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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-16

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  • [01] State Minister presents "fast-track" investments plan
  • [02] 'Light up' protest against smoking ban
  • [03] Interior minister's new duties
  • [04] FinMin's contacts in London
  • [05] Gas price ceiling suspended
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines
  • [07] Merchant Marine ̀inistry

  • [01] State Minister presents "fast-track" investments plan

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    [02] 'Light up' protest against smoking ban

    Members of coffee-bar and restaurant professionals' coordinating body expressed their disagreement with the total ban on smoking in food and recreation centres, in an event held in Athens on Wednesday.

    Speakers reiterated the coordinating body's "fair and clear" position for their to be a ban wherever people gather imperatively and a choice wherever voluntarily.

    "Today smoking is forbidden for us, what will follow tomorrow," they wondered.

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    [03] Interior minister's new duties

    By decision of Prime Minister George Papandreou, the duties of Interior, Decentralisation and Electronic Governance Minister Yiannis Ragoussis were assigned and validated as of Wednesday.

    Ragoussis will be responsible, among other things, for the cohesive, strategic, political and communications planning for the promotion of the government's work in the sectors that the prime minister assigns to him every time and the monitoring of its implementation.

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    [04] FinMin's contacts in London

    LONDON (ANA-MPA/L. Tsirigotakis) - Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou met for three hours on Wednesday with international investors and briefed them on the Greek economy's programme, as well as on investments opportunities that Greece is providing at present.

    The Greek minister underlined the new legislative framework which is being created aiming at attracting and facilitating foreign investments.

    At the same time, Papaconstantinou gave a briefing on the developments in the Greek economy, as well as on investments issues in Greece in interviews he gave to important foreign media and specifically to the economic television channel Bloomberg, the Reuters news agency, the economic and political magazine Economist and the newspapers "Financial Times" and "Wall Street Journal." Papaconstantinou left for Paris at 6 o'clock London time.

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    [05] Gas price ceiling suspended

    ANA-MPA/The measure of the price ceiling on petroleum products, in effect as of September 13, was to be suspended as of midnight on Wednesday September 15, while an announcement by the Regional Development and Competitiveness ministry stressed that "following the intensive checks carried out and that are being carried out it is being ascertained that the market is now functioning smoothly as regards both the supplying of petrol stations and the shaping of prices. Consequently, the need to continue the implementation of the measure no longer exists."

    It is reminded that the measure had been taken to prevent unjustified increases in fuel prices that appeared as a result of strikes by truck and fuel truck owners.

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    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    An International Monetary Fund (IMF) review on the debt-battered Greek economy, new testimony before a parliamentary fact-finding commission on the Vatopedi land-swap case critical of former PM Costas Karamanlis, press speculation over Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis' role in the government and the closing of outstanding tax cases mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Athens one of the most expensive cities worldwide".

    APOGEVMATINI: "IMF's dramatic report on Greek economy".

    AVGHI: "Ten more years of unemployment".

    AVRIANI: "New scandal on the horizon", a banner headline alleging kickbacks by Germany's DT multinational.

    ELEFTHEROS: "Ragoussis becomes 'Interior Prime Minister'."

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Outrageous: Papandreou delegates powers to Ragoussis".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "IMF: Send tax-evaders to jail or else you will again burden the many".

    ESTIA: "Grotesque situation prevails in ministries - They're continuously changing names, swapping responsibilities".

    ETHNOS: "Former minister George Voulgarakis' wife and notary public in of Vatopedi land exchanges, Ekaterini Peleki, points at former PM Costas Karamanlis, in her testimony before parliamentary fact-finding committee".

    IMERISSIA: "Post-dated checks a 30-billion-euro bomb".

    KATHIMERINI: "Window for extra time - IMF official to markets: If it continues to adhere to Memorandum we will not abandon Greece".

    LOGOS: "Fuel market uncontrollable".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Tax courts via rapid procedures".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Communist Party leader Aleka Papariga: Popular alliance and organising in workplaces, working-class neighbourhoods"

    TA NEA: "The draft law for closure of outstanding tax cases".

    TO VIMA: "Civil servants' payroll through the sieve".

    VRADYNI: "IMF demands new austerity measures".

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    [07] Merchant Marine ̀inistry

    An announcement issued by the Union of Greek Shipowners on Wednesday stressed that "the entire maritime Community does not understand the state's insistence on abolishing the historic Merchant Marine Ministry and proceed with the creation of a cloudy administrative agency with irrelevant and overlapping duties."

    The announcement terms "inconceivable and extremely insulting for many the insinuations of the Government Representative according to which the active for eight decades Merchant Marine Ministry has supposedly a heavy and sinful past."

    The Union of Greek Shipowners stresses that it will insist on the re-establishment of the Merchant Marine Ministry and has one pursuit and position alone that the Greek merchant navy remains the first and biggest in the world, as it is today for the benefit of the mercantile community and the entire country.

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