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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM criticises ND attack of pension reforms
  • [02] ND backs Kaklamanis for Athens
  • [03] New 3-year collective labour agreement signed; Eurozone-pegged raises in 2011, 2012
  • [04] Public sector pension reforms
  • [05] Stocks jump 2.22% on Thur.

  • [01] PM criticises ND attack of pension reforms

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, speaking from the annual "Symi symposium" he chairs, sharply criticised same-day statements by main opposition New Democracy party leader Antonis Samaras against the recently passed pension reforms, noting that "in reality, it (Samaras criticism) is about the bankruptcy of ideas and practices that ND followed over the past six and a half years."

    Papandreou, speaking from the isle of Poros, further said that "this party (ND) should, due to its major responsibilities, and the Greek people would expect this, help to overcome the crisis. On the contrary, it is continuing the effort to conceal its great responsibilities and defend its policies."

    The prime minister also said that "the country is experiencing a historic turning point that we are trying to turn into an opportunity and we would expect from this opposition to help more, instead of playing petty party games."

    [02] ND backs Kaklamanis for Athens

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Thursday toured the City of Athens' social solidarity centre in the Greek capital's downtown, where he was accompanied by Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis.

    The appearance by Samaras at the centre, which hosts the municipality's foundation for the homeless and oversees the city's free pharmacy and subsidised pantry, sealed New Democracy's support for Kaklamanis' re-election bid.

    Kaklamanis served as a health minister in the previous Karamanlis government before winning the mayor's seat in Greece's largest and most populous municipality.

    "I would like to say, once again, that I ascertained your readiness, maturity, seriousness and your reliability, qualities with which you will again seek the citizens' trust, the trust of the citizen of Athens," Samaras said.

    [03] New 3-year collective labour agreement signed; Eurozone-pegged raises in 2011, 2012

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    [04] Public sector pension reforms

    (ANA-MPA) -- A draft bill for reforming the public-sector pension system was passed by a majority of Parliament MPs on Thursday.

    Articles 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7 of the bill were voted on in a roll-call vote requested by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), while article 10 was voted on in a roll-call vote requested by the Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) party.

    The amendment tabled on Thursday concerning armed forces staff was also voted on in a roll-call vote demanded by KKE and LA.OS.

    Of the 285 MPs present during the vote, 156 voted in favour (PASOK) and 128 opposition MPs voted against and one voted 'present'. Three independent MPs, including Kostas Kiltidis and Dora Bakoyannis, were absent.

    [05] Stocks jump 2.22% on Thur.

    An offer by Piraeus Bank to acquire 77 pct in ATEbank and 33 pct in Hellenic Postbank for 701 million euros, boosted sentiment in the Athens Stock Exchange on Thursday and pushed the composite index of the market above the 1,600 level. The index jumped 2.22 pct to end at 1,608.76 points, with turnover an improved 163.508 million euros.

    The Big Cap index rose 3.58 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 0.69 pct higher and the Small Cap index rose 2.15 pct. Banks (6.53 pct) and Constructions (2.65 pct) scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Media (2.51 pct) and Food (0.72 pct) suffered losses.

    Broadly, advancers led decliners by 125 to 53 with another 50 issues unchanged.

    Hellenic Postbank (21.48 pct), Vell Group (16.85 pct) and Klonatex (14.29 pct) were top gainers, while Atlantic (18.18 pct), Compucon (15.38 pct) and Technical Publications (10 pct) were top losers.


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