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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-19

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  • [01] SYN leader tours landfill
  • [02] Mauthausen memorial service
  • [03] Sioufas pans libel suit practice

  • [01] SYN leader tours landfill

    The need for a new, serious and "national but not class-based" waste management planning was underlined Monday by Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) leader Alexis Tsipras during a visit to the greater Athens area's only official landfil in the northwest Ano Liosia district. He pointed out that the creation of landfills in the region of western Attica prefecture has a clear class-based character, and a new strategy will have to be prepared to include, among others, recycling at the source, reduction of waste volume, and new processing and garbage disposal planning. "We are lagging far behind in Europe in the sector of waste recycling, considering that in 2006 when recycling in the EU countries was 41 percent, in Greece it was 13 percent," Tsipras added, concluding that a policy change is imperative both for public health reasons and for the future of major urban centers. Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Alexis Tsipras.

    [02] Mauthausen memorial service

    A memorial service and a wreath-laying ceremony for the 3,700 Greeks who perished in the Mauthausen concentration camp during WWII was held here on Sunday in the presence of representatives of the Greek state, Church and members of the Greek-Austrian community. A multi-national ceremony with the participation of dozens of foreign delegations was also held at the Mauthausen Monument in the presence of Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer and Parliament President Barbara Prammer. The Mauthausen concentration camp, 170km west of Vienna, was established by the Nazis in 1938 when a number of Dachau prisoners were transferred there. Until the camp was liberated by Allied forces on May 5, 1945, more than 206,000 prisoners from all over Europe experienced the most inhuman treatment conceivable. A total of 122,797 people were led to their deaths in Mauthausen.

    Caption: Survivors of the former Nazi concentration camp of Mauthausen arrive to attend a ceremony to commemorate the 63rd anniversary of the liberation of the camp in Austria, 18 May 2008. The concentration camp was liberated by US troops on May 5, 1945. ANA-MPA/ EPA/RUBRA

    [03] Sioufas pans libel suit practice

    Parliament President Dimitris Sioufasm responding to a relevant press question on Monday, expressed his opposition to the practice of filing libel suits against political leaders.

    He comment comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed by Marfin Investment Group (MIG) executive vice-president Andreas Vgenopoulos against main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou.

    "Viewpoints and political positions presented in Parliament cannot and should not be brought to the court room," Sioufas stated.

    The libel suit against Papandreou comes after a similar lawsuit was filed against Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) leader Alexis Tsipras.

    Both men, Papandreou and Tsipras, had sharply criticised MIG's decision to sell some 20 percent of Hellenic Telecommunication Organization's (OTE) equity shares to Deutsche Telekom (DT) -- an apparent prelude to DT's assumption of OTE's management following an agreement with the government last week.

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