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Coronavirus in Greece – Mitsotakis: Cooperation, tax cuts and entrepreneurship support – Counterattack for tourism 2021

15 The seasonal hotels open in June
For the next ones 5 months is reduced by 24% in the 13% VAT on any type of ticket at MMM - VAT reduction on coffee products, in non-alcoholic beverages, at summer cinema tickets – extended, for the whole summer the reduction of rent against 40%. Businesses will be able to, until the end of October, to adjust accordingly the working time of their employees Employees will be paid almost the same salary with their insurance contributions fully covered

The plan will be specified immediately afterwards, in a presentation to be made at the General Secretariat for Information and Communication by the Ministers of Finance Christos Staikouras, Development and Investment Adonis Georgiadis, Labor and Social Affairs Giannis Vroutsis, and Tourism Thanks to Theocharis……..
The whole Mitsotaki discourse

Announcements by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on labor support measures, economy and tourism

my fellow,
I will contact you again at the end of the first cycle of the match with the pandemic. But also at the starting point of a new period, focusing on the economy and society.

Because today I will present to you the government's plan for the coming months. I will talk to you about how to protect the world of work. What tax deductions will be launched. How to increase liquidity in the market to support all businesses, small and large.

And I will tell you, yet, what we will do to stimulate the tourism industry, which is so vital to our place.

Until today, we have succeeded in reducing the spread of the virus. We shielded public health and reduced losses. We supported the income of the citizens and kept our businesses afloat. We have set an example for our country to deal with in the face of the health crisis. And we all did it together.

Thank you for staying responsible even now, where the restrictive measures are gradually being lifted.

With the same maturity and discipline we are called to turn the coming months into a bridge, which from the defense of health will lead us to the attack on progress. To win, so, the time and land lost in the storm.

I never hid the fact that the battle for life will have a heavy economic impact. All over the world, besides, the cost is, already, huge: Unemployed people in America outnumber them 30 millions. In Europe, too, production and demand are collapsing. We are talking about a global economic crisis, which we have not seen for three generations.

Especially for Greece, the risk is perhaps greater. Not only because the crisis is hitting key areas, such as tourism and catering. But also because the pandemic stopped the course of the country at a time when it was rapidly entering a path of development..

January and February were great months for the economy. But they look alike, already, so far away. We, Well, to recapture the thread of progress, so that from country-example to the defense against the virus, to become a model state for a return to prosperity.

Our valuable weapons will be the trust that has been built between citizens and the State. But also the pace of society, guided by an organized government plan. We will pass, so, from the health promotion stage with the support of the economy, in that of stimulating the economy with constant vigilance in health.

To follow the autumn plan on how to get back on the path of strong growth. So that 2021, an emblematic year for our country, the country to move steadily towards its optimistic future.

my fellow,

The program of the transition from today's uncertainty to tomorrow's security will raise the level of our interventions in 24 billion. And it rests on three pillars: Job support, tax reduction, boosting entrepreneurship.

He's got, namely, the following features: It strengthens the cohesion of society, protecting jobs. It relieves households, reducing their daily expenses. And it makes the world of the market easier, to mobilize again.

In other words, and this set of measures has a social stamp and a development signature. They are, Nevertheless, tailored to the needs of that period.

The key to planning is the temporary and temporary SYN-WORK program for employment. As its name implies, is the partnership of the state and all the forces of production, so as not to lose jobs in this difficult time.

I remind you that so far in Greece the redundancies were less than those recorded in other European countries.. Almost all workers and professionals in the country have been paid higher wages. While the state fully covered their insurance contributions.

This favorable regime is expanding not only in May, but also for June and July for the industries that have been hit hardest.

Hereinafter, Nevertheless, Suspended employment subsidy will be combined with real employment funding.

I met hoteliers who asked me how they would employ all their staff, when this year customers will be much less than those who usually host. Catering professionals have the same concern, which reopen on Monday when their stores arrive after three months.

They are right. I listened to them and I answer them: Businesses that have seen their turnover disappear and are now facing lower demand will be able to, until the end of October, to adjust accordingly the working time of their employees.

The last ones, however, if they need to work less, they will continue to be paid almost the same salary. And with their insurance contributions fully covered. In what way; Because the COOPERATION program will cover most of the difference in pay.

And, sure, the basic salary will remain the security limit. While all unemployment benefits are extended, so that no one is left unprotected.

In a few words, on the one hand, this mechanism to strengthen employment allows businesses that have been hit to breathe, reducing labor costs and allowing them flexibility in the layout of their staff. On the other hand, shields employment, excluding any dismissal of an employee entering this context, and protects earnings.

In the dilemma, consequently, "Unemployment benefit or job support", I choose job support. It is the only responsible and realistic answer to the threatening padlocks, any longer, all economies.

I reiterate that this is a temporary intervention. They are following this path, besides, countries like Germany, France and Austria, aimed at stopping the attack on unemployment.

The SYN-ERGASIA program is funded by the European SURE program. At first it will cost 1 billion. And of course we have not yet taken into account in our plan the European funds that we will receive from the European recovery fund..

The joint initiative of France and Germany, announced a few days ago, is an important step towards a real Europe of solidarity.

my fellow,

The second part of the plan concerns the tax relief of citizens and businesses. Especially in tourism, in transport, in catering and culture.

So, for the next five months it is reduced by 24% in the 13% VAT on any type of ticket on the means of transport. I know the importance of the cheapest bus ride, by ship or by plane. And I want those who move and go on vacation in the summer to do so at the lowest possible cost..

Soon, also, Domestic tourism support programs will be announced, for our weakest fellow citizens.

Simultaneously, We reduce VAT on coffee products and non-alcoholic beverages. But also in the tickets of the summer cinemas.

People of art and culture are also included in the new program. And they will be further strengthened with special provisions in the coming weeks.

These are cuts that rejuvenate consumption. They stimulate purchasing power. But they are also increasing the turnover of tourism and catering professionals.

That’ these are extended, for the whole summer, and the reduction of rent against 40%.

And something, I think so, particularly critical: The advance tax, at last, decreases. Actually, It is unfair to be called upon to prepay taxes on the basis of any profits one year, when they -especially this year- it will be much less.

The advance tax, Well, will be bravely reduced. And the exact percentage will be announced soon, after study.

I will note, in any case, that consumption tax cuts will be temporary. Form, as I explained, measures-bridge to pass from the side of the recession to the shore of development as painlessly as possible.
Third pillar: Enhancing business liquidity.

The second phase of the refundable advance is launched in May. In fact, it extends to companies that may not meet the criteria of the first stage.

This program will be available 1 another billion. It is activated, also, and the Business Guarantee Fund, mobilizing 7 billions in 2020. Businesses will have, so, the ability for quick and easy financing, with the State guaranteeing up to 80% of loans.

And, end, Bankruptcy payments and loan installments of companies with specific sectors are suspended until September. The details will be analyzed shortly by the competent Ministers.

And there will be a special reference to tourism. The tourist season begins 15 June, date from which seasonal hotels can be opened.

And from July 1st, gradually, Foreign flights to our tourist destinations will also start.

Our visitors will be tested and our general health protocols will be observed., that will not overshadow, however, neither our bright sun nor the natural beauty of Greece.

Our weapon is the security passport, reliability and health that our country has gained. Her great fame. The health shield, in each place of hosting. And of course, the passion of the Greek that is always inspired by Xenios Zeus.

Let's face it, Nevertheless, with courage the reality: In April and May, tourism was found in Nadir. The,what we achieve, Well, this year will be a profit.

And I will say it again: Our priority is to protect jobs. And to help industry professionals prepare their big counterattack 2021. Because defending employment is a prerequisite for a return to growth. And massive job losses mean nothing more than an increase in inequalities.

my fellow,

As we won the battle for health, we will also win the war of the economy.

It must, Nevertheless, to show the same discipline, the same adaptability and the same solidarity, which caused worldwide admiration for Greece.

My mission is to see the big picture and to share the burden of the crisis as fairly as possible. Yes, we are in uncharted waters. But we proved it, as a people, that we are not afraid of difficulties. Mainly, we are not afraid to change.

How many stereotypes have not collapsed these months; The Greek, that some said he was thinking individually, became a conscious part of a collective effort. And the state, which often caused reasonable complaints, when necessary it became our shield of protection. It just didn't work, but it has been modernized and made more efficient.

Trust has taken the place of the old suspicion. We trusted each other. And together we all believed in the State.

I'm sure these repositories will not become sand castles that will erase the summer wave.. But that depends on all of us.

I know that for many of you, hope and fear coexist. Let's keep positive emotions as ammunition for the coming battle.

Personally, I feel stronger, having faced in a few months - and almost at the same time- the challenge of the economy, the storm of immigration and the threat of a global pandemic.

Everything was difficult. But we did well. That's why I'm optimistic about the next day. Because my goal remains one: Greece reserves the right to change and become better and better!

At the beginning of the bridge we have to cross, Well, I ask you to make an epilogue to the crisis and a prelude to the renaissance this summer. With renewed pride and faith in our strengths. And as always, with compass the realism and with our map the studied plan. And be sure, together we will succeed again!»

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