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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-22

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  • [01] PAapandreou chairs party meeting on economy
  • [02] Greek-African Union memorandum
  • [03] OTE in FTSE4Good index

  • [01] PAapandreou chairs party meeting on economy

    Main opposition PASOK party spokesman George Papaconstantinou, speaking after Monday's Political Council meeting chaired by party leader George Papandreou, said that the economy is the top issue on PASOK's agenda.

    Papaconstantinou said that PASOK "is standing with a feeling of responsibility before the big crisis that the country is experiencing" and added that "we are starting the struggle for the budget that we shall turn into a struggle to defend family income, the social state and the country's growth course."

    The spokesman further said that the party will wage "the struggle in Parliament with specialised proposals on what PASOK's president said at the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), in society with activities in all the prefectures of Greece and in all the social sectors and workplaces, to convince citizens on our alternative proposal."

    Asked whether there is a possibility of PASOK tabling an "alternative budget," he said that "the role of the main opposition party is to check the government and to submit proposals," adding that he was not aware of a European country in which the main opposition party tables a complete budget "for the simple reason that, among other things, the services of the General State Accounting Office are also required."

    [02] Greek-African Union memorandum

    Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission and former foreign minister of Gabon, Jean Ping, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between Greece and the African Union in New York on Monday.

    Bakoyannis said that the signing of the Memorandum is proof of Greece's readiness to strengthen its commitments towards the African continent.

    The Memorandum anticipates Greece granting 12 million euros over the next four years for programmes related to climatic change. She said that with this commitment Greece is becoming one of the countries turning its attention to this dimension of the problem of climatic change in a direct and substantive way.

    Bakoyannis added that Africa has achieved great progress in adopting the Development Targets of the Millennium, stressing that many things have yet to be done and that the international community must support Africa's efforts.

    She also said that Greece, being a neighbour of the African continent, is ready to play the role corresponding to it in the international community's efforts for Africa's development and underlined that the present upgrading of its cooperation with Africa is tangible proof of its commitment.

    Bakoyannis, who is participating in the present High Level Meeting on the Development Needs of Africa, mentioned that Greece, in the framework of its presidency in the Human Security Network, adopted as a top priority climatic change and its repercussions for the sensitive groups of the population and noted that the challenges being faced are many, but Greece will stand by Africa and will help it to enable the 21st century to become Africa's century.

    [03] OTE in FTSE4Good index

    Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) is included in the FTSE4Good international stock indexes, the first Greek enterprise to be included in the index, compiled by FTSE International Group. The decision to include OTE in the index was based on the Organisationās systemic efforts to promoting dialogue, transparency and credibility and its management commitment to ensuring a responsible corporate practice.

    The social responsibility indexes FTSE4Good, include top enterprises from around the world for their high sensitivity in protecting human rights, environmental protection and constructive relations with all social partners.

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