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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-16

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  • [01] Draft bill to deregulate service industry
  • [02] Tsipras meeting with NGO

  • [01] Draft bill to deregulate service industry

    The government will soon be tabling a draft bill that will bring national legislation into line with European Union directives for deregulating the service industry, Economy and Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou announced on Thursday after a meeting of an inter-ministerial committee for the economy chaired by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    "This will be the first step and there will follow, after study and dialogue, changes to closed markets and closed professions, which are not included in the directive," Papathanassiou said.

    He stressed that the measures were a very important reform, which when fully applied would serve to reduce consumer prices and increase the competitiveness of the Greek economy, contributing to economic growth and higher employment.

    "This is particularly important for the young," he stressed, adding that it would be an important step that would also increase the extroversion of the Greek economy.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis (L) and Economy and Finance Minister Yiannis Papathanassiou (R).

    [02] Tsipras meeting with NGO

    Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology leader Alexis Tsipras met on Thursday with the "Network for Chldren's Rights" non-governmental organisation president and main opposition PASOK former Eurodeputy Myrsini Zorba, after which he said that SYRIZA fully endorses the proposals set out in an open letter sent by the NGO to the political parties and to the President of the Republic and also called on the Greek state to also adopt its contents.

    "We consider it of great importance to have initiatives and actions by social organisations that attempt to give a different, sensible orientation to facing the major social issue of migration and the refugees, particularly with respect to the rights of child refugees who come from faraway countries and have the right to life," Tsipras said.

    The SYN leader said that a "lasting social and political alliance needs to be created with the wider progressive forces", a "front of logic and social sensitivity against the conservative political word that is prevalent today in the mass media".

    Regarding PASOK, which he said has "recently adopted slogans such as 'zero tolerance to illegal migration', which were the prevailing slogans of the Right and ultra-Right'," Tsipras called on the main opposition party to "consider its big responsibility for this transposition of the center of balance of political life towards the Right". He added his belief that there will be an "immediate response" by PASOK members and cadres, "if not from its leadership".

    Tsipras further said that SYN will have open contact with the Network and with other NGOs aimed at putting foward solutions and proposals and at raising social awareness.

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