On May 24, Athens will present to the EU countries a plan for further economic reforms. The Greece financial assistance program expires in the summer of 2018. Athens hopes to extend it. According to the European Commission, Greece has agreed with international lenders on a further reform package. The planned measures will be presented at the meeting of EU finance ministers on May 24. This was reported by representatives of the European Commission on Saturday, May 19. Details of the Greek plan have not yet been made public.
Over the past few years, Greece has been allocated loans in the amount of 260 billion euros. The assistance program expires in the summer of 2018. Athens intends to continue to receive credit financing, albeit in an abridged form. If this happens, the country from August 20 will no longer have to live in austerity. Since 2010, European partners, as well as the International Monetary Fund, have demanded a series of key social reforms in exchange for loans from Greece. The proposed measures provoked a protest from residents of the country, which repeatedly led to street protests.
At the end of April, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria, following a meeting with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, said that Greece, which had carried out large-scale structural reforms under pressure from international lenders, deserved to restructure part of its external debt. The OECD predicts that in 2018 the growth of the Greek economy will be 2 percent., And in 2019 will reach 2.3 percent.
Austrian authorities want to link benefits to German
Austrian conservatives and right-wing populists plan to reduce the amount of social benefits. The Austrian ruling coalition, consisting of conservatives and right-wing populists, is going to reduce the amount of state social benefits for people who cannot confirm their knowledge of German. Relevant plans announced on Monday, May 28, Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz.
“The basic rule that we introduce will be that German will be the key to getting the minimum payments in full,” Kurtz said during a press conference. “This means that someone who does not know the language well will not be able to fully claim them,” he explained.
The Austrian Chancellor said that most of the people who use these payments live in Vienna. About half of them are foreign nationals.
No more than 563 euros per month
In accordance with the innovation, the minimum allowance per person will be 563 euros (656 dollars) per month. For the Austrians, the amount can be increased to 863 euros (1,003 dollars) per month, and then only if the language test is successfully passed. Child benefits will also be reduced.
In accordance with the directive on freedom of movement of labor in the European Union, foreign citizens must be equal in their rights with the Austrians. When asked if the new initiative was breaking the law, Kurtz replied that only the Austrian Constitutional Court has the right to make a decision on this matter.
The main reasons for refusing entry to the EU are an unproven goal and lack of a visa or biometrics
The main reason for the refusal of Ukrainians to enter the European Union last year was the “unproven purpose of the trip.” There were 16,500 such cases.
“According to European terminology, this means that the border guard doubts the honesty of the one whom he“ deployed ”at the border. Unfortunately, in this group there are many dubious refusals when our compatriot may have been honest, but could not prove it. Also, this group includes those who go to illegal work, disguising the trip as “visa-free tourism”, the article says.
For comparison, in 2016, for this reason, 10,000 Ukrainians were denied entry.
In second place are those Ukrainians who found themselves on the border with the EU without a valid visa or a biometric passport. There were almost 8,000 of them. This also includes those who had a visa, but it was canceled at the border due to the discrepancy between the “visa” and the real purpose of the visit.
The third most common reason for failures is a lack of funds for the trip. 4370 Ukrainians faced this problem, while a year earlier there were a little more than 2 thousand.
“Based on the reviews, this complaint is most likely made by the Polish border guards (who have received a lot of complaints over the last year),” the article says.
The fourth and fifth causes totaled nearly 4,500 cases. These are the Ukrainians who violated the rules of visa-free travel: either they exceeded the 90-day stay in Schengen, or were deported earlier and decided that they could make a new passport and go again.