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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-30

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Small bomb explosion outside former ND minister's residence
  • [02] FinMin on transparency
  • [03] KKE: 'Dark Ages' in labour

  • [01] Small bomb explosion outside former ND minister's residence

    A home-made time bomb exploded at dawn at the entrance of the apartment building in which main opposition New Democracy (ND) former minister and current European Parliament deputy Marietta Yannakou lives in the Patissia district of Athens.

    A short time earlier, at 4:12 and 4:15 a.m., an anonymous caller telephoned the Athens daily Eleftherotypia and the private Alter television station, respectively, warning that a bomb would explode at Yannakou's residence in 20 minutes.

    Police, who were immediately alerted, cordoned off the area.

    The explosion, which occurred at 4:32 a.m., broke the glass panes of the apartment building's entrance and damaged to a car parked outside.

    The explosive mechanism had been placed in a rucksack at the entrance of the apartment building, and according to bomb disposal experts was of a small magnitude.

    The police counter-terrorism squad is investigating the attack.

    [02] FinMin on transparency

    Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said on Thursday that the issue of transparency constitutes a focal option for the government and the same applies to public finances.

    Papaconstantinou added that given the big difference being ascertained in the deficit announced by the previous government and the real deficit, securing reliability is essential.

    The finance minister added that for this reason the creation of a committee was decided in which representatives from IOBE, KEPE, the Bank of Greece and the Labour Institute will be participating. The committee will deliver before the end of the year the evaluation of the real situation, its assessment and, in parallel, proposals will be made on the improvement of the system in its entirety with the aim of having reliable data, which will be useful in relations with partners as well.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of FinMin George Papaconstantinou

    [03] KKE: 'Dark Ages' in labour

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga on Thursday criticised the government's stance regarding labour law and the people employed in the state sector using the 'Stage' vocational training programmes.

    "Unemployment cannot be answered with the government's fake argument that it wants meritocracy. When the jobs established by the government are far fewer than the thousands of unemployed, it cannot speak of meritocracy. The government must tell the truth. Using the excuse of meritocracy, it wants to help usher in a labour 'Dark Ages' that will become broader and more established. We demand permanent work for all," Papariga stressed.

    In a meeting with former Olympic Airways contract workers, she said the present government was "hiding" behind the decisions of its predecessor, which had excluded 800 people hired by the former national carrier over several years on a contract basis from being eligible for the package of measures applying to the rest of the national carrier's staff when the airline was privatised.

    Papariga was also highly critical of a Community directive on labour regulations that allowed the 'renting' of staff, saying that these "abolished all restrictions, however minor, relating to the forms of employment" and said that it should meet with "militant resistance" on the part of all workers, not just those directly affected.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga


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