restoration of the public character of the banking system: “We will not allow them to go ahead with the complete privatization of the National Bank; with the percentage of the State at 40%, we are making it a strong public pillar of the banking system.
– Create a strong and democratic state through reforms of the judicial system and the National Intelligence Agency (EYP). Tsipras here spoke of legislating for the word “feminicide” to be an appropriate legal term, before pursuing reforms in the functioning of the Greek intelligence services: “we define, through legislation, ‘national security’ reasonings behind the stalking anyone, and to this end we establish reviews by a judicial council in order to approve a decision to lift the privacy statute; we also ensure the essential participation of the Committee on Institutions and Transparency of the Parliament as well as the Hellenic Authority for Communications Security and Privacy (ADAE) in the appointment of EYP Governors.
– Support working women and mothers with social policies for children: “We are redefining the family allowance and transferring it exclusively to the mother, from the birth of the child until the age of 24, and also to from retirement – for life. We have set the mother’s allowance at 70 euros for the first child, an additional 105 euros for the second and 140 euros for the third child.
Describing the country’s economy, Tsipras said that four years after leaving the memoranda, he still faces immense structural problems: “those who bankrupted us in 2009 – and now insist on the same policies bankrupt – are solely responsible for the Sisyphean trajectory of the economy.”
The government “has returned critical public utilities to the markets, at a time when society really needs these services, thus exposing the vast social majority to the mercy of the crisis”.
The government also “systematically violates pluralism in media information, transparency, accountability, democracy, putting the rule of law in a plaster, especially with the deep state practices of government surveillance of politicians and journalists. ‘EYP’.
Tsipras stressed that he was determined to implement a plan for the regeneration of the country that is coherent, realistic, with fair conditions at all levels, and he added that the people “will very soon ratify their decision during the ballot boxes”.
“We are here,” he stressed, “to protect the right to work, to improve people’s standard of living, with an emphasis on raising wages, with the state as guarantor against profit”. In addition, to “reduce inequalities, with a strong and modern social state, with fairer taxation”.
Speaking of a new production model, he referred to the regulation of private debt, with support for small and medium-sized enterprises and the trade sector, and with “financial tools and tax incentives for the agricultural sector”.
All this, with a view to “stopping the institutional and moral decline, by restoring the rule of law, and guaranteeing the independence of justice”.
It is “a vital social and national need to put people’s expectations for better days into practice. Let’s bring solutions,” Tsipras said, stressing that SYRIZA-Progressive Alliance “is present and ready to play a leading role in this national effort.”