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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-07

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM briefed by Agriculture Minister
  • [02] Bakoyannis in Beijing
  • [03] Sculpture symposium on Crete
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM briefed by Agriculture Minister

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis conferred Thursday with Agriculture and Food Minister Alexandros Kontos and was briefed on efforts made in support of professional farmers. The option to return the special tax imposed on fuel consumption for farming purposes only to professional farmers starting next year is being examined, Kontos stated, adding that he briefed the PM on the course of major land improvement projects underway across the country. The minister also updated the PM on the agricultural research draft law aimed at linking research with production with the purpose of producing quality and competitive farm products. Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis

    [02] Bakoyannis in Beijing

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis arrived here at Beijing on Wednesday, to represent the Greek government at the Olympic Games opening ceremony on Friday.

    During her five-day visit, Bakoyannis will attend, on Friday, an event hosted by Chinese President Hu Jintao in honour of heads of state present at the Games, before attending the opening ceremony.

    The Greek foreign minister's visit also includes, among other things, meetings with the Greek Olympic team, TV interviews -she will be the first foreign official to give her impressions of the opening ceremony- attendance of a Francophonie event in Beijing, while on Saturday evening (Beijing time) she will be visiting the Greek Home, created for the needs of the Greek Year in China.

    A press conference for Greek and foreign reporters is also scheduled for Monday. Bakoyannis will depart from the Chinese capital next Tuesday.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis

    [03] Sculpture symposium on Crete

    Artists from Britain, France, Germany, United States and Greece participate in the 3rd International Sculpture Symposium in the Heraklion municipality of Paliani on the southern Aegean island of Crete. The symposium entitled "Wine and Spirit" is open to the public and will last until August 20. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the artists carve sculptures in huge limestone blocks. All sculptures will remain in the municipality of Paliani, the smallest municipality on Crete, to be on display.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens‚ dailies at a glance

    The measures against poverty and the fiscal reform the government intends to promote following the meeting between PM Costas Karamanlis and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis and the new taxation system to be implemented were the main front-page items in Thursday‚s dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Orgy of hirings by (main opposition party) PASOK - Presented thousands of (PASOK) hirings as being made by the ruling ND".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Hypocrites - The opposition attacks the government because it targets tax dodgers".

    AVGHI: "Stagnant inflation threatens the economy - Just 7 percent of the Greeks are optimistic about their income".

    AVRIANI: "MPs back in business - Returned to their private businesses after approving their own salary raise under the pretext of incompatibility (between holding a seat in Parliament and engaging in any form of professional or business activity)".

    CHORA: "Guerrilla war Olympiad - Arrests following human rights demonstrations".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Labor Law specialist Alexis Mitropoulos sends 7-page letter to PASOK‚s George Papandreou expressing scepticism and warning that?the ship is sinking".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Not a step backwards despite the reactions - Karamanlis-Alogoskoufis decided to continue with the same policy".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Nightclubs' mafia pushes adulterated alcohol - Absence of state controls".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Tax-storm caused by the black hole - New taxes using tax evasion as an alibi".

    ESTIA: "Imposition of special taxes is serious mistake - Firm taxation system is imperative".

    ETHNOS: "Waterloo in the tax evasion battle and indiscriminate taxation raid to make up for the losses".

    KATHIMERINI: "Incomes evading taxation are the target".

    NIKI: "Taxation loop - Have-nots to pay for the losses".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Greek government sends Navy frigate to the Arab Sea".

    TA NEA: "Taxation shock in the fall - Small-medium incomes are the first victims".

    TO VIMA: "Alogoskoufis‚ turn causes turbulence over taxes and spending".

    VRADYNI: "3 changes in building regulations - Main points of the draft bill to be tabled in parliament in the fall".


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