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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-02

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  • [01] PM: Boosting employment a top priority
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM: Boosting employment a top priority

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis on Thursday announced separation of the health branch and the insurance branch in the Social Security Foundation (IKA), as part of efforts to modernise the state's largest social security fund, in statements after a visit to the employment ministry.

    Karamanlis further said that the recent introduction of personal social security numbers (AMKA) would curb contribution-evasion and wasteful spending in health, and also noted the recent unification and merger of a plethora of smaller social security funds into a handful of larger funds.

    Further, he said that boosting employment was a top priority of his New Democracy government, and noted the reduction posted in unemployment between 2004 (when ND took office) and 2008, adding that available data for the second quarter of 2009 indicated a halt of the upward trend in unemployment.

    The premier added that the global financial crisis had found Greece in a better position than many other countries, attributing this to the serious reforms made by his government in recent years.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance.

    The Siemens kickbacks and bribes case and recent tax measures were the main front-page item in Thursday's dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "PASOK was maintaining 'secret ledgers' - More bombs by Tsoukatos (economic advisor of former PASOK prime minister Simitis)".

    APOGEVMATINI: "The kickbacks/bribes are hidden in black (secret) ledgers - Tsoukatos in the frying pan, PASOK frying".

    AVGHI: "They're doing away with full-time employment - Shock 'reforms' in labor ahead".

    AVRIANI: "Tsoukatos ratted on PASOK, and testified before the examining magistrate that during the Simitis premiership, a secret coffer was in operation in PASOK".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "State of...arbitrariness - Collection measures of disputed legality for 1.5 million transgressions (in building code)".

    ESTIA: "The confession of black (undeclared) money, by Tsoukatos".

    ETHNOS: "Extra tax for basements, partially enclosed balconies".

    KATHIMERINI: "Revenues of 2 billion euros from the partially enclosed balconies (that have been illegally fully enclosed)".

    NIKI: "Deregulation of the labor market, too - Consensus for more worker dismissals sought by the government".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "KKE leader Aleka Papariga's press conference in Ileia: The people must not get caught up in the election-mongering".

    TA NEA: "Extra tax (for illegally closed-in semi-balconies) without legalisation - Unprecedented blackmail for 2 billion euros".

    TO VIMA: "Tsoukatos' deposition causes turbulence - Siemens pandemic".

    VRADYNI: "The final arrangements for basements and semi-enclosed balconies which are being used as spaces other than that declared".

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