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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Tsipras meets UNHCR
  • [02] Inflation falls to 1.1 pct
  • [03] 26.6 km bike lane in Athens

  • [01] Tsipras meets UNHCR

    Coalition of the Left, of Movements and Ecology (SYN) President Alexis Tsipras on Tuesday underlined that the prime minister should exert pressure during the upcoming European Council meeting concerning the large number of refugees in the country, during a meeting with the delegation of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Greece.

    Tsipras said that the government and local authorities should adopt policies that will deal with the housing and hygiene problems faced by the refugees in Athens districts and other regions in the country.

    On behalf of the UNHRC, Giorgos Tsarbopoulos referred to Greece's specific international obligations under the Geneva Convention to guarantee facilities for the reception and hospitality of people requesting asylum. He stressed that it is a mistake to use the term 'illegal immigrant' indiscriminately, pointing out that there are specific countries that produce refugees, such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia. People coming from these countries should be treated as asylum seekers and there should be reception structures to cater to their immediate needs, he stressed.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Synaspismos leader Alexis Tsipras

    [02] Inflation falls to 1.1 pct

    Inflation in Greece fell to 1.1 percent in May, down by 0.4 percentage points from 0.7 percent in the preceding month of April, according to figures released on Tuesday in Brussels by the EU statistics service Eurostat.

    In the eurozone, the average inflation declined from 0.6 percent in April to 0 percent in May, down substantially from 3.7 percent in May 2008, and compared to 0.7 percent in April (against 4.0 percent in April 2008).

    The lowest inflation rates in May were in Ireland (-1.7 percent), Portugal (-1.2 percent) and Spain and Luxembourg (+0.9 percent), while the highest rates were in Romania (+5.9 percent), Lithuania (+4.9 percent) and Latvia (+4.4 percent).

    In relation to April, ifnlation in May declined in 24 EU member states, remained unchanged in Denmark, and increased in Hungary, while no figures were available for Britain.

    [03] 26.6 km bike lane in Athens

    Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias unveiled a plan on Monday concerning the construction of a bike lane stretching over a distance of 26.6 kilometres from the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia to the district of Faliro on the Athens coast, which will go via archaeological sites.

    "It is a political decision of the government to facilitate the use of bicycles in the metropolitan region of Athens as much as possible," Souflias said in a statement.


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