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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Acropolis closed for third day by protestors
  • [02] NATO foreign and defence ministers conference
  • [03] Air traffic controllers' strike declared illegal
  • [04] FM Droutsas to tour Middle East
  • [05] GSEE announces 24-hour strike on December 15
  • [06] NBG on domestic interbank market
  • [07] Car sales slump causes lay-offs
  • [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Acropolis closed for third day by protestors

    -P/The Acropolis archaeological site in Athens remained closed for a third consecutive day on Friday by protesting culture ministry contract employees demanding tenure and 22 months in outstanding back pay, while a strong police contingent also remained in place.

    After scuffles erupted, riot police (MAT) used teargas on Thursday to disperse the protestors after scuffles erupted, who have chain-locked the entrance to Greece's most famous archaeological site, in an operation to reopen the site after a lawsuit filed by the local police precinct chief with an Athens prosecutor, who gave the go-ahead for the operation.

    Tension increased on Friday morning when police allowed a couple of tourists to enter the site, eliciting strong protests from the demonstrators.

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    [02] NATO foreign and defence ministers conference

    ANA-MPa/A joint announcement by the Foreign and Defence ministries, following the conference of the Alliance's foreign and defence ministers in Brussels on Thursday, in which Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos participated, said that "Greece has assessed in principle positively the present plan of the new strategic doctrine presented to the member-states by NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, while the new administration structure model, that was prepared by a committee of senior officers, will constitute an item of further processing."

    It was added that "as was observed by the Foreign and Defence ministers, in the present phase of the process, the plans of the above texts that are under processing respond to the options made by our country."

    Thursday's conference took place in the framework of preparation for the NATO summit, that will take place in Lisbon in November and it it examined the entire spectrum of the major issues preoccupying NATO.

    More specifically, the Alliance's Foreign and Defence ministers, according to the same announcement, "discussed the new strategic doctrine, with the new structure of forces, the issue of anti-missile security, the reforming of the Alliance's organisations, NATO-EU relations, the procedures for the saving of resources and all relevant issues that will be finalised at the conference of NATO heads of state and government."

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    [03] Air traffic controllers' strike declared illegal

    An Athens court on Thursday ruled illegal a 24-hour strike scheduled for Sunday October 17 by air traffic controllers.

    The appeal against the strike was filed by the Civil Aviation Service.

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    [04] FM Droutsas to tour Middle East

    ANA-MPA/Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas will be carrying out a tour in the Middle East, according to a foreign ministry announcement issued on Thursday, "in a crucial conjuncture for the future of the Peacekeeping Process in the Middle East."

    Droutsas will convey Greece's support for the efforts being made by the international community for the achievement of a viable peace, while the basic parameter of his tour will be the upgrading of bilateral relations with Greece.

    Droutsas will be departing on October 17 and returning on the 20th, with stopovers in Jordan, on the 17th, Israel and the Palestinian Territory, on the 18th, Egypt, on the 19th, and Lebanon, on the 20th.

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    [05] GSEE announces 24-hour strike on December 15

    ANA-MPa/A 24-hour general strike and a rally at the Pedio tou Areos Park will be held on December 15, according to a decision by the plenum of the General Confederation of Workers of Greece's (GSEE) board.

    The situation that has been shaped by the implementation of the Troika's measures and government policy was discussed analytically during the meeting.

    According to a relevant announcement, a memorandum of social and labour protection of the rights of working people is among the Confederation's demands and a reply to the memorandum.

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    [06] NBG on domestic interbank market

    ANA-MPA/Opening up the interbank market is a challenge than can be achieved in the medium term and within the year following National Bank's recent successful a share capital increase, Apostolos Tamvakakis, the bank's chief executive officers, said on Thursday.

    Speaking to reporters, the NBG CEO said opening up finance lines between banks (interbank market) would allow National Bank and the domestic banking system, in general, to offer necessary liquidity to the real economy, a hoped for jump-start for economic growth. The interbank market has shut down since the crisis began, a development that combined with the outflow of saving deposits abroad - this trend was halted in August - created a liquidity squeeze in the domestic banking system.

    Limited liquidity in the system, combined with a sharp decline in demand of capital by the private sector, pushed financing growth for the private sector to a further slowdown in August (1.5 pct on an annual basis from 2.3 pct in July and 4.1 pct in December 2009).

    Credit expansion to enterprises slowed to 2.3 pct annually in August, from 3.4 pct in July and 5.0 pct in December 2009, while new lending to households slowed to 0.6 pct in August, from 1.6 pct in June and 3.1 pct in December 2009.

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    [07] Car sales slump causes lay-offs

    Lay-offs in retail car sector are expected to reach 25,000 in the period from 2008 until the end of 2010, as a result of the closure of 2,500 enterprises out of a total of 6,000 firms in the recession-hit sector, Ap. Petmezas, the president of the Federation of Car Importers and Dealers, said on Thursday.

    Speaking to reporters, Petmezas said car sales are down 65.3 pct in the period from the summer of 2008 until today, while turnover was down 60 pct and unemployment has reached 10 pct in the sector.

    He stressed that the car sales market was expected to fall by 36 pct this year, translating into 160,000 new vehicles sold, with a danger of dipping below 90,000 in 2011 unless corrective moves were made.

    The federation called for a reduction in car registration duties, reinstating incentives to replacing old-technology cars and cheaper car and business loans from banks.

    Car dealers also called for the abolishment of a luxury tax on cars and the abolition of decades-old ban -- unique for Europe -- on diesel-engine cars in Athens and Thessaloniki.

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    [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Culture Ministry contract employees' protest and the "fast track bill" to be tabled on Friday in parliament, mostly dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Salary cuts in DEKO (Public Utilities and Organisations) too".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Desecration - They turned the Acropolis into a Roman arena".

    AVGHI: "Unemployment creates a lost generation".

    AVRIANI: "Ruling PASOK headed for crushing defeat in local government elections".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Faster than Democracy -The 'fast track' circumvents the parliament, the laws and the court of Justice".

    ESTIA: "The vicious circle of taxes and revenues".

    ETHNOS: "Flurry of students applying for transfers".

    IMERISSIA: "Emergency plan - Liquidity and incentives for exports".

    KATHIMERINI: "Images of shame on the Sacred Hill (Acropolis)".

    LOGOS: "Stagflation and recession ... an explosive mixture for social turbulence".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Express procedures for strategic investments".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government's lies'.

    TA NEA: "Athens' teardrop".

    TO VIMA: "Secret rendezvous in main opposition New Democracy (ND)".

    VRADYNI: "Social explosion".

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