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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-21

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

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  • [01] Papandreou slams government welfare policy
  • [02] IMF briefed on Greek tourism

  • [01] Papandreou slams government welfare policy

    Visiting the Foundation of Social Insurance (IKA) offices and surgeries in the Athens district of Agioi Anargyroi on Thursday, main opposition PASOK's leader George Papandreou slammed the government's policies for welfare as completely unacceptable.

    "Through their policy they have under-funded the social insurance funds, they have given 'gifts', through contributions, to large businesses and banks," he said.

    He also referred to widespread corruption and mismanagement in the health sector and the social insurance funds, which resulted in the basic rights of those insured being trampled on, such as in a recent freeze on pensions.

    Papandreou went on to criticise the "barbaric inconvenience" to which the insured, pensioners and the aged were subjected to through the slipshod organisation of newly introduced social insurance registration numbers, in addition to rampant bureaucracy and other burdens upon them.

    PASOK's leader pledged to protect the rights of all citizens to a decent pension, a viable social insurance system and to live with dignity.

    Caption: PASOK president George Papandreou during his visit to the Agioi Anargyri IKA on Thursday - ANA-MPA - Symela Pantzartzi

    [02] IMF briefed on Greek tourism

    Representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held talks on Thursday with a delegation of the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE), as part of the annual evaluation of the Greek economy.

    According to an announcement, the IMF delegation, acknowledging the importance of tourism for the Greek economy, will include an assessment of the performace of Greek tourism as well in its scheduled visits.

    The IMF representatives were briefed on the current state and the prospects of the Greek tourist economy. The briefing included the development of the main macroeconomic indexes of Greek tourism, with parallel reference to the factors affecting their development.

    Reference was also made to to the contribution of tourism to the GDP, employment and the balance of payments, as well as to regional development. Emphasis was also placed on the effectiveness of measures supporting tourism and on the possible need to take additional new measures.


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