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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-17

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  • [01] 'Transparency high in government's priorities'
  • [02] Peach producers' mobilisations

  • [01] 'Transparency high in government's priorities'

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis met on Friday with development minister Costis Hatzidakis for a review of the bill currently being drafted aiming at simplifaction of the procedure for establishing a company from the present 17-18 steps to just 3-4 steps.

    "The goal is to make life easier for new entrepreneurs, and especially for the small and medium size enterprises (SMEs)," Hatzidakis told reporters after the meeting.

    He also announced that the government to further advance transparency in public sector procurements through a more modern, more transparent and more European system that will take advantage of the possibilities offered by the internet.

    "Transparency is high in the government's priorities," the minister stressed, noting that the aim is to make public all the procurements and tenders via the internet.

    [02] Peach producers' mobilisations

    Peach producers in Imathia and Pella prefectures in northern Greece have closed off sections of the ‚Egnatia Odos‚ national motorway since Thursday. The continuation of their mobilizations will depend on the outcome of the meeting their representatives will have in Athens later on Friday with Minister of Agriculture Sotiris Hatzigakis.

    Local peach farmers have lined up their tractors forcing motorists to take lengthy detours as the junctions of Kouloura and Veria are closed to traffic as well as the Makrochori Bridge at the 66th km of the Thessaloniki-Veria motorway and the junction of Melissio at the 53rd km of the New Thessaloniki-Edessa national motorway.

    Their demands include state assistance to absorb the surplus peach production and reaching a settlement as regards compensation for their undisposed peach production. The canning companies maintain that they can absorb only 170,000-200,000 tons of this year‚s 400,000-ton production as a result of the decreased demand in the international market attributed to the economic crisis.

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