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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-06-18

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  • [01] Memorandum signed for implementation of Turkey-Greece-Italy natural gas pipeline
  • [02] GSEE, ADEDY call 24-hour nationwide strike on June 29
  • [03] 19th Nafplion international classical music festival kicks off on Friday
  • [04] Unemployment at 11.7%
  • [05] KKE: 'Savage class attack'

  • [01] Memorandum signed for implementation of Turkey-Greece-Italy natural gas pipeline

    Ana-MpaAn important step regarding the implementation of the Turkey-Greece-Italy natural gas pipeline was taken on Thursday with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding by the three countries' natural gas companies participating in the project, as well as the joint statement by the three ministries reconfirming the governments' decision for the pipeline's implementation.

    In parallel, the possibility remains open of the participation of the Turkish natural gas company in the Greek-Italian undersea pipeline, as well as the participation of the Greek and the Italian company in the investments for upgrading the Turkish network.

    [02] GSEE, ADEDY call 24-hour nationwide strike on June 29

    The General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) and the Civil Servants Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) have decided to call a 24-hour nationwide strike on June 29.

    The two biggest trade unions are reacting to measures promoted by the government on the social security system and labour issues.

    [03] 19th Nafplion international classical music festival kicks off on Friday

    The 19th Nafplion International Classical Music Festival, which is dedicated this year to the music and artists of Switzerland and Poland, kicks off on Friday evening with a concert in central Aghiou Georgiou Square.

    The Festival events, under the artistic direction of noted pianist Yiannis Vakarelis, will run through June 27, with daily performances in Aghiou Georgiou Square, in Palamidi (Venetian Fortress) and in the Vouleftikon (the first Hellenic Parliament).

    In its 19th consecutive year, having been awarded as the best festival of its kind by the association of Music Critics of Greece, the Nafplion Festival features a panorama of outstanding musical performances by internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles, including the Sinfonietta de Lausanne, the Quatuor du Sinfonetta de Lausanne, Krzysztof Jablonski, the Apollon Musagete Quartet and many others.

    Equally outstanding are the parallel events being organised by the Nafplion Municipality's cultural department, including an exhibition of photographs by renowned Swiss photographer Fred Boissonas, titled "Pictures of Greece", which will run through October 31, and exhibitions at the Vouleftikon in the framework of 2010 the Year of Chopin, from June 19 to 27, titled "Chopin in Paris, the composer's workshop" and "2010 Chopin Year-Fryderyk Chopin 18-10-1849".

    The latter exhibition presents people and places connected to the life and the work of the composer, as well as archive material of the National Institute F. Chopin in Warsaw. The exhibition is co-organised by the Embassy of Poland in Athens, with the collaboration of the National Institute F. Chopin in Warsaw.

    [04] Unemployment at 11.7%

    ┴═┴-╠PAUnemployment rose to 11.7 pct in the first quarter of 2010, up from 9.3 pct in the corresponding period last year and 8.3 pct in the first quarter of 2008, the Hellenic Statistical Authority announced on Thursday.

    The statistics service, in a report, said the number of unemployed people totaled 586,767 in the January-March period, while the number employed people totaled 4,425.625.

    Unemployment among women (15.5 pct) remained significantly higher compared with men (9.0 pct), while the 15-29 age group recorded the highest unemployment rate (22.3 pct0, followed by the 30-44 age group (10.9 pct).

    The same age groups for women showed unemployment rates of 27.4 pct and 15.1 pct, respectively.

    [05] KKE: 'Savage class attack'

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga on Thursday challenged Prime Minister George Papandreou to tell "hundreds of thousands of working-class families what they should do when, in a short while, they will be unable to pay their electricity and phone bills, road tolls and taxes, they will not be able to buy even basic foods for their families".

    She said that the Greek people should not recognise nor respect either the debts or the memorandum with the EU-IMF, adding that the high public debt was not created by the people but by high profits, massive state subsidies, privileges and huge tax exemptions for business.

    The people must "declare war on the war that the PASOK government, plutocracy and the EU-IMF are continuing and escalating," KKE's leader stressed.

    Concerning a presidential decree on labour issues, she underlined that this was a piece of evidence proving that the government and its allies were "literally ruthless".

    "They are the grave-diggers of any entitlements left to the working class," Papariga stressed, adding that the measures imposed a "Dachau conditions for life".

    "From 15 years old until deep old age, young people will be condemned to live and work for one purpose only: to preserve the capitalist Minotaur," Papariga said.

    She stressed that the labour and social insurance measures now being passed by the government would condemn people to work for a mininal wages, pension and health care, while lifting all regulation of lay-offs, drastically cutting redundancy compensation and essentially legalising uninsured labour for young people employed on starvation wages.

    Calling on workers to "appreciate the depth and savageness of the class attack they were under," Papariga urged the working class, young people, women, pensioners, self-employed and poor farmers to join in forming a uniform and determined front against the measures.

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