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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-08-27

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

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  • [01] Inner Cabinet approves guidelines for 2009 budget
  • [02] Eurostat on aging population

  • [01] Inner Cabinet approves guidelines for 2009 budget

    The Inner Cabinet, chaired by prime minister Costas Karamanlis, on Wednesday approved the basic guidelines of the 2009 state budget, following a proposal by economy and finance minister George Alogoskoufis.

    Alogoskoufis told reporters after the meeting that measures were approved to enhance the transparency of the budget, through the incorporation of the ministries' special accounts into the state budget.

    The Inner Cabinet further decided the creation of an inter-ministerial committee responsible for approving the expenditures of the state Organizations, which he said are currently not subject to government control.

    It further decided measures to expand the taxation base and to curb tax-evasion.

    The ministry's aim, Alogoskoufis explained, was better use of the public expenditures, transparency in the budget, low tax rates, and to ensure that everyone paid their share of the taxes.

    Alogoskoufis said that he also briefed the Inner Cabinet on developments in the economy.

    He also said that, for the past year, there has been an international economic crisis and a rise in inflation, adding that, as a country, Greece had the obligation of reducing its deficit by 0.5 percentage points annually.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis(R) and Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis (L)

    [02] Eurostat on aging population

    Three out of every 10 Greeks will be over 65 years of age by the year 2035, according to data publicised by the European Statistical Service (Eurostat) on Tuesday.

    According to Eurostat, people over the age of 65 in Greece will account for 26.3 percent of the population by 2035 (compared to 18.6 percent today) and 31.7 percent by 2060.

    Moreover, Eurostat assessed that Greece's population will increase by 3.2 percent by 2035 and decrease by 0.9 percent from now until 2060.

    As regards the population of the European Union, it is expected to increase from the present 495 million to 521 million in 2035.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo


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