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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-06

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM to chair Cabinet meeting
  • [02] Parliament passes regulation enabling FinMin to sign European Support Mechanism accords without prior approval by the House
  • [03] German trekker lost on Mt. Olympos found, well in health
  • [04] Athens journalists, including ANA-MPA, to take part in general strike on Thursday
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM to chair Cabinet meeting

    Prime minister George Papandreou will chair a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday afternoon, which will discuss the selection of the new leadership of the country's highest courts, a draft law on the creation of a Green Fund, the planned lifting of cabotage restrictions, and matters concerning services to the citizens.

    Ombudsman George Kaminis will attend the meeting, in connection with the matters concerning the facilitation of citizens in their dealings with the state.

    [02] Parliament passes regulation enabling FinMin to sign European Support Mechanism accords without prior approval by the House

    Athens (ANA-MPA) -- The parliament plenary late Monday passed a bill on payments in the domestic market, which contains a provision allowing the finance minister of the country to sign accords in the context of the European Support Mechanism for the Greek economy without requiring prior approval of the individual agreements by parliament, with the exception of borrowing from other countries.

    Article 39 of the bill, which contains the above provision was passed with the votes of the ruling PASOK party MPs, while the remaining Articles were passed with the votes of main opposition New Democracy (ND) and Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) deputies.

    Article 39 enables the finance minister of the country to "sign every memorandum of cooperation, agreement or loan contract with the European Commission, the eurozone member countries and the European Central Bank (ECB)". It also authorises the finance minister "to take every necessary action for the Greek state's participation in legal entities that are set up for implementation of the European Support Mechanism".

    [03] German trekker lost on Mt. Olympos found, well in health

    A German tourist who lost his way on Mt. Olympos on Monday was found safe and well by rescuers in the first hours of Tuesday.

    The tourist, who got lost during a trek on Monday, provided information on his approximate vicinity via a GPS tracking device he had with him, and an EMAK team immediately mounted a search and rescue operation.

    The man, who was located at shortly after 3:00 a.m., had no injuries and was well in health, rescuers said.

    [04] Athens journalists, including ANA-MPA, to take part in general strike on Thursday

    Athens journalists will take part in the 24-hour nationwide labor strike that has been called for Thursday, according to a decision of the Athens Journalists' Union (ESIEA) board.

    The ANA-MPA staff will be participating in the strike, and as such no news will be disseminated from 6:00 a.m. Thursday to 6:00 a.m. Friday, after which the news flow will resume normally.

    The country's two largest labor federations, the General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) and the Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) have called a nationwide labor strike for Thursday, the day parliament is due to complete debate and vote on the government's new social security reforms bill.

    The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) affiliated PAME labor movement has also called a strike the same day.

    The Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) and the Federation of local government employees (POE-OTA) on Monday said they will be participating in Thursday's general strike.

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The results of the nationwide university entrance exams, the country's fiscal finances and the social security reforms were the main front-page items in Athens dailies on Tuesday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Drop in the university base entrance grades - The entrance exam results to be posted in high schools today".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Base entrance grades - Drop of 50 to 400 grade points in all fields".

    AVGHI: "Social security/labor bill on rocky ground".

    AVRIANI: "The hell of the debts spreads death".

    CHORA: "Don't wag your finger (at the working people), because they'll deprecate us - Reppas (infrastructure, transport and networks minister) attack on Papaconstantinou (finance minister)".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Dive in base entry grades".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "More than 10,000 more students will enter universities this year following the abolition of the base passing grade of '10' (with 20 as the top grade)".

    ESTIA: "Ministers react against the taking of measures, invoking PASOK's principles".

    ETHNOS: "The standard lowers in tertiary education entry - Nationwide exams 2010: drop in base grades in all fields".

    IMERISSIA: "Double 'no' to new measures - 'We're going will,' says Papaconstantinou".

    KATHIMERINI: "Across the board decline in base entry grades".

    LOGOS: "New 'front' inside the government - Reppas opposes privatisation of Athens' urban buses".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "The budget meeting the target for first-half 2010".

    NIKI: "Interview with economy minister Louka Katseli".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Workers, be vigilant - The people are the target of the anti-KKE propaganda - Coordinated goebbelian attack by PASOK".

    TA NEA: "Nationwide exams: The base entry grade for the most wanted Schools falls from high to low, in some cases even '5'."

    TO VIMA: "The two strangers...Reppas-Papaconstantinou -- Open clash over the DEKO (public utilities and organisations)".

    VRADYNI: "Artificial (political) polarisation in view of the vote (on the social security bill)".


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