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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-03

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  • [01] Eurobarometer on economy, social protection, public administration
  • [02] Barroso on Stablity plan
  • [03] Car registrations 15.1% down
  • [04] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Eurobarometer on economy, social protection, public administration

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/M. Aroni) - The European eurobarometer report publicised here on Tuesday and titled "The social climate in the EU" shows the Greeks as being the most displeased Europeans regarding social protection in their country, the economic situation, the cost of life and the functioning of public administration.

    On a scale of -10 to +10, the Greeks declare in general to be most dissatisfied with their lives, together with the Bulgarians and the Hungarians. They declare themselves dissatisfied with their personal state (-0.6) as against (+3.2) of the European average.

    On the state of the economy in general, Greece shows one of the highest levels of dissatisfaction (-6.2), behind Latvia (-8.3), Hungary (-7.3) and Ireland (-6.5).

    As regards health care, the greatest extent of dissatisfaction is noted in Greece, Bulgaria and Romania (-3).

    Lastly, Greeks, Hungarians and Latvians are the most displeased regarding the way with which poverty and inequalities are being handled in their countries. The relevant rate in Greece is (-4.7) as against (-2) in the 27-nation EU.

    [02] Barroso on Stablity plan

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso expresses his conviction that Greece will achieve a correction of its budget deficit within the timetable set and, in a written statement issued here on Tuesday evening, declared that on Wednesday the European Commission will propose to the European Union's Council of finance ministers the approval of Greece's stability programme.

    Barroso mentions that with its assessment the Commission believes that the correction of the deficit that Greece pursues by 2012, with an adequate effort for advancement for 2010, is an optimistic and attainable plan.

    The Commission's president also hails Greece's commitment to take timely corrective measures in the event that the dangers that exist on the implementation of the stability programme are confirmed and stresses that the Commission will have as a responsibility to scrutinise the programme's implementation through a close supervision of monetary developments in Greece.

    According to Barroso, the successful correction of the high monetary deficit is not only important for Greece but for the eurozone as well and for the EU as a whole.

    Barroso also mentions that Greece's high monetary deficit for 2009 "constitutes a surprise for all of us" and points out that such deficits emanate from a combination of monetary slipping and the inaccurate notification of statistical data and must be corrected with determination, while also noting that Greece's public debt is also particularly high.

    [03] Car registrations 15.1% down

    The Greek car market continued shrinking in January, with registrations of new vehicles falling 15.1 pct in the month, compared with the same period last year, the Federation of Car Importers and Dealers announced on Tuesday.

    New registrations totaled 26,585 cars, down from an average of 31,310 in the same month in the four-year period 2004-2007 before the crisis. The federation expects car registrations to fall by more than 40 pct in February and March.

    [04] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The harsh measures announced Tuesday by Prime Minister George Papandreou aiming at the economy's quicker recovery, main opposition New Democracy's conditional support and the opposition parties' reactions, monopolised the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Papandreou's televised address to the nation: Harsh measures".

    APOGEVMATINI: "5,104 job opportunities in public sector and 186 positions in private sector".

    AVGHI: "Papandreou's address was a shock for the people, and even for his party cadres".

    AVRIANI: "Storm of harsh measures to avoid bankruptcy".

    CHORA: "Ministers 'duel' over the empty coffers".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Germany made U-turn (in stance) on Greece".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Sacrifices without hope".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Triple shock from George (Papandreou)".

    ESTIA: "Measures on fiscal deficit are mandatory".

    ETHNOS: "Shocking measures with Brussels' mark".

    IMERISSIA: "Dramatic rescue measures - Salaries' freeze - Pension at 67 for all".

    KATHIMERINI: "Harsh measures, message to markets".

    LOGOS: "Prime Minister announced shocking measures".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Prime Minister chose harsh adaptation measures".

    NIKI: "In the guillotine in order to avoid bankruptcy".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "No support or consensus to government's, EU's, capital's harsh antisocial measures".

    TA NEA: "Salvation package with painful measures".

    TO VIMA: "Severe measures and pension at 67".

    VRADYNI: "All the burdens on the employees - Prime Minister announced who will pay the cost".

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