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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-15

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

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  • [01] Vatopedi freezes property titles
  • [02] Green transport for Athens

  • [01] Vatopedi freezes property titles

    The prominent Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, in an announcement over the weekend, said it will deposit all of the money earned from the sale of real estate gained, in recent controversial exchanges with the state, with the Deposits and Loans Fund in the coming days.

    The monastery added that it will "maintain, unchanged and untouched, the rest of its assets resulting from the Lake Vistonida exchanges..."

    "...the titles will be submitted to a notary office in Thessaloniki and a notary deed with be prepared," the statement read, adding that in this way "we are delivering the aforementioned assets of our Monastery to the Greek state for safekeeping, while awaiting the completion of the public prosecutor's investigation."

    CAPTION: photo of Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos. ANA-MPA/N. Kotsiaris

    [02] Green transport for Athens

    A short review of the measures taken by the transport ministry for "Green Transport" to reduce air pollution was conducted on Monday by Transport and Communications Minister Costas Hatzidakis.

    The report was conducted for European Mobility Week, which will run from Tuesday until Sept. 22, and involves 1,442 cities within the European Union. This year the theme is "Clean Air for All: A Dream or a Possible Reality?"

    The presentation by Hatzidakis focused on the extension of a tramline to Piraeus, expected to be completed in 2010 and the extension of the electric train line (ISAP) to Aghios Stefanos, north of Athens, with a completion date in 2013.

    Hatzidakis also referred to an increase in the early morning operation of the Athens metro and ISAP lines every Friday and Saturday.

    He also signed an interministerial proposal to supply 320 new buses with anti-pollution technology, as well as 200 natural gas buses with zero emissions.

    If the proposal is met, Greece will have the largest natural gas bus fleet in Europe.

    CAPTION: a file photo of Athens' tram line. ANA-MPA/S. Axiotis


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