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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-13

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

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  • [01] Post Office Savings Bank renamed
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Post Office Savings Bank renamed

    The Post Office Savings Bank (TT) will be renamed Hellenic Postbank-Post Office Savings Bank and with its new identity it will aim at becoming a strong bank and widening its market share, taking advantage of its client base, according to what the Post Office Savings Bank's President Angelos Filippidis said at a press conference on Wednesday.

    Filippidis announced that the Savings Bank will further utilise its strategic cooperation with the Greek Post Office Service (ELTA), which has been extended to 2021, opening at least 200 to 300 branches inside the ELTA during 2008.

    Responding to a question, Filippidis said that the Savings Bank will continue to be "cheap with loans" and give the highest interest rate that it possibly can for deposits, but stressed that it will not adopt the practice of banks that make invoice offers that are only valid for a limited period of time.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The ongoing strikes in protest of the social security reforms bill, the 69 percent reduction in auxiliary pensions contained in the bill and reactions, the increase in the number of higher education entrants (AEI and TEI), and a crucial main opposition PASOK party Congress that opens in the afternoon were the main front-page items in Thursday's newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Institutional changes in justice system - Four bills due to be tabled in parliament in the coming days".

    APOGEVMATINI: "86,736 students gain entry to universities (AEI) technical colleges (TEI) - 4,060 additional student seats in higher education (over last year)".

    AVGHI: "Clash over social security reforms inside and outside parliament - Mass demonstrations".

    AVRIANI: "Athens an endless dump site - Immediate hazard for public health" due to the ongoing strike by local government employees (sanitation workers).

    CHORA: "Heavy and hazardous (labour category incorporation) for 18,000 local government employees - Relevant amendment tabled Wednesday in parliament".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Bill introducing Cohabitation Agreemements causes unrest in Greek society and Church-State relations".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Auxiliary pensions to be reduced up to 69 percent, employees' representatives to the social security funds reveal".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Turkey 'concocting' minority issue in Thrace (in its attempt to christen the internationally-recognised Muslim minority in Thrace as a 'Turkish minority') - Covert moves via associations in all of Europe - Pseudo-mufti of Xanthi called to appear before UN Security Council".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Bait (from the government), but they (striking workers) are not biting - Last-minute attempt by government to break the strike front".

    ESTIA: "Pension a national vision - Greek society has no incentives for creativity".

    ETHNOS: "Auxiliary pensions down by up to 69 percent".

    KATHIMERINI: "Reverse count for strikes and social security - The bill passed (in principle) in its first reading (with the by-article voting pending)".

    LOGOS: "Nightmare on Garbage Lane - Local government employees continue strike".

    NIKI: "Kiss of life, or end of era - The Congress (which opens Thursday afternoon) to determine PASOK's future".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "PAME rallies today on social security and collective labor agreements".

    TA NEA: "Hidden 'knife' of up to 70 percent to auxiliary pensions - Karamanlis' 'mild' changes".

    TO VIMA: "PASOK's quandary - Crucial Congress begins today".

    VRADYNI: "Express solutions for striking sanitation workers - Immediate incorporation into 'heavy and hazardous' work category".


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