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PM to make announcements on retroactive payments to pensioners next week

The government has proved that it respects court decisions and will do so on this occasion also. No pensioner will have to resort to the courts to get the money they are due but should simply wait a few days until the government's decisions are announced.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will next week announce the time and manner in which retroactive repayments will be made to pensioners for pension cuts ruled wrongful by the Greek courts, government spokesperson Stelios Petsas said in an interview with Skai on Saturday.

The government has proved that it respects court decisions and will do so on this occasion also, Petsas said, adding that no pensioner will have to resort to the courts to get the money they are due but should simply wait a few days until the government's decisions are announced.

«We will study the ruling to see exactly what it pertains to and what fiscal impact it will have on the budget», the spokesperson noted, saying that the prime minister will announce the manner and time in which the retroactive payments will be made and that there will be a horizontal solution concerning all eligible pensioners, so that they do not need to file individual claims in the courts.

Commenting on the decision to make face masks mandatory in supermarkets, Petsas highlighted the need to be more careful and said that wearing face masks in supermarkets «is a good measure for us to understand that we must wear masks where the experts recommend». He noted that Saturday will be a "transitional" day to adjust to the measure, while enforcement will be made stricter from Monday.

On Turkey, Petsas said that the possibility of an EU summit to discuss Turkish provocations has not yet been confirmed and, on the danger of a hot incident with Turkey, he noted that Greece is not afraid but is on alert and preparing itself, since it is seeing provocative behaviour on the Turkish side that is incompatible with good neighbour relations.

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