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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Samaras on loan repayment
  • [02] OSE strike on Thurs. to affect airport link
  • [03] Greek Shipowners in Brussels
  • [04] OSE restructure bill
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Samaras on loan repayment

    ANA-MPa/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras visited the port city of Piraeus on Wednesday, accompanied by his party's mayoral candidate in the municipality, Vassilis Mihaloliakos, in view of the Nov. 7 local government elections.

    In statements while touring Greece's largest port, Samaras again lashed out at Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, sharply criticising the latter for "insinuating comments" he has made in reference to former PM Costas Karamanlis.

    The ND leader also called on the government to provide clarifications as regards the likelihood of an extension of the repayment period for the 110-billion-euro EU-ECB-IMF support mechanism received by the country.

    Samaras stressed that any extension would be positive if considered in order to facilitate payments, adding however, that he would oppose such a prospect if it leads to a new memorandum and additional austerity measures.

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras called on the government to provide clarifications as regards the likelihood of an extension of the repayment period for the 110-billion-euro EU-ECB-IMF support mechanism received by the country.

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    [02] OSE strike on Thurs. to affect airport link

    A 24-hour strike called by Hellenic Railways (OSE) employees on Thursday will affect the Athens Metro and as a result there will be no service from the Doukissis Plakentias station to Athens International Airport (AIA), as that particular section of track belongs to debt-burdened OSE.

    There will be no suburban railway (Proastiakos) service as well.

    The OSE union strike is held in protest to provisions in a draft law recently unveiled for the restructuring of the state-run and money-losing rail operator.

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    [03] Greek Shipowners in Brussels

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/M. Spinthourakis) - A delegation of the Union of Greek Shipowners, headed by the Union's president Theodoros Veniamis, visited the European Union's headquarters in Brussels and the issues it discussed included maintaining and developing nautical know-how in Europe, handling the phenomenon of international piracy, the European legislative framework and its repercussions for maritime activities, issues concerning environmental protection and problems created in shipping as a result of the recent measures taken by the EU against Iran.

    The Union's three-day contacts in the Belgian capital included, among others, the Commissioners Maria Damanaki (shipping policy), Viviane Reding (Justice) and Androula Vassiliou (education, culture, youth).

    The delegation, as it stressed during a press conference it gave in Brussels, reminded the EU officials that European shipping represents 41 percent of the world's fleet and Greek shipping 40 percent of the European, reiterating its steadfast position that whatever decisions are adopted on shipping issues, including those concerning the protection of the environment, are preferable to be taken at the level of the International Maritime Organisation and not of regional, such as the EU for example.

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    [04] OSE restructure bill

    ANA-MPa/Transport Minister Dimitris Reppas termed the bill on the restructuring of the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) an "intermediate stage to enable the existence of a transport policy that will make Greece a transit hub," while speaking at the Parliamentary Economic Committee during the first day of its discussion on Wednesday.

    "The draft law, can change the railway setting in our country. If we want combined transport, of course the railway must have a better share and better infrastructures. And we are promoting a programme at the Thriasio Pedio, that will constitute the end of the country's major railway axes and will be linked with the port of Piraeus. The Port-Trade Centre-railway and road axes-airport line will be ready in 2011. A persistent effort is necessary for the plan to mature, but all begin from the first step - and the bill is the first step," Reppas said.

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    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The dire economic situation in 11 loss-making public utilities and enterprises (DEKOs), a drop in the spread of Greek state bonds and speculation over new deals in the domestic sector, mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "11 public enterprises add losses of 12 billion euros per year to state budget".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Lost in the translation of their 'creative accountancy'."

    AVGHI: "Government gives final stroke to DEKOs that they've already looted".

    ESTIA: "According to percentage of real GNP, deficit is smaller".

    ETHNOS: "Imposition of price ceilings for pharmaceuticals, surgeries".

    IMERISSIA: "New bank deals in December".

    KATHIMERINI: "DEKO employees unaffected by economic crisis".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Closing of outstanding tax obligations for the wealthy".

    LOGOS: "State budget drowning - PM George Papandreou on Wednesday sounded optimistic".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Markets positive over repayment extension scenario".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government gives up people's rights in Aegean Sea".

    TA NEA: "Banks and consumers renounce credit cards - 1 million credit cards less within a six-month period".

    TO VIMA: "We are reborn! Chile mineworkers' dramatic stories".

    VRADYNI: "Employers' contribution funding".

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