Greek PM outlines priorities, code of conduct for new gov't

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Greek conservative New Democracy (ND) party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis addresses his supporters at the party's headquarters in Athens, Greece, on July 7, 2019. [Photo/Xinhua]

Newly-elected Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis outlined his government's priorities and code of conduct during the first cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

Voicing confidence that the new conservative administration, which emerged after Sunday's national elections, can change Greece and produce results fast, the new leader said that work has already started, parliament will not close for the summer holidays so that draft bills will be forthcoming and everyone will be constantly evaluated.

"The first person who will be constantly assessed by the citizens is me. We have clear priorities and a clear timetable. Today, you will each receive a dossier with the objectives of each ministry and the outstanding issues and commitments left by the previous government," Mitsotakis was quoted by the Greek national news agency AMNA as saying.

The first phase of the action plan ends in December, he said.

Among the government's priorities presented on Wednesday are the acceleration of economic growth through a new investment drive and the increase of disposable income for poor households and the recession-hit middle class.

The new Premier also pledged among others the improvement of education and health systems, environmental protection and security.

One of the first draft bills that will be put to the vote in parliament once MPs give a vote of confidence to the new government on July 22 will be on tax reductions, he said.

Greece's governance model is changing as of today, the conservative leader stressed.

The government's new code of conduct includes a ban on engaging in parallel business interests by ministers and a ban on hiring relatives by public sector employees.

Mitsotakis has also promised to reduce by a third the number of general secretariats in ministries and number of aides the new ministers can hire.

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