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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-05-22

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  • [01] Samaras on forest fire prevention
  • [02] Loverdos on labour issues
  • [03] KKE leader in Karditsa
  • [04] Stocks end moderately up

  • [01] Samaras on forest fire prevention

    Main opposition New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras visited the Operations Centre of Volunteer Groups of the Hymettus Protection and Development Federation on Saturday and criticised the government of being absent from preventive fire-protection measures.

    "Mount Hymettus remains alive thanks to the self-sacrifice of the Firefighters, the Volunteers and Local Adminisatration that protect it all the year round," Samaras said, adding that "the government is absent. Green development cannot and must not be fireworks, but a daily way of life. The fire protection period has already started three weeks ago."

    Samaras went on to say tha no forest road has been maintained, rubbish has not been cleared away and no fire protection project has been approved, while subsidisation for civil protection on Mount Hymettus has been decreased to 50 percent.

    The ND leader concluded by calling on the government to assume its responsibilities, since it is permitting Mount Hymettus to remain unfortified, while the crucial period has already begun.

    [02] Loverdos on labour issues

    Labour and Social Insurance Minister Andreas Loverdos on Friday invited trade unions and employer groups to join talks on labour market issues on May 31.

    Invited to attend was the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE), Greece's largest umbrella trade union organisation representing employees in the private sector, the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the artisans, workshop and small business owners' association GSEBEE and the National Confederation of Greek Commerce (ESEE).

    On the agenda of the talks is the procedure for resorting to the Mediation and Arbitration Organisation, increasing the monthly dismissals limit in mass layoffs, the amount of redundancy settlements and ways of paying them, as well as measures to discourage the dismissal of older employees nearing retirement.

    Also to be discussed are establishing different terms of employment and minimum wage for young people under 25 that enter the job market for the first time and the terms for employing and insuring people hired with trainee contracts, which cannot be greater than one year, and setting a maximum duration for temporary contracts.

    [03] KKE leader in Karditsa

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Secretary General Aleka Papariga on Saturday attended an event on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the death of Harilaos Florakis.

    The event took place in the former KKE secretary general's home town of Paleozoglopi in the prefecture of Karditsa in central Greece.

    Papariga said in a statement, among other things, that Florakis "lived an entire life that he dedicated, not with words but in practice, to the struggle for the rights of the people, for the improvement of their lives."

    Lastly, referring to KKE, she said that "it has a 92-year history that gives it the possibility of having both political maturity and reaching conclusions from its course and improving."

    [04] Stocks end moderately up

    Stocks ended the last trading session of a highly volatile week with small gains at the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday.

    The composite index of the market rose 0.81 pct to end at 1,595.10 points, for a net loss of 3.81 pct in the week. Turnover was a low 113.4 million euros.

    The FTSE 20 index rose 1.02 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 0.59 pct higher and the FTSE 80 index fell 0.44 pct. The Food (2.18 pct) and Banks (1.85 pct) sectors scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Insurance (4.53 pct) and Technology (1.88 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 83 to 76 with another 69 issues unchanged. Elgeka (20 pct), Edrasi (14.29 pct) and Compucon (12.5 pct) were top gainers, while Epsilon Net (10 pct), Technical Publications (9.76 pct) and Nakas (8.82 pct) were top losers.

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