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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-29

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  • [01] Truckers decide to continue mobilisations
  • [02] Karamanlis reply in Vatopedi case
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Truckers decide to continue mobilisations

    ANA-MPA/Striking freight and fuel truck drivers late Tuesday night decided to continue their labor action, which entered its 14th day on Wednesday, with an overwhelming majority of 76 of the 96 truckers' unions voting in favor of continuing the moblisations, and just 6 against, while 14 cast blank votes, after a marathon General Assembly of the Panhellenic Federation of truck owners.

    Government spokesman George Petalotis said Monday night after the truckers' decision was announced that the government has exhausted all margins, noting that the closure of outstanding tax obligations draft law also foresees special arrangements for the truck owners.

    Merchants and enterprises, which have been hard hit by the strike, have indicated that they will take recourse to justice against the truckers.

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    [02] Karamanlis reply in Vatopedi case

    Former prime minister Costas Karamanlis conveyed a written memorandum on Tuesday afternoon to a preliminary Parliamentary committee of inquiry convened to investigate the Vatopedi land swap furor, along with possible legal liabilities by ministers of the former government.

    According to Karamanlis, his New Democracy government in 2004 inherited a "finalised" ownership status of Vistonida lake in extreme northeast Greece, which was legally "bound" by ministerial decisions of the preceding PASOK government

    "... due to the social problem that had been created for the residents of the neighbouring (Vistonida) regions and their demand that their problem be dealt with, as well as due to a lack of necessary resources for possible expropriations, ND's ministers, each within the framework of his duties, adopted the absolutely legal process of (land) exchanges."

    The former prime minister also assessed that "nothing reproachable resulted" from the two fact-finding committees created to probe the same case, "not even a shadow of suspicion of criminal responsibilities for political persons and this despite the evident animosity and prejudice that was shown by various sides."

    He further noted that "four (property) assessment reports carried out, two by the (Greek) Sworn Evaluators Corps and two by foreign independent firms did not detect anything reprehensible, reproachable; neither a loss for the state. And it is at best strange, that the existence of these reports was silently ignored in the second fact-finding committee, as well as the fact that only now are additional assessments being requested."

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    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The government's efforts to meet the State Budget's targets, the draft law on the closure of outstanding tax obligations to be voted on Thursday in parliament, and the tax collection 'safari', mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Bankers' commitment to channel 25 billion euros to the market".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Former prime minister Costas Karamanlis' letter to the president of the parliamentary preliminary investigation committee on Vatoped-State land swaps case".

    AVGHI: "Serious shortages of supplies in public hospitals - They have run out of cotton".

    CHORA: "Thousands of Europeans take to the streets against austerity measures".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party spokesman Makis Voridis estimated: Karamanlis' (former ND prime minister) return is being 'cooked up' at the same time that LAOS leader George Karatzaferis is clashing with main opposition New Democracy (ND) over the Memorandum".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "They have concocted a scandal without any evidence - What Karamanlis says about Vatopedi".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Draconian law for all taxpayers - Tax evaders will be sent to prison".

    ESTIA: "Closure of outstanding tax obligations was also applied 32 years ago".

    ETHNOS: "Handcuffs and shut-downs for tax evaders - Government to table in parliament severe measures against tax evasion".

    IMERISSIA: "Imprisonment for VAT fraud - Very harsh penalties for tax evasion".

    KATHIMERINI: "Government brainstorming ahead of new State Budget - In search of a Plan C for the economy".

    LOGOS: "No incriminating evidence arises for political figures (in Vatopedi case)".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Liquidity injections and loans offered for the closure of outstanding tax obligations".

    NIKI: "How the Greek Information Service (EYP) broke up the gang of real estate looters".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government, backed by civil servants' umbrella federation GSEE, legislating salary cutbacks in the private sector".

    TA NEA: "Tax sweep - Close-downs for (not issuing) receipts and imprisonment for VAT fraud".

    TO VIMA: "Electronic 'purchases card' on-line with the Tax Bureau - It will record the receipts automatically".

    VRADYNI: "Big brother e-card - Government puts society under electronic surveillance".

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