Debt relief now possible in Greece but only after complete asset liquidation

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Greek people who owe money to banks or the state will now be eligible for bankruptcy, but only if everything they own is taken from them first.

According to the new bankruptcy code blueprint, debtors will enjoy total relief from their debts 24 months after they file for bankruptcy and 12 months after the actual bankruptcy comes to a close, provided they have had all their assets liquidated after a court decision.

The move marks the end of the Katseli law, which currently provides relief for people who cannot pay their bills because of almost a decade of harsh austerity measures such as big pay cuts, tax hikes and slashed pensions.

Elderly in Greece took to the streets in 2015 to protest the slashing of their pensions. Source: Young Journalists Club.

The New Democracy government said the new code will put an end to the time-consuming bankruptcy procedures that currently apply through the Katseli law, with some lasting up to 15 years.

The new framework is expected to be ready in the next couple of months under a plan designed to appease Greece’s creditors – the European Union, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism and the banks.

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