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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Athens mayor meets Rio de Janeiro counterpart
  • [02] Alternate FM meets with envoys
  • [03] KKE leader visits shipyards

  • [01] Athens mayor meets Rio de Janeiro counterpart

    Athens mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis met on Wednesday with Rio de Janeiro mayor Eduardo Paes with whom he signed a protocol of friendship and cooperation between the two cities on issues referring to tourism, culture and the environment.

    Moreover, the establishment of two committee was decided, one in each municipality, which will deal with matters referring to the organisation of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

    Greece, organiser of the 2004 Olympic Games, will provide to Brazil its knowhow and experience in the organisation of the Games.

    After the meeting, Paes thanked Kaklamanis for the cooperation and underlined the importance of the protocol.

    Paes has also visited the city of London, which will host the 2012 Olympic Games.

    [02] Alternate FM meets with envoys

    Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas received on Tuesday evening the Ambassador of China to Athens, Luo Linquan. Their meeting focused on the excellent level of bilateral relations between the two countries, while the desire for closer cooperation was also expressed.

    Later, Droutsas met with French Ambassador to Athens Christophe Farnaud, with whom he discussed European and International issues and the prospect of further cooperation between the two countries.

    On Wednesday, Droutsas will meet separately with the Ambassadors of Poland Michal Klinger, Australia Jeremy Roger Newman and Croatia Vesna Cvjetkovic Kurelec.

    [03] KKE leader visits shipyards

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) leader Aleka Papariga on Wednesday visited the Hellenic Shipyards at Skaramangas, where she urged the workers to not to request of the government to pressure the Germans not to decrease activities at the shipyard but, rather, to "demand that the state undertakes Skaramangas as well as the country's entire shipbuilding and repair sector".

    She said that a single, public agency should be created "that will oblige even the shipowners to assign projects to the shipyards, thus limiting their profits".

    Papariga met with the shipyard's workers' union and also visited the Railcar Unit.

    On the impact of the global financial crisis in Greece, Papariga said that three things should be demanded from the government.

    First of all, that those who gained before the crisis should pay the price of the crisis. Second, those who gained during the crisis should pay the price of the crisis. And, third, an end must be put, here and now, to the immense cost of the armaments for offense, rather than defense, purposes.

    She added that the above also pertained directly to the Shipyards, because "the workers who are at the razor's edge must not pay the price of the crisis", stressing that it was "unacceptable" that workers have remained unpaid for six months "because a bogus company was set up in the framework of privatisation" of the shipyard.

    On the new developmental model introduced by the new government, Papariga said that investments were being made "where the profits are big", whereas the KKE's position consisted of a pro-people growth for Greece in which all the investments will not be channeled only to the sectors of tourism, shipping and green development.


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