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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM chairs top gov't meeting on economy
  • [02] ND will back necessary measures by gov't
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM chairs top gov't meeting on economy

    The condition in the economy and the country's finances, which generated international headlines and attention over the recent period, dominated a meeting on Sunday, chaired by Prime Minister George Papandreou, with top ministers, government officials and Parliament MPs participating.

    The meeting comes in the wake of Papandreou's high-profile attendance at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he referred, in detail, to Greece's measures to exit its deficit crisis.

    Implementation of the Greece's updated Stability and Growth Programme as well as related legislated initiatives was discussed.

    [02] ND will back necessary measures by gov't

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras announced that his party will back measures and initiatives of the PASOK government that are necessary to tackle the economic crisis "because the times are critical and this is demanded for the country's interests", in a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday.

    In an interview with "Kathimerini" newspaper, Samaras stressed, however, that "consensus is a two-way street".

    "We proposed measures. We backed every necessary initiative," Samaras said, adding that ND "does not speculate politically on the fronts of social unrest, as PASOK had done when it was the main opposition party."

    Samaras further stressed that ND "does not cultivate panic", and accused the present government of "mistakes in the management of the economy".

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The two extraordinary meetings at the Maximos Mansion (government headquarters) on the economy upon Prime Minister George Papandreou's return from the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the acceleration of measures in the Stability and Growth plan, and the parliamentary fact-finding commissions on the Siemens Hellas slush funds and the Vatopedi monastery land exchanges scandal, and the farmers' ongoing mobilisations, dominated the headlines on Monday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Thousands of contract employees (under STAGE and other subsidy programmes) dismissed from public sector".

    APOGEVMATINI: "EU demands new measures - Greece faces crucial test on Wednesday in Brussels".

    AVRIANI: "Siemens Hellas former CEO Michalis Christoforakos' bombs ready to explode".

    CHORA: "Half of the MPs are in Christoforakos' telephone book".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Former PASOK Prime Minister Costas Simitis and former New Democracy premier Costas Karamanlis to appear before the parliamentary fact-finding commission on the Siemens slush funds".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "At last, take measures! Brussels', markets' and banks' ultimatum to Papandreou and the country to govern NOW".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "SOS meeting - Acceleration of measures".

    ESTIA: "Baptismal font for political purgation".

    ETHNOS: "George's (Papandreou) decisions for harsh measures - The final changes in taxes and salaries to be announced in the next two weeks".

    IMERISSIA: "Order for additional measures - Government prepares 'plan B'."

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "EU demands new commitments on attainment of the targets - Emergency measures if the Stability Plan is not implemented".

    TA NEA: "Doctors, lawyers, civil engineers in Tax Bureau financial crime squad's black list".

    VRADYNI: "The Scandals are just a smokescreen - 'Operation Disorientation' by government in order to pass the harsh measures".


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