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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] FinMin at Ecofin council
  • [02] Super League football results

  • [01] FinMin at Ecofin council

    Finance and Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis, addressing the informal Ecofin and Eurogroup Councils here over the weekend, said that apart from coordinated action at European Union level, each country will also apply its own policy in accordance with its specific problems and fiscal limitations.

    The minister said that some countries have experienced ebbs in the construction sector and in the home purchasing market, while others have competitiveness and exports problems, whereas reactions cannot be identical in all the countries.

    "Greece had set out with very high fiscal deficits in 2004, it has achieved great progress, but it is one of the countries that are close to the 3 percent limit and certainly it has not secured the mid-term target which is zero deficits. This effort must be continued and whatever initiatives that we take for growth, employment and social cohesion are surely within the framework of the country's fiscal possibilities and the predictions of the Stability and Development Pact," the minister pointed out.

    Bank of Greece Governor George Provopoulos, who participated in the informal Eurogroup Council, confirmed views voiced by senior officials of major Greek commercial banks that the Greek banking system is healthy. He added that one should not be concerned about Greek banks and noted that the Bank of Greece is monitoring developments with great care.

    ANA-MPA file photo of FinMin George Alogoskoufis.

    [02] Super League football results

    Olympiakos Piraeus beat Xanthi 1-0 away and stayed at the top of the Super League football standings, together with ambitious Ergotelis Crete, after matches taking place over the weekend.

    PAOK Thessaloniki and AEK Athens drew 1-1 at Toumba Stadium in Thessaloniki and both are in second place together with Larissa, two points from the top. Panathinaikos Athens also beat Super League newcomer Panthrakikos Komotini 3-0 at the Athens Olympic Stadium, ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match with Inter Milan in Athens.

    In other action:

    Iraklis Thessaloniki-OFI Crete 1-1

    Panseraikos Serres-Panionios Athens 0-1

    Levadiakos Livadia-Thrasyvoulos Athens 1-0

    Asteras Tripoli-Larissa 0-0

    Ergotelis Crete-Aris Thessaloniki 3-0

    Standings after two weeks of play:

    1. Olympiakos 6 points

    2. Ergotelis 6

    3. Larissa 4

    4. PAOK 4

    5. AEK 4

    6. Panathinaikos 3

    7. Aris 3

    8. Xanthi 3

    9. Panionios 3

    10. Panseraikos 3

    11. Levadiakos 3

    12. OFI 1

    13. Iraklis 1

    14. Asteras 1

    15. Panthrakikos 0

    16. Thrasyvoulos 0

    Caption: AEK Athens midfielder Antonis Rikkas, yellow jerseys, fight for the ball against PAOK Thessaloniki's Sergio Conceisao during the PAOK-AEK game on Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, which ended 1-1. ANA-MPA / INTIME SPORTS/NIKOS VICHOS.


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