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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-12

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  • [01] Papandreou visits Children's Centre
  • [02] Merchant marine minister addresses maritime conference
  • [03] Unemployment rate decreases

  • [01] Papandreou visits Children's Centre

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou stated his undivided support for the unimpeded operation of Children's Creative Occupation Centres, during his visit to a centre in the Athens district of Daphne on Wednesday afternoon.

    Papandreou was given a briefing "on the successful 10-year functioning of the institution and of the centre, as well as on the threatened risk of its restriction."

    The PASOK leader talked to children, parents and employees, he was briefed on problems they are facing and stressed the need for backing the institution and all that is related to family protection.

    Papandreou was informed by children and parents of the activities and possibilities that are provided by the centres and pointed out that the continuation of the institution is a matter of political will.

    He promised that PASOK will promote and back the effort with the purpose of having it extended to include junior and senior high school children as well.

    Papandreou added that his party's criteria for the child is for him to grow up, to create and to promote his talents in the home, in the family and in the neighbourhood and for this reason these structures of social and family protection must be strengthened.

    [02] Merchant marine minister addresses maritime conference

    Merchant Marine, Aegean and Island Policy Minister Anastasis Papaligouras inaugurated the 8th Maritime Conference titled "Navigator 2008" on Wednesday, stressing that the crisis will not be an obstructive factor for efforts to maintain Greek shipping's competitive advantage in the global economic arena.

    Papaligouras referred during his address to the great importance for the country's merchant shipping, apart from the business fervour of the Greek shipowner, of his successful cooperation with the merchant shipping's potential as well, Greek seamen.

    He said that his ministry's policy focuses on the human factor, while also pointing to the problem existing already in global shipping, that of the inadequacy of the labour market in seamen potential.

    The minister referred, lastly, to the ministry's policies to attract young people to the shipping profession, to improve training standards and to upgrade the image of shipping.

    [03] Unemployment rate decreases

    The unemployment rate decreased to 7.1 percent in August 2008, compared to 7.6 percent in August 2007.

    According to an announcement by the Greek National Statistical Service (ESYE), the unemployment rate was 11 percent for women in August 2008 and 4.5 percent for men, as against 11.8 percent unemployment for women and 4.6 percent for men in August 2007.

    Unemployment mainly affects age groups between 15-24 (amounting to 19.2 percent and the 25-34 age groups by up to 10.6 percent).

    As regards the unemployment rate in each region of the country, ESYE announced that the highest rate is recorded in Western Macedonia with 15.3 percent, Western Greece 11.6 percent and Central Macedonia 8.8 percent.

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