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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline
  • [02] Fires on Skopelos and Evia
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline

    Development Minister Costis Hatzidakis expressed on Tuesday night his conviction that Bulgaria will not change its position and will continue its cooperation with Greece smoothly regarding the construction of the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline.

    The Greek government was closely following the issue after elections in the neighbouring country, Hatzidakis said while briefing the Parliament's relative committee.

    "We consider that the agreement which was signed and the committment undertaken by all sides, that is Greece, Bulgaria and Russia, are valid," the minister noted.

    Caption: ANA-MPA/EPA file photo

    [02] Fires on Skopelos and Evia

    Two major fires were raging on Wednesday morning on the island of Skopelos and in Evia, with large fighting forces battling the blazes.

    A third fire that broke out before dawn in Corinth was partially contained a few hours later.

    The fire at Panormos, on the Sporades island of Skopelos, which broke out on Tuesday evening, is burning in a pine tree forest in an inaccessible area, battled by 40 firefighters with 14 fire engines and a 40-member team on foot, aided by three airplanes and a helicopter.

    The second fire, at Marmari in Evia, broke out at 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday in an expanse of dry shrubs, and was being battled by 40 firefighters with 18 engines and a 16-member team on foot, aided by two airplanes and two helicopters, but strong winds in the area were encumbering firefighters' efforts.

    According to firefighters, the flames reached up to the yards of homes, but did not cause damage to any of the houses.

    A third fire broke out at 3:30 in the morning in Zevgolatio, Corinth, and was partially contained by 8:40 a.m., without, however, approaching populated areas. A strong firefighting force was on the spot.

    According to the Fire Brigade's Operations Center, a total of 58 fires broke out throughout Greece in a 24-hour period from 6:00 a.m. Tuesday to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday. The Center further said that the fire-fighting mechanism remained on full alert Wednesday due to high winds in many parts of the country.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The new flu A/H1N1 pandemic in Greece and a Bank of Greece report indicating an increase of the fiscal deficit, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Generous subsidies for houses built before 1980 - 100,000 household will benefit".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Development Ministry's new plan focuses on the upgrading of buildings built before 1980".

    AVGHI: "Personal Data Protection Authority rejects government's plan to place 24h surveillance cameras in Athens".

    AVRIANI: "Panic among 'national' contractors caused by MIG and its Vice President Andreas Vgenopoulos' decision to get involved with energy, water supply companies and enviromental programmes - Major reversal in public works".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Scientists confused over the pandemic".

    ELEFTHEROS: "The new upheavals in social security - Major changes in pensions".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Personal Data Protection Authority rejects law on surveillance cameras".

    ESTIA: "The speculation on (early) general elections is ridiculous".

    ETHNOS: "Education Ministry will decide, based on the development of the flu's spread, whether the commencement of the new school year will be postponed or not

    KATHIMERINI: "The fiscal deficit increases dramatically - According to BoG, it reached 17.9 billion euros in Q1".

    LOGOS: "Emergency after the 2 new flu cases - Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos briefs Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis".

    NIKI: "The virus spreads and the government is still making plans".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Workers' rally on Thursday against government's intention to change the criteria on 'the heavy and hazardous' professions."

    TA NEA: "'Half' motives for 'green' houses".

    TO VIMA: "Vote .....subsidy! Government offers benefits to citizens while the state economy is collapsing".

    VRADYNI: "4 billion euros to municipalities and local authorities to proceed with programme THESEUS 2".


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