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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-05-11

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Four cross-border memorandums worth 33 million euros signed in Sofia
  • [02] Opposition statements over May Day, rallies held in Athens

  • [01] Four cross-border memorandums worth 33 million euros signed in Sofia

    Four memorandums of cross-border cooperation between Greece, Bulgaria along with another three nations, worth a total of 33 million euros, were signed here this week by Bulgarian Finance Minister Milen Velchev and the head of the EUās permanent representation in Sofia, Dimitris Kourkoulas.

    Various Greek-Bulgarian initiatives will be funded by a total of 22 million euros, including tourism and cultural tourism, environmental protection, combating unemployment, exploiting geo-thermal springs in Bulgaria and joint management of the Nestos Riverās waters.

    Meanwhile, in a related development, the Bulgarian parliament this week overwhelmingly ratified a law of accession ahead of expected European Union membership in 2007.

    [02] Opposition statements over May Day, rallies held in Athens

    Opposition parties issued their traditional messages for this year's May Day celebrations, which was transferred to May 11 this year as May 1 fell on Orthodox Easter Sunday. The General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE), the country's largest labour umbrella group, along with the large civil servants' union (ADEDY), held their traditional rally at the Pedio tou Areos square.

    Earlier, in a press release, both unions stressed that the occasion was a strike and not a holiday.

    Mass transit and government bureaus will not operate on Wednesday, with an unspecified number of public school teachers participating along with staff at state-run public utilities. The impact on the private sector was undetermined at press time.

    In a rally held in downtown Syntagma Square, across from the Greek parliament, the Communist Party-affiliated PAME group staged its rival demonstration.

    Communist Party (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga told supporters that a first precondition for "workers' rights" is not to be deceived by ruling ND's promises or main opposition PASOK's saber-rattling. She said the second condition is to ensure class unity of the labour movement.


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