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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Two injured in forced landing by light aircraft near Megara
  • [02] Migrant-smuggler arrested
  • [03] Calls for televised interview of all party leaders ahead of local gov't elections
  • [04] 'Measures in right direction'
  • [05] Rail strikes this week
  • [06] 13th Fancophonie summit
  • [07] Peach growers protest

  • [01] Two injured in forced landing by light aircraft near Megara

    Two people were injured early Sunday when a private light aircraft made a forced landing near Megara.

    The two-member crew were rushed by an Air Force super puma helicopter to a nearby military hospital.

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    [02] Migrant-smuggler arrested

    A 36-year-old man was arrested at the port of Igoumenitsa on Sunday as he prepared to board a passenger ferry destined for Italy, after seven illegal migrants were found hidden in a secret compartment in his van.

    The detainee was due to appear before a local prosecutor.

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    [03] Calls for televised interview of all party leaders ahead of local gov't elections

    Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras on Sunday called for a debate among the parliamentary party leaders for the sake of pluralism, and expressed his opposition to prime minister George Papandreou's all-channel televised interview that has been scheduled for Monday, calling it a "monologue".

    The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) also reacted to the premier's planned interview, demanding such all-channel interviews be scheduled for all the party leaders. The KKE accused Papandreou of attempting, through the televised all-channel interview, to intervene so that the people's disgruntlement and rage will not be expressed with a condemnation of the government policy in the November 4 local administration elections.

    "The KKE demands that all the political leaders have the same opportunity," a KKE announcement said.

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    [04] 'Measures in right direction'

    The measures taken by the Greek government are in the right direction for the country's exit from the crisis, the prime minister's adviser on economic issues Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa said in a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday.

    Padoa-Schioppa, the Italian banker and economist who prime minister George Papandreou appointed in August to advise the Greek government on economic issues, also stressed that there is no issue of restructuring of the country's debt if the economic program is strictly implemented.

    In an interview appearing in the Sunday edition of Ethnos newspaper, Padoa-Schioppa said that the "very difficult economic situation" that Greece found itself in is essentially the result of the political choices (institutions, attitudes) "of many years, perhaps even decades".

    He warned against "illusions that Greece will exit from the crisis in a few months", adding that "a few years will be required".

    Padoa-Schioppa further stressed that there is need of stability and growth.

    Padoa-Schioppa served as Italy's Economy and Finance Minister under the Prodi government between May 2006 and May 2008 and has held highly influential positions in a number international financial institutions.

    He is currently a member of the Washington-based financial advisory body, the "Group of Thirty" and president of the Paris-based think thank "Notre Europe", while from October 2007 until April 2008 he was chairman of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the top policy steering committee of the IMF.

    He has also served as president of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision in 1993-1997 and was a member of the European Central Bank's six-member executive board from its foundation in 1998 until the end of May 2005.

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    [05] Rail strikes this week

    Rail services will come a near standstill in Greece this week as Hellenic Railway (OSE) employees have called four 24-hour rolling strikes for Monday-Wednesday (October 25-27) and Friday (October 29).

    The strikes have already caused the cancellation of dozens of scheduled train routes also affecting the rest of the week, namely on Sunday, Thursday and Saturday (October 24, 28 and 30).

    The strike also affects Proastiakos suburban railway service from Doukissis Plakentias station to Athens International Airport, as the infrastructure of that section belongs to OSE.

    OSE employees are striking in protest over an infrastructure, transport and networks ministry bill on the reorganisation and development of OSE.

    On Oct. 25, 26, 27 and 29 access to Athensā International Airport via public transport will be possible only by bus.

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    [06] 13th Fancophonie summit

    Geneva (ANA-MPA/R. Dimakou) -- Minister of State Haris Pamboukis represented Greece at the 13th summit of the International Organisation of the Francophonie, which wound up on Sunday in Montreux, Switzerland.

    The summit was addressed by French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who presented France's aspiration, in light of its imminent assumption of the G8 and G20 chairmanships, to pursue substantial progress in solving fundamental problems faced by the international community, such as regulation of the international economic system, UN reform, and climate change.

    Pamboukis spoke on the global economic crisis and the role of the state, which he said is called on to tackle the symptoms of abuse in the international markets, such as speculation.

    He stressed the need for immediate decisions to be taken in order to formulate a new model of global economic governance, noting that the global problems require global solutions, and in that context expressed support for Sarkozy's proposals.

    The Greek minister also noted the need for coordinated action for protection of the environment and tackling the negative impact of climate change, a turn to green development which, he stressed, is a priority for the Greek government, and reinforcing the French language internationally.

    In one of its resolutions on crises resolution, the summit, for the first time, made reference to the Cyprus issue.

    The text adopted encouraged the "decisive efforts and volition" of the Cyprus government for finding a lasting solution to the Cyprus problem and express the hope that the direct talks between Cyprus President Demetris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Mehmet Ali Talat will lead to reunification of Cyprus in the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation in accordance with the UN resolutions.

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    [07] Peach growers protest

    Peach growers from all over the country will stage a demonstration at the Agricultural Development and Foods ministry at noon on Tuesday, protesting that processing plants have not paid them for more than 300 million kilos of the fruit the farmers have delivered to them.

    Tassos Kyralidis, head of the peach farmers' coordinating committee, told ANA-MPA that the producers have not been paid for the fruit they delivered to the processing plants, with payment set at an average 20 cents per kilo.

    The peach producers are also demanding ministry intercession to raise the price to 23 cents per kilo, given that this year's sales to processing plants have exceeded all previous years, according to growers.

    Further, the peach growers are seeking a solution for the losses they suffered due to the extended strike by truck owners, which is estimated at 50 million kilos of the fruit, according to Kyralidis.

    (EPA file photo)

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