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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-09-12

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  • [01] Papandreou charges 'secret agenda' on pensions
  • [02] Gov't welcomes EU Court decision on OA
  • [03] Ultramarathon set for N. Greece virgin forest

  • [01] Papandreou charges 'secret agenda' on pensions

    [02] Gov't welcomes EU Court decision on OA

    Athens on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the European Court of First Instance to partially overturn a European Commission decision over the recovery of state financial aid paid to state-run Olympic Airlines.

    "It is a justification of efforts made in the last few years to the benefit of both the airline and the Greek state," Deputy Economy and Finance Minister Petros Doukas said.

    Commenting on the ruling, Doukas noted that the "decision of the European Court, partially annulling past decisions taken by the Commission over state subsidies to Olympic Airlines, is a justification of our efforts. The Greek government dealt with the Olympic Airlines issue with a sense of responsibility towards the company's workers, customers and the Greek taxpayer. It inherited pending issues from previous governments that failed dramatically in implementing all restructuring programs for the airline, undermining its name which it is its main asset," he said, adding:

    "With hard work, the government is doing what previous governments should have done for several years. We continue our efforts to achieve a full restructuring of the company".

    The Court of First Instance said the EU's executive arm had not given adequate reasons for finding fault with the prolonged non-payment of airport charges due to Athens International Airport by the airline and other items. But the court threw out Olympic's challenge against having to repay restructuring aid.

    Caption: A file photo of an Olympic Airways jet at the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport of Athens on Feb. 18, 2002. ANA-MPA / EPA / L. GOULIAMAKI

    [03] Ultramarathon set for N. Greece virgin forest

    A super-long endurance race dubbed the "1st Virgin Forest Ultramarathon" will be held at the Paranesti forest in the prefecture of Drama, northern Greece, on Oct. 13-14. This is the first and only 24-hour, 102-kilometre ultramarathon race to be held in Greece, with the participation of 100 athletes.

    The aim of the organising committee is to promote the surrounding region as an eco-friendly destination and to highlight environmental protection issues. The hope is to establish the race as an annual event.

    The race is being organised jointly by the Drama prefecture and Paranesti municipality, under the auspices of the Macedonia-Thrace ministry, among others.

    Caption: A file photo shows athletes competing in marathon held on the slopes of Mt. Olympus on Sunday, June 25, 2006. ANA-MPA/ V. PASCHALI.

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