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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-13

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  • [01] Opposition on control of OTE
  • [02] Santorini earns another honor

  • [01] Opposition on control of OTE

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou on Tuesday tabled a question for Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis in Parliament, questioning the wisdom of relinquishing state control over Greece's telephone utility Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE). PASOK's leader underlined that the government is selling out OTE and handing over the organization's management to a foreign, essentially state-run, telecommunications company, without explaining the reasons for such a decision and the likely benefits for OTE, consumers and the Greek economy. Specifically, Papandreou asked the prime minister why the government has followed underground procedures for handing over OTE's management to Deutsche Telekom, thereby abolishing state control and undermining public interest through the imminent deal. Papandreou's concerns were echoed by the head of the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Parliamentary group, Alekos Alavanos, who also tabled a question for the prime minister on similar lines. Alavanos stressed that SYRIZA opposed the selling off of public enterprises, such as OTE and Greece's major ports, by the ruling New Democracy government and questioned the wisdom of placing key tools for government intervention in the hands of foreign interests at a time when the world was entering a global financial crisis. A question for the prime minister was also tabled by the head of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party George Karatzaferis, who called for a revision of government policy for the health sector, stressing what he called major deficiencies on all levels.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou.

    [02] Santorini earns another honor

    Readers of the Spanish magazine "Cruceros y Destinos", which specialises in cruise holiday reporting and coverage, have voted the island of Santorini as the best cruise destination in the Mediterranean.

    The head of the Greek National Tourism Organization's (GNTO) office in Madrid, Dora Makri, received the award on Monday from the magazine's director, Feliz Gonzalez.

    St. Petersburg, Russia was voted as the best destination in northern Europe, while the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten as the best destination in the Caribbean.

    Caption: The volcanic rock islet in the middle of the Caldera, which is surrounded by the crescent-shaped island of Santorini (Thera), in a file photo dated Friday, 16 April, 2004. ANA-MPA / SIMELA PANTZARTZI.

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