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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Foreign tourists discovered antiquities in the sea region of Corfu
  • [02] Law for over-indebted households
  • [03] Venizelos meets EU-IMF inspectors
  • [04] Airport passenger traffic
  • [05] Fire raging on Samos
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Foreign tourists discovered antiquities in the sea region of Corfu

    ANA-MPA/A clay vessel and a large fragment of pottery were located at the bottom of the sea by two foreign nationals on board the French flag leisure boat "ISALIO" that had anchored at Garitsa Bay off the Ionian Sea island of Corfu.

    The findings were brought to the surface on Tuesday after the local Coast Guard was informed of the discovery and will be handed over to the responsible authorities.

    [02] Law for over-indebted households

    ANA-MPA/The government is offering tangible support to Greek households, government spokesman George Petalotis stressed on Wednesday, referring to a law allowing over-extended Greek households to reschedule their debts with credit institutions.

    Under the law passed by Parliament on Tuesday, loan recipients who are unable to make payments can apply for an out-of-court compromise with their creditors as of Sept. 1, 2010, while the relevant court procedure will be activated in the beginning of 2011 when courts will undertake to rule on debt settlements.

    Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Minister Louka Katseli presented details of the new legislation in a press conference on Wednesday.

    Roughly 150,000 loan recipients are expected to make use of the legislation for over-indebted consumers passed in parliament on Tuesday.

    [03] Venizelos meets EU-IMF inspectors

    ANA-MPA/The execution of the national defence ministry budget, the outlook for the next fiscal years, the implementation of existing legislation on the earnings of civil servants and the reassessment of the five-year armaments programme (EMPAE) were discussed on Wednesday in the meeting of Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos with the visiting team of inspectors of the European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) "troika".

    They also discussed forecasts concerning the cost and delivery of armaments programmes in the immediate future.

    [04] Airport passenger traffic

    ANA-MPA/Passenger traffic in the Athens International Airport remained virtually unchanged compared with last year's levels in the first half of 2010, recording a 0.1 pct increase. The number of passengers totaled 7.2 million in the January-June period, despite a 3.5 pct decline in the number of flights, particularly in the second quarter of 2010.

    This performance maintained the Athens International Airport's position within the European average in passenger traffic (-0.3 pct) and in the number of flights (-3.8 pct).

    International passenger traffic rose 0.4 pct in the first six months of the year, compared with the corresponding period in 2009, totaling 4.5 million passengers, while domestic traffic eased 0.4 pct (2.8 million passengers), with the Middle East (+18 pct) and Asia (+4.0 pct) recording traffic increases.

    [05] Fire raging on Samos

    -PA/A fire that broke out in five different spots in the area south of Kokkari, on the island of Samos, on Wednesday night was still raging on Thursday morning.

    The fire spread quickly, fanned by strong winds, and developed a large front, with a strong contingent of firefighters on the ground and volunteers battling the flames throughout the night to keep the front, in an inaccessible area in Tristrato, from crossing over to the other side where two villages are situated.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The civil mobilization of truck owners and commandeering of their vehicles decided by Prime Minister George Papandreou late Wednesday, EU-IMF "troika's" first positive assessment on the course of Greek economy and the Civil Servants' Umbrella Union (ADEDY) and other unions' recourse to the Council of State charging unconstitutionality of the Memorandum, dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Government decided civil mobilisation - Strikers remain firm".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Government's clash with truck owners at the extremes".

    AVGHI: "Civil mobilisation unlawful".

    AVRIANI: "Has the government no sense?".

    CHORA: "Troika 'cooking up' government reshuffle".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Truck owners' reply to the civil mobilisation: Come and take them - Government unreliable".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Government starts with trucks in order to open nine more closed-shop professions".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Commandeering of (fuel) trucks following Prime Minister's decision - Series of reactions".

    ESTIA: "Dangerous criminalisation for the falsification of statistics".

    ETHNOS: "Civil mobilisation of strikers the way out - Government makes decisive move after the SOS from the economy".

    IMERISSIA: "Message to guilds - Commandeering finally decided".

    KATHIMERINI: "Civil mobilisation ends the impasse - Truck owners threaten not to comply".

    LOGOS: "Civil mobilisation vs. 'hostage situation' after the collapse of the dialogue between truck owners and government - Strikers refuse to back down".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Hope for normalisation after government's decision for civil mobilisation".

    NIKI: "Cutbacks in salaries unconstitutional'.

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Ruthless government aims to smash the right to strike".

    TA NEA: "Bill on closed-shop professions by the end of the year".

    TO VIMA: "Government's clash with guilds at the extremes".

    VRADYNI: "Storm over the civil mobilisation - Truck owners threaten with roadblocks".


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