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

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou tours hospital in Athens
  • [02] Greek inflation at 1.0% in Aug., Eurostat
  • [03] ELFE buys Phosphoric Fertilisers Industry
  • [04] SYRIZA candidate tickets
  • [05] New OA by end of Sept.

  • [01] Papandreou tours hospital in Athens

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou on Wednesday underlined his determination to "put an end to the trivialisation of the National Health System" and to "stop its collapse," in statements following his visit to east Athens' Laiko Hospital.

    Papandreou pointed out that, if elected prime minister, he intends to proceed with "radical changes" and stressed that "a new National Public Health System" that will emerge as a result will "guarantee quality services for all".

    Earlier, the PASOK leader met with hospital management and staff representatives.

    [02] Greek inflation at 1.0% in Aug., Eurostat

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- Greek annual inflation grew to 1.0 pct in August, up from 0.7 pct in July, Eurostat said on Wednesday.

    The EU executive‚s statistics agency, in its monthly report, said the inflation rate in the Eurozone rose to -0.2 pct in August, from -0.7 pct in July, compared with a 3.8 pct reading in August 2008, while in the EU-27, the inflation rate was 0.6 pct in August, form 0.2 pct in July and 4.3 pct in August 2008.

    Ireland (-2.4 pct), Portugal (-1.2 pct) and Cyprus (-0.9 pct) recorded the lowest inflation rates, while Hungary (5.0 pct), Romania (4.9 pct) and Poland (4.3 pct) the highest rates. The inflation rate was down in eight member-states, it was unchanged in two and rose in 17 member states.

    [03] ELFE buys Phosphoric Fertilisers Industry

    (ANA-MPA) -- ELFE SA, a company owned by local businessman Lavrentis Lavrentiadis, on Wednesday announced the acquisition of Phosphoric Fertilisers Industry SA after the purchase of minority stakes from National Bank and Emporiki Bank.

    [04] SYRIZA candidate tickets

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) parliamentary alliance on Wednesday unveiled its candidate tickets for the Oct. 4 general elections.

    In presenting the tickets, Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) leader Alexis Tsipras, who party leads the leftist political bloc, referred to "ballots of struggle and battle", expressing a hope that SYRIZA will emerge from the election with a greater representation in Parliament.

    [05] New OA by end of Sept.

    (ANA-MPA) -- A privatisation process for Olympic Airways is progressing smoothly and a new Olympic is expected to begin operations by the end of September, an announcement by the transport and communications ministry stated on Wednesday.

    The ministry also announced that because of the forthcoming election in the country, all tenders regarding airline and airport services have been annulled.

    These tenders involved selection of carriers to service 24 so-called "remote" or unprofitable routes, flight rights based on bilateral agreements signed between Greece and other countries and ground handling services for the country‚s 34 provincial airports. All tenders will be launched again after a new government is sworn in.


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