The Greek prime Minister has just finished his first live broadcast to the nation here is the transcript

Mitsotakis: All tax and insurance obligations suspended – Two billion euros on the market

  • March 17, 2020 – 17:11
Kyriakos Mitsotakis went into a debate about the coronavirus where he stressed that we are at war with an enemy that is invisible but not invincible.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced that “all tax and insurance obligations are suspended, while we are adopting emergency measures that give maximum flexibility to save jobs.”

He also added: “And we are co-ordinating with the Bank of Greece and the European Central Bank to prevent a new generation of red loans:” The state will cover the cost of borrowing rates and in turn banks will suspend by September debt payments for consistent businesses. “

On jobs, he said: “I urge businesses not to make redundancies. Because there will be measures that will stimulate liquidity and allow them to withstand this adventure. “

The whole message of Kyriakos Mitsotakis about the coronavirus

My fellow citizens,

Again, again – for the second time in a few days – on the threat of coronavirus. Because as the pandemic continues to spread it is causing thousands of deaths in many countries. But also the first serious casualties in our country.

So at times like this – when time seems to go wrong – I choose to communicate more often. And to let you know personally about the new data, the decisions we make and the plans we make.

Always speaking the language of truth and with constant guidance the advice of experts.

We are at war. With an enemy that is invisible but not invincible. Because if we manage to limit transmission, we will give the health system time to deal with emergencies.

Our first priority is one that is non-negotiable: saving lives. Our first concern is human and public health.

That is why we have imposed, far earlier than other European countries, measures unprecedented for a time of peace. And we continue in that direction.

The stores will be closed from tomorrow, except those with essentials or services.

The State has already redeployed its forces, adopting new technological applications in this direction, in order to protect vulnerable groups of the population. Businesses do the same, thanks to e-commerce.

Three were our goals from the beginning, and they remain as the war goes on:

Limiting the spread of the virus. Strengthening the health system. And support for the economy and workers. I start from the last one.

Just yesterday it was decided at the Eurogroup that this year’s surplus target of 3.5% is not met. All the costs of the health and immigration crisis will not be counted in the 2020 budget. Like the extraordinary social budget expenditures for the unemployed, the poor and the welfare structures.

We will also be able to allocate the NSRF resources for market and labor immediately and without additional bureaucracy.

In practice, and for the first time, the government will allocate 2 billion euros to assist productive activities with problems due to turnover reduction.

Whereas the state, not the business, undertakes to pay part of the wages of the workers in the sectors affected.

In addition, all tax and insurance obligations are suspended, while we enact extraordinary measures that give maximum flexibility to save jobs.


And we are coordinating with the Bank of Greece and the European Central Bank to prevent a new generation of red loans: The state will cover the cost of borrowing rates and in turn, banks will suspend debt payments for coherent businesses by September.

We want to save jobs. And I urge businesses not to make redundancies. Because there will be measures that will stimulate liquidity and allow them to withstand this adventure.

I will shortly be attending the European Union Summit with the aim of broadening the scope for government action. But also to convey the message that we must overcome this crisis united and at a cost shared fairly in society. In the public and private sectors. But also with the practical support of Europe itself.

Under this flag we will fight. That too is served by our new drastic measures, which will be specialized tomorrow by the Ministers of Finance, Development and Labor.

On the Health front, 2,000 Nurses are hired directly to their posts. From today, NIMTS is being transformed into a Coronavirus Nursing Center. For the same purpose the newly built private Attica Clinic in Thriasio is ordered. A total of 1,900 new beds are offered in the Health System.

I wish we didn’t need them all… But that, as I said, depends on us all.

We’re at the beginning of the battle, which will be difficult, especially in the next two months! The Civil Protection Secretariat is now coordinating the battle, around which all public services are based.

That is why Secretary Nikos Chardalias has already been upgraded to Undersecretary of State, with special responsibility for tackling the pandemic. And, every afternoon at 18:00, together with the infectious disease specialist Sotiris Tsiodras, he will inform the citizens responsibly.

But nothing can be done without the dedication of our staff.

Our hospital fighters deserve all the help. They are heroes in white and green t-shirts. As do our Civil Protection executives and our suitors who day and night offer themselves for the common good. I thank them, thank you, on behalf of all Greeks.

It is not enough for you to applaud and public praise, but more. And I’ll take care of that personally.

The biggest weapon against the coronavirus, however, remains our daily attitude. And, as the virus is transmitted through communication, that is exactly what we have to adjust to.

The doctors tell us, after all, ‘We stand up for you in the hospitals. And you have to stay home for us. “

And they advise us: Do not treat as healthy people who do not go out so they do not get sick. But think differently: As if you already have the virus and should not pass it on to others.

Rallies are the biggest pitfalls. That’s why we ban them.

So we stay home. What was once called cocooning and became a trend and fashion for young people, today is a need and a debt for everyone.

Let us be alone, but not lonely! Protected, not besieged! And isolated, but not alienated.

Because we are called to change habits only, not our culture. In other words, to build a new society based on responsibility.

Our first concern remains to safeguard our elderly and vulnerable groups. And that responsibility lies with everyone, especially the younger ones. Be careful: You are most likely to get mild or no symptoms at all. However, by circulating unnecessarily you also circulate the virus.

So you are threatening your parents and grandparents. But you risk it yourself. Because hospitals are flooding with increasing patients.


And that means that if you have an accident tomorrow, fall off your machine, there will be no Intensive Care. Consequently, carelessness is not pseudo-resistance, it is not “witchcraft” or wit. It’s just irresponsibility.

My compatriots everywhere in Greece,

In the next two months the risk will increase. That is why new restrictions will follow. And we all need to be disciplined.

Those who are anti-social will be exemplary punished. Why they would have committed a double crime: Against the law and against life.

The same is true for those who spread the misinformation with non-existent rumors. Because panic is just as dangerous as the disease.

And when some lose their responsibility and humanity first, they cannot then ask “where is the state”. The first and only reason now belongs to doctors and the State.

In the world today, there are two political as well as ethical approaches to tackling the pandemic:

The former views the health threat in the light of the economy, which should be supported by whatever casualties occur in the interim.

It is the choice of states that refuse to take dynamic measures, although some are now looking to rethink it. But they do not cease to treat humans as numbers that will survive the time and the so-called “herd immunity”.

The second concept prioritizes the health of societies, regardless of the cost involved. He recognizes that the next day will be difficult, perhaps even nightmarish.

After all, everyone is talking about “war conditions”. Therefore, the economy must also be a “war economy”. What we are experiencing is not the “15 days of relaxed vacations” that we are just about to return to before, as if nothing had happened.

The position, therefore, entails many and drastic measures. It counts on the discipline of citizens to limit the pandemic, which will have victims. But whatever the ruins, it wants most people healthy to rebuild it.

And that is exactly my choice.

So my first concern is man. Every Greek, every Greek, every Greek, individually. For their lives and health I will bear all the costs!

My fellow citizens,

The government remains up to its task. But believe me, victory will only come if we all – each one of us – are disciplined soldiers in this “war of life”. Because the enemy is invisible and insidious. So stay safe, stay home!

Science is working hard and will eventually discover the antidote to the pandemic. We will not get out of it. But we need to get stronger. With losses, yes, in our economy. But, with the power to rebuild what was lost.

And with the values ​​of a new social identity. Born of extraordinary circumstances, but which will quickly become the next day’s driving force.

But above all, this adventure invites us to show our individual responsibility. Our bravery and our collective strength.

But also our philanthropy, which we often refer to, but now it’s time to do it in a tangible everyday way.

With these supplies – united and united – we will succeed. The Greeks will be the winners again!

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