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

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ÍD on visa waiver, PM's trips
  • [02] SEB: Reduction of 14th salary in private sector 'not an issue'
  • [03] Cacoyannis Foundation opens

  • [01] ÍD on visa waiver, PM's trips

    On the abolition of the visa requirement for Greeks wishing to travel to the US announced by Washington on Tuesday, main opposition New Democracy(ND) spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos said that ND considers this a positive development, and cited an announcement issued earlier in the day by ND former foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis's office outlining all the actions taken under the preceding government of Costas Karamanlis up until June 2009 when the relevant agreements for the process of Greece entering the US Visa Waiver Program were signed.

    Panagiotopoulos further said that ND requests of the prime minister, upon his return to Athens, to immediately brief the political party leaders and parliament on the content of his talks in Germany, France and the US and the outcome.

    He noted that, it arises from the government's announcements, that there is strong mobility in Greek-Turkish relations, with an exchange of letters between the Greek and Turkish prime ministers while, "according to Mr. Papandreou, a visit by Mr. Erdogan (Turkish prime minister) to Athens is pending in the early summer", while any developments on the FYROM name issue should be expected at around the NATO summit in the Fall of 2010.

    [02] SEB: Reduction of 14th salary in private sector 'not an issue'

    ANA-MPA/Federation of Greek Industries (SEB) president Dimitris Daskalopoulos on Wednesday stated that there is no issue of a cutback in the '14th salary' in the private sector", adding that there is an established framework of labor relations in Greece.

    He said that the moblisations, upheaval and violence are instigated by those who for their own interest want to maintain the chronic problems that made Greece a beggar in the international markets.

    [03] Cacoyannis Foundation opens

    President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias and Cyprus President Demetris Christofias inaugurated on Tuesday evening the ''Michael Cacoyannis Foundation", housed in an Athens central building.

    The inauguration event took place in the presence of Cypriot born Michael Cacoyannis, director of world acclaimed films such as Stella, Electra, Zorba the Greek and The Trojan Women.


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