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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-19

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  • [01] MP Mitsotakis comments on arson attack on his political office
  • [02] OA's ground services to MIG
  • [03] FM at Francophony event

  • [01] MP Mitsotakis comments on arson attack on his political office

    Ruling New Democracy (ND) MP for the Athens B' electoral district Kyriakos Mitsotakis' 5th-floor office in downtown Athens was targeted by arsonists late Wednesday night morning, when a home-made explosive device exploded, causing minor material damage to the office's door.

    Commenting on the incident later, Mitsotakis said that recently there has been a worrisome exacerbation in violence by organized, illegal groups, adding that last week, the victims were shopowners in Athens.

    "I fervently defended their right to live freely and work in a safe environment," Mitsotakis said, adding that the result was Wednesday's "criminal action with the explosiion of a home-made explosive mechanism at the entrance to my political office".

    Now is the time for actions, not words, he said, adding that the citizens "demand more".

    "They demand security and, above all, that law and order be imposed," Mitsotakis said, adding that he will continue to defend the imposition of law and order "at any cost".

    [02] OA's ground services to MIG

    The ground service package of Olympic Airways (OA) passes formally into the hands of the Marfin Investment Group (MIG), apart from the flight and technical services, following the green light given by the Interministerial Privatisation Committee on Wednesday afternoon, which accepted the relevant proposal made by the government's monetary and legal advisers.

    The development concludes the issue of the privatisation of all three pylons of Olympic Airways, whose privatisation will produce benefits amounting to 177.2 million euros for the state, while it is expected to have additional benefits later resulting from additional asset elements.

    Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis said that the Greek taxpayers will stop paying about 350 million euros a year for OA and the state will be receiving 150 million in contributions to the Social Security Foundation (IKA), Spata airport stamp tax and salaried services taxes.

    The price for the land service amounted to 44.8 million euros, while another 5 million euros must be added to this figure, that is the buyoff of the share capital of the new land service company.

    According to Hatzidakis, the agreements between the Hellenic state and MIG will be signed next week and then the contracts will be forwarded to Parliament for ratification.

    [03] FM at Francophony event

    Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis addressed an event held at the French embassy for Francophony Day, which is celebrated on March 20 in 82 countries, that communicate in French, and in which Greece has been included with a dominant voice since 2004.

    The foreign minister referred to the founding of the institution of Francophony in Nigeria in 1970, stressing that this international organisation is based on the fact that the country-members wish to use the bonds that are created by the common language and global values in the service of peace, cooperation, solidarity and sustainable development.

    She added that a characteristic of this organisation is that the French language, "although setting out from the same starting point, respects and promotes cultural differences."

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

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