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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] KKE rally in Athens
  • [02] Environment protection event
  • [03] Sites open on May 18

  • [01] KKE rally in Athens

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga addressed a party rally in downtown Syntagma Square on Thursday night, stressing that two paths exist for the development of Greek society, "the one is the path of capital and the other is KKE's proposal for the creation of an anti-imperialist and anti-monopolistic democratic front."

    Papariga predicted that the situation "will worsen further in Europe, Greece and the region because imperialism is becoming more and more dangerous and reactionary."

    She added that climatic worsening and the problem of food are products of imperialist policy and of the capitalist path of development and stressed that "sooner or later the country's working class, the largest part of working people, will find themselves before the real dilemma of submission or resistance, incorporation or reversal."

    Papariga went on to say that KKE calls on working people to "brush aside and turn into a minority all those who, in the name of European unification, competitiveness and renewal, are leading them to bargain what they will be losing."

    She also underlined her party's "absolutely negative stance towards class exploitation that is leading to the creation of incalculable wealth and provocative luxury on the one hand and to material and spiritual poverty and insecurity on the other."

    Papariga further stressed that "we do not feel at ease for as long as NATO is blessing violations of sovereign rights by the leadership of Turkey, abolishing the borders in the Aegean and not only."

    Caption:Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga addresses a party rally on Thursday 15 May 2008 at downtown Athens Syndagma square. ANA-MPA/PANTELIS SAITAS

    [02] Environment protection event

    Deputy Development Minister Stavros Kalafatis addressed an event on the environment organised in Athens by the European Union of Small and Medium-Size Enterprises EUMU Hellas on Thursday on the theme of "The small and medium-size enterprises speak of the environment in which they live and develop."

    Kalafatis said that "one of the main strategic targets of the new operational programme, of EPAN 2, for the next programmed period until 2013 is strengthening the attractiveness of Greece as a place for the development of business activity, with respect for the environment and sustainability. Until yesterday, the targets that we achieved were high. As of today, the bar is going even higher. Our aim is even better results."

    The deputy development minister underlined that "the government, from the very beginning, has placed small and medium-size entrepreneurship at the peak of the priorities of development and today, the citizens who are interested in creating their own business have lower tax rates and simpler procedures. The activity of the small and medium-size enterprises is supported by the development law and is funded to a greater degree by the European Union programmes."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Deputy Development Minister Stavros Kalafatis

    [03] Sites open on May 18

    Guards of archaeological sites on Thursday suspended a strike following a decision taken in the evening by their association.

    Archaeological sites will remain open on Sunday 18 May, which coincides with International Museums Day.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of the archaeological site of Mycenae


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