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Greece’s Samaras Proposes Broadcaster Committee to End Impasse

June 14, 2013

Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras proposed setting up a committee to recruit a small staff to reopen the country’s state broadcaster and end an impasse with his coalition partners that has threatened the stability of his year-old government.

Under the proposal, a committee with cross-party support would hire a small number of employees to immediately reopen the broadcaster, known as ERT. A bill for a new state broadcaster has already been submitted to parliament and may be voted on next week, Samaras said in an e-mailed statement.

“I expect a responsible stance from the political leaders so that the collaboration between us can continue unhindered,” Samaras said in the statement.

The proposal by Samaras comes before a meeting scheduled for June 17 with Evangelos Venizelos and Fotis Kouvelis, leaders of Pasok and Democratic Left, junior partners in his coalition government. The two parties provide him with the parliamentary majority he needs to draw on the 240 billion euros ($320 billion) in aid from euro area countries and the International Monetary Fund.

The premier overrode objections from the coalition partners and eliminated 2,600 jobs at ERT on June 11, saying a smaller company would take its place.

An official from Pasok, who asked not to be named, said the proposal from Samaras wasn’t enough.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tom Stoukas in Athens at astoukas@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Lars Paulsson at lpaulsson@bloomberg.net


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