Greece: the Council of Europe considers that the referendum “problem”

short time for complex issues: the Council of Europe considers that the referendum which reach organize Greek authorities on the proposals of its creditors “a major problem”

. “The referendum is inconsistent with our recommendations says Wednesday 1 er July Höltgen Daniel, spokesman of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjoern Jagland. The fact that the time is so short is a major problem, especially as it comes to complex issues. We recommend a delay of at least two weeks.

Because of this too short, ” there is no possibility of international observation “, he added, so that the institution recommends allowing the presence of foreign observers. Moreover “matters of a referendum must be very clear and understandable” , he has noted, saying that this was not the case at this stage.

Recommendations non-binding

The Greek government sources said that the question put to voters was precise and entered in Official Journal, after being passed by Parliament last Saturday.

The recommendations of the Council of Europe have no binding values. Based in Strasbourg and distinct from the Community institutions, it includes 47 countries, signatories of the European Convention on Human Rights, including the 28 Member States, but also Russia and Turkey.

Premier Greek Alexis Tsipras adopted since Tuesday evening a new strategy, with proposals “reforms against new money.” The head of government has sent a letter to the Eurogroup, in which he is willing to accept most of the reforms required by creditors – with only a few amendments – in exchange for loans and a commitment to renegotiate its debt, a change that to be discussed at 17 h 30 at a new meeting of the Eurogroup

In a statement on television, Mr. Tsipras, however, announced that Sunday’s referendum was held and again called on Greeks to vote no.


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