Ruling coalition leader SYRIZA intends to submit a proposal for a Parliamentary investigative committee to look into the events leading up to Greece’s entry into bailout programmes and austerity memorandums, SYRIZA Parliamentary Group Secretary Christos Mantas announced on Tuesday. The decision was made during a meeting of the Parliamentary group’s presidium chaired by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
“SYRIZA’s Parliamentary Group today tables a proposals for the formation of an investigating committee that will examine Greece’s entry into the memorandum regime and supervision, as well as every other issue linked to the implementation of the memorandums. We are consequently implementing our commitment and the prevailing social demand, without any intent of revanchism or penalisation of political life, in order to seek out the causes and responsibility for an unprecedented crisis that levelled the overwhelming majority of society,” Mantas said.
The proposal is expected to be tabled by Tuesday night and will be signed by the entire SYRIZA Parliamentary group.
According to sources, SYRIZA wants the committee’s investigation to examine four crucial periods. The first is that from October 2009 until May 2010, which culminated in the signature of the first loan agreement.
The second spans the period from May 2010 to November 2011, which covered the second loan agreement and the third will look at the period from November 2011 until May 2012, when the “voluntary” haircut of Greek bonds, dubbed PSI, took place.
The final period will be that from the double elections in May 2012 until the present day.
They said the proposal to be submitted by SYRIZA will be “in rem” and not refer to those having political responsibility during those periods by name, though they will be described, and will also call for an examination of political responsibility for the events.