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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-18

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  • [01] FM on FYROM issue
  • [02] SYRIZA on social security
  • [03] FinMin briefs Karamanlis

  • [01] FM on FYROM issue

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Tuesday briefed the Énner Cabinet on the course of negotiations over the thorny FYROM "name issue". Responding to a question after the meeting on whether the name "New Macedonia" is up for consideration, Bakoyannis said negotiations are underway and that Greece has a clear-cut position. "Negotiating efforts will most likely intensify in the remaining 15 days before the NATO Summit in Bucharest," she added, pointing out that Athens' positions are known inside the country, but more importantly, outside the country as well.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis

    [02] SYRIZA on social security

    The redistribution of accumulated wealth and the implementation of a new type of development focusing on fulltime employment is the way toward a meaningful social security system reform, according to Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) parliamentary group leader Alekos Alavanos. Speaking Tuesday at a special meeting between SYRIZA and social partners on a "different solution to the social security issue", Alavanos suggested the establishment of three social security funds, for salary earners, farmers, and the self-employed, following a worker-approved merger of existing funds. The preparation of actuarial analyses, the settlement of pension fund deficits, a maximum common denominator in the merger procedure and the workers' consensus are regarded by SYRIZA as fundamental preconditions before proceeding with the mergers. SYRIZA also backs retirement after 35 years on the job with no age limits, social security for women, farmer social security independent from farm production insurance, a drastic increase in the minimum pensions, and improvement of administrative and operational procedures in social insurance organizations. Criticizing the government's social security reform plan, the SYRIZA parliamentary group leader pointed out that the adoption of flexible and part-time employment overturns the fundamental labor relationship on which the social security system was based until now.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) parliamentary group leader Alekos Alavanos

    [03] FinMin briefs Karamanlis

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met separately on Tuesday with Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis following the conclusion of an Inner Cabinet meeting at the premier's Maximos Mansion office (government's headquarters).

    Alogoskoufis, in answer to a question on the state of the economy amid the turbulence in the global markets, said "there is international concern, especially in United States, but hopefully things are better for the European economy, and we believe that repercussions will be less."

    The FinMin added that what worries Europe is the onslaught of international inflation, "this is something that affects all of us on an everyday basis."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Finance and Economy Minister George Alogoskoufis

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