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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-15

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


  • [01] PM on real needs of financially weaker

  • [01] PM on real needs of financially weaker

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, speaking after meeting local officials in the city of Kozani on Saturday, said that the government is responding to the real needs of the financially weaker citizens with social sensitivity, seriousness and responsibility. Karamanlis presented the measures taken by the government to tackle the international economic crisis and that concern the national economy, as well as each household separately.

    The aim, as he said, is to decrease inter-bank interest rates and, consequently, to decrease interest rates for the loans and subsidies of businessmen.

    "We have exercised, we are exercising and we shall exercise every necessary intervention to achieve low interest rates and for the exclusion of abusive terms by banks," the prime minister said.

    As regards measures being taken by the government, he said that they will not burden Greek citizens but will secure 500 million euros for the Social Cohesion Fund and public investments.

    Karamanlis acknowledged that problems do exist that are being intensified by the economic crisis and said that the greatest one is unemployment. He pointed out at this point that through Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED) programmes 50,000 new jobs will be created by the end of the year and another 140,000 new jobs in 2009.

    The prime minister also referred to issues concerning Western Macedonia, and the prefecture of Kozani in particular, and spoke analytically of projects that are already under way and of others that are being scheduled.

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