Papandreou to Cabinet: Blame The Media And 85% Is Good Enough

Greek PM Papandreou address his cabinet this morning explaining how hard he has been working, how Greece is simply the scapegoat, how the media is to blame for the ever-decreasing circles they are running in, and how achieving 85% of what was expected of them in August was good enough.

The full transcript is below in all its glory (via Google Translate):

We all understand the gravity of the moment. We pay and other battles two years, but it certainly is a decisive battle that we in the coming days, weeks and months. And it is complex and because the situation at international level. Very easily it can be trying, for many reasons, transfer of responsibilities to Greece in our country as a kind of scapegoat for problems and failures, institutional or otherwise, or for reasons of internal political situations in other countries.


But on the other hand, means that we can not give the slightest pretext, we must be absolutely consistent in what we do. And it also means that a small problem can get international dimensions. Our own media contribute greatly to expand topics and create rumors, but they play abroad. But that means we need to be very careful, not only in what we say but in what we do, to move decisively to "lock" this July agreement, which laboriously succeeded.


This is a very big deal, which is a prerequisite to be able not only to get out of this crisis, but to go to a safer and longer development path, with many possibilities. You know, we've said many times that we have many capabilities that would be a shame not to consolidate. It is therefore of historic importance, literally, movements, decisions and our collective operation.


Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Merkel. I reiterated our unwavering decision to be entirely consistent with our commitments to all our commitments. Upon completion of the positive evaluation of the three bodies of the troika, no issue not supported by Greece in accordance with the decisions of July. On the other, of course, and they expect the review to see that indeed we have done what we should do.


So then, you are talking, it is advisable to negotiate a good idea to consult, to see how we implement the objectives. But those goals, however, must catch them and move as quickly as possible. Whatever the result we have, large or small, should also be viewed positively. Because it is too easy to be a nihilistic approach, which obviously the opposition grows to the fullest, but like I said, this post goes, unfortunately, the international media and creates a negative climate.


It is therefore imperative that the next time to move on fully drawn and disciplined manner. Like I said, every act we move our our word, positive or negative, is crucial. And any delay will emerged as mountain abroad as confirmation of weakness, as confirmation of any bias towards Greece, but also as an opportunity for each kakotheliti and speculators to hit the euro and Greece.


But we are not far from our goals-this is important. We are close to achieve next year primary surplus for the first time in many years.


And structural changes are also very important. While progressing structural changes, and bring results, the less the weights loaded the Greek citizen. Without major changes, we can reduce more costs not exploited as it should, and lost, greater transparency, to make better use of human resources, and electronic systems that help us better manage taxpayers' money. There is also trying to bring some order everywhere, including on pensions 'monkey', the disability benefits also "monkey".


And these issues are important because they are large amounts available. It is important for a sense of law, which calls this time the Greeks from all of us. To be able to bear the weight of the decisions we have to take, it is necessary to feel that they are fair decisions and that there is an unfair distribution of burdens or that some escape.


Beat So the customer system. And there, we want the public official ally, as we say. We would, however, and feel that the civil servant is rewarded actually doing a good job, but that for him who escapes from his duties or violate its obligations and the law, no reaction, there will be penalties but until now there was no control and impunity.


One of the current issues, then, is the disciplinary rules in Public Administration. We also, in the opposite direction, to highlight a different attitude in Public Administration and honor those who actually do their job well. This is a big reversal in Public Administration. There will, of course, resistance from several who believe that these measures are supposedly unpopular or do not know what else. By contrast, we aim precisely to defend the public interest because it has misunderstood the concept of public interest.


Everyone makes the manor, the his fief, as a "factor" is either an entrepreneur or living parasitically by the Greek government, either medium, whether union or a union, believing that it is no longer own this piece the state and do what he wants. The arbitrariness, this logic is. Instead, we believe as a progressive and socialist sense - not as a conservative - that all this belongs to government, society, the citizen. The government serves the people. It serves the "alpha" or "beta" factor, as high as they are. To get away from this supposedly "leftist" rhetoric that we are conservative when we put a class.


Place order, so we can serve the public interest. What else is more progressive and socialist, but to consolidate the logic of public interest, public interest, that no one can plunder and appropriated, the public power and wealth.


Part of the structural changes are also mergers organizations. The Ministry of Rural Development will present today some of these measures. We have the draft laws on changes in the new structure of state television to protect the environment, and transport differences of European Union directives into Greek law. I stress again that it is critical, the next time, each ministry to make a serious programming.We will have the opportunity to see together the new priorities.


I can say that in 85%, the priorities we had put in August were implemented. This is a good rate. You see, because the remaining 15% had difficulties, some were biased. But to put such short-term goals is very important because we also have a direct orientation. We do, however, and a broader plan for the coming months to organize the best moves ahead. Good job.