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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-02

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  • [01] Nat'l migrant social integration committee
  • [02] Draft law favors borrowers
  • [03] Rare 19th century locomotive

  • [01] Nat'l migrant social integration committee

    A third meeting <font size="3" face="Arial">of a national <font size="3" face="Arial">committee on the <font size="3" face="Arial">social <font size="3" face="Arial">integration of <font size="3" face="Arial">migrants<font size="3" face="Arial">, chaired by Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos<font size="3" face="Arial">, was held on Thursday, in light of the 3rd<font size="3" face="Arial Greek"> international f<font size="3" face="Arial Greek">orum on <font size="3" face="Arial">migration and <font size="3" face="Arial">development (GFMD) to be hosted by Athens <font size="3" face="Arial">in the fall of <font size="3" face="Arial Greek">2009 following <font size="3" face="Arial">a forum in Manila <font size="3" face="Arial">this month. Addressing committee members, Pavlopoulos referred to the forum's objectives<font size="3" face="Arial">, stressing that <font size="3" face="Arial">the issue is a global consultative process open to all UN member states and observers<font size="3" face="Arial">, with main characteristic <font size="3" face="Arial">being dialogue on migrant issues with representatives of <font size="3" face="Arial">civil society and NGOs. Pavlopoulos also referred to the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum<font size="3" face="Arial">, adopted <font size="3" face="Arial">at the EU Justice and Interior Ministers Council meeting last month in Brussels. The pact, due to be formally adopted by EU leaders at their October summit, seeks to improve management of legal immigration, tighten controls on illegal migrants and <font size="3" face="Arial">develop a common asylum policy. It <font size="3" face="Arial">also aims to enforce <font size="3" face="Arial Greek">the repatriation of <font size="3" face="Arial">undocumented migrants and help developing countries persuade their citizens to stay <font size="3" face="Arial">in the country, w<font size="3" face="Arial Greek">hile calling on governments to crack down on employers <font size="3" face="Arial">in the EU who hire illegal immigrants.

    CAPTION: Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos talks with Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis in the meeting of the Council of Ministers, Thursday October 2 2008. ANA-MPA/P. Saitas.

    [02] Draft law favors borrowers

    The Greek government on Thursday tabled a draft bill in Parliament aiming to increase protection for mortgage holders.

    Presenting the draft bill, Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis said the government was raising a ceiling under which property could be sold at auction because of overdue loans, setting the figure at 20,000 euros from the current figure of 10,000 euros. He also noted that the draft bill will prohibit all real estate auctions at prices below objective tax bureau rates.

    Alogoskoufis reiterated that the Greek banking system was fully safe and credible and noted that saving deposits were fully guaranteed.

    Caption: Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis on Thursday 2 October 2008. ANA-MPA / A. Houvarda.

    [03] Rare 19th century locomotive

    A steam locomotive built in 1894, identified as the only such model left in Europe, will soon be on display at the Thessaloniki Railway Museum, following extensive repair and preservation. The unique sample of the 19th century engineering was built at the Graffenstaden factory. A similar steam locomotive was kept at the Museum of Karlsruhe in Germany, but it was destroyed during WWII.

    CAPTION: Photo of steam engine in Thessaloniki, Thursday 2 Octover 2008. ANA-MPA/N. Arvanitidis.

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