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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-17

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

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  • [01] PASOK criticises gov't over OA rescue plan

  • [01] PASOK criticises gov't over OA rescue plan

    The main opposition PASOK sharply criticised on Wednesday a government plan, also approved by the EU Commission, to rescue ailing national carrier Olympic Airways, with party spokesman George Papaconstantinou saying that "for the first time we heard a government minister rejoicing over a solution that will include an EU commissioner."

    The spokesman also said that by announcing the "end of Olympic Airlines" Trasport Minister Costis Hatzidakis spoke "not as a minister of the government, but as an EU commissioner."

    Papaconstantinou termed the outcome of negotiations on Olympic Airlines as the "worst possible result" and when asked if "specific interests lie behind the government's choice" he said that "objectively, the specific choice serves interests. In no way do we want to incriminate other business activities in the air transport sector. We want neither a private nor a state monopoly, we want healthy and viable Olympic Airlines that will convince its customers. What is about to be lost at this moment is the citizen's possibility of making choices."

    The spokesman further said that "we all know that Olympic Airlines need a new framework to be able to stand up to competition, we are all aware that it has had problems for years and that new viable Olympic Airlines are necessary with state and private capital and with strategic alliances."


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