Greek PM says humanitarian bill not a unilateral step

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected talk that Greece΄s international creditors view the government΄s humanitarian bill as a unilateral step, adding that he would raise the issue at this week΄s summit of European Union leaders.

Greek lawmakers were scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday, which allows for the provision of free electricity and food coupons to low income earners. It is estimated to cost some 200 million euros ($212 million) that the leftist-led government says will be offset by other budgetary measures and will have no impact on state finances.

“This is the first bill in five years that doesn΄t take something from the people but will offer them something,” he told lawmakers.

Mr Tsipras also said Greece plans to push ahead with a parliamentary vote later this week to reopen the state broadcaster and offer taxpayers more lenient terms on arrears owed, without having been given the green light from international creditors.