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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-16

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  • [01] OLP president on agreement with port workers
  • [02] Environment minister meets U.S. under secretary for energy
  • [03] Almunia on PM's statements
  • [04] Deputy Min. Rovlias resigns
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] OLP president on agreement with port workers

    The President of the Piraeus Port Authority SA (OLP) George Anomeritis presented on Tuesday the agreement reached between the OLP and port workers, saying that the cost of a voluntary retirement scheme would reach the amount of 80 million Euros.

    He also announced policies for the development of Greece's ports.

    [02] Environment minister meets U.S. under secretary for energy

    Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili on Tuesday had a meeting with United States Under Secretary for Energy Dr. Kristina Johnson, on the sidelines of the Copenhagen climate change conference. During the meeting, they agreed to promote bilateral cooperation in energy conservation and renewable energy sources.

    Specifically, they agreed to promote cooperation between the Greek Centre for Renewable Energy Sources (CRES) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in the U.S. with emphasis on matters relating to smart grids, smart metering and methods for conserving energy and using renewable energy sources in the domestic and service sectors.

    The two officials agreed to arrange a meeting between delegations from the two countries to discuss these issues in the near future. They also exchanged views on climate change and the negotiations underway in Copenhagen on achieving a global treaty to cut down carbon emissions.

    [03] Almunia on PM's statements

    European Commissioner for monetary affairs Joaquin Almunia on Tuesday welcomed the statements made by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou in Athens the previous night as a step in the right direction. At the same time, he stressed that the European Commission was waiting to examine the Greek stability programme in January, as well as the specific measures to boost fiscal adjustment and ensure the short-term stability of public finances in 2010.

    "We note the Greek government's pledge, which was repeated yesterday by the Prime Minister George Papandreou, to reduce the fiscal deficit and public debt through permanent cutbacks in spending and an increase in revenues. Mr. Papandreou has boosted the intentions of the Greek government for structural reforms in social insurance, in drafting the budget in the taxation system and in collecting statistical data," he said.

    [04] Deputy Min. Rovlias resigns

    The government on Tuesday announced the resignation of Deputy Interior Minister Dinos Rovlias after documents were leaked to a popular TV journalism programme claiming that his political office had agreed to "arrange" favourable transfers for his supporters in the army and police.

    Government spokesman George Petalotis clarified that the minister denied the documents presented in the programme originated from his office but had decided to offer his resignation, which was accepted by the prime minister, in order to avoid casting any aspersions that the present government was involved in clientelism.

    Petalotis also noted that Prime Minister George Papandreou had noted the need for a code of conduct to be drawn up for all such issues, which would be binding for all members of the government from this point on, and had assigned the task of drawing this up to government Vice President Theodoros Pangalos.

    In a statement regarding his decision to resign, Deputy Interior Minister Dinos Rovlias on Tuesday outlined the reasons for his decision and said his resignation had been accepted by Prime Minister George Papandreou.

    "Today I submitted my resignation to the prime minister after media reports claiming that my political office was involved in applications for transfers of police and armed forces officers.

    The prime minister accepted it.

    I accepted political responsibility and submitted by resignation independent of the substance of the charges, in order to avoid causing even the slightest problem for the government, especially during this critical time for the country. I consider that in this way I serve the principles and values of my party," he said.

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The government's measures on the economy and EU Commission's reservations, and the political leaders' meeting chaired by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on corruption and transparency in public life, dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Peace over Piraeus port - Dockworkers and Piraeus Port Authority shake hands".

    APOGEVMATINI: "At last, the political leaders agreed on something, the battle against corruption".

    AVGHI: "Meeting off the point".

    AVRIANI: "Political leaders unanimously agreed on the establishment of three examining committees".

    CHORA: "They agreed to become honest".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Ruling PASOK's guillotine takes the first head - Dinos Rovlias (deputy interior minister) finished".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Main opposition ND leader Antonis Samaras' resounding message to government".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "They forced Mr. Clean to resign - Government ousts Dinos Rovlias".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou's overture to Germany to secure their support".

    ESTIA: "The government's measures are shallow".

    ETHNOS: "Period of agony extended till January - Brussels awaiting specification of the measures".

    IMERISSIA: "Markets skeptical - First impressions on the loan are lukewarm".

    KATHIMERINI: "Consensus against corruption - Papandreou, Samaras agree on 11 essential directions".

    LOGOS: "Consensus of optimism".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Markets skeptical and EU leery".

    NIKI: "Greece in a tunnel".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The battle against corruption will not improve the people's lives".

    TA NEA: "Stop to bonuses, meanwhile the markets are coercing for new measures".

    TO VIMA: "The first small steps towards consensus".

    VRADYNI: "The 'favours'....were Dinos Rovlias' fall - Prime Minister George Papandreou faces the first crisis of reliability ".

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