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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-05

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou in Belgrade on Tues.
  • [02] Smoking ban in cars with children
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Papandreou in Belgrade on Tues.

    ANA-Mpa/Prime Minister George Papandreou, at the end of his programme in Brussels in the framework of the Europe-Asia summit, will be visiting Belgrade on Tuesday afternoon, where he will be addressing the Annual Conference on Serbia's European Prospect.

    n Monday, Papandreou conveyed an optimistic message on the course of the Greek economy, addressing Cabinet members who convened on the occasion of the first anniversary since PASOK's election victory in 2009 brought the party to power.

    Moreover, he lashed out at the previous and the current leadership of the main opposition New Democracy (ND) party, blaming ND for the current economic and debt crisis Greece is facing.

    He underlined that the country is going to make it despite predictions to the contrary, pointing out, however, that the "fight is not over yet and that the road ahead remains tough."

    Papandreou stressed that if things go well in 2011, which he described as a "decisive second halftime", then "we can hope that the course of the economy will change and 2012 will be a year of economic growth that will take place on solid foundations for the first time."

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    [02] Smoking ban in cars with children

    -p/Tough anti-smoking legislation for those that light up in their cars when children under 12 are present is being mulled by the government, which is considering tabling the new laws as an amendment in Parliament on Wednesday. Envisaged fines for violating the proposed ban may range from 1,500 euros to 3,000 euros, while offenders may be stripped of their driving licence.

    Health Minister Andreas Loverdos has apparently stated his determination to pass the new measure and may enlist the help of the municipal police in its enforcement, asking them to patrol roads around primary schools in order to locate drivers that are smoking in their cars while carrying children to and from school.

    Meanwhile, according to Athens deputy mayor Andreas Papadakis, only five tickets for violating the ban on smoking in public places have been handed out in central Athens since October 1, when the "grace period" for adapting to the new legislation ended.

    According to Papadakis, the balmy weather in the capital over the past few days has helped Athenians stay on the right side of the law, allowing smokers to sit outdoors until late at night.

    Patrols by municipal police found that majority of venues had complied with the law by putting up anti-smoking signs and removing ashtrays from their tables, in spite of some grumbling. Still pending are "incident report books" at municipal police stations that will keep records of violations by individual venues. When these amass more than four, the owners can then lose their licence.

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    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The provisions of the draft 2011 State Budget and speculations of new austerity measures mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "State Budget with Memorandum provisions!!".

    APOGEVMATINI: "3.5 billion euros in new taxes - Unemployment to reach 14.5 percent - The worst is yet to come".

    AVGHI: "Draft State Budget draft: We got the drift....no thank you".

    AVRIANI: "Main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras reveals PASOK's lies".

    ELEFTHEROS: "New cutbacks in salaries, pensions and benefits foreseen in the draft of 'Memorandum' State Budget ".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "7.1 billion euros in new taxes because... 'the money exists'."

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "2011 State Budget: Death toll for 145,000 new unemployed ".

    ESTIA: "What PASOK was saying in November 2008 when the Karamanlis government signed the 35-year concession of the Piraeus Port's container terminal to the Chinese state company COSCO, at which time its spokesman and current finance minister had expressed full opposition to that agreement".

    ETHNOS: "2011 State Budget burns everyone".

    IMERISSIA: "5.31 billion euros new taxes in 2011 - Unemployment to skyrocket to14.5 percent".

    KATHIMERINI: "6.7 billion euros in additional taxes".

    LOGOS: "State Budget brings tax storm".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "The new State budget in the orbit of the recession".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Rise up against the suppression of the (popular labor) movement (in the countries of Europe)- Today, Council of Europe to discuss the monstrous resolution against the peoples (resolution on combating extremism)".

    TA NEA: "2011 Odyssey - New cutbacks and explosion in taxes".

    TO VIMA: "5.3 billion euros additional taxes and unemployment at 14.5 percent - State Budget with recession as its opponent".

    VRADYNI: "Draft 2011 State Budget draft foresees new austerity measures".

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