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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-25

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greeks asks for Frontex assistance
  • [02] 13th Fancophonie summit
  • [03] Peach growers protest
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Greeks asks for Frontex assistance

    ANA-MPa/Greece has asked the EU for the immediate deployment of Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABITS) and the EU Agency for the Management of the Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (FRONTEX) operational means on its eastern borders to stem the mass influx of undocumented migrants, in letters sent by Citizens Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis to EU Internal Affairs Council chairman Annemie Turtelboom and Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem.

    Papoutsis, on behalf of the Greek government, sent letters to Turtelboom and Malmstroem on Sunday stressing that "a mass influx is noted daily on Greece's external land borders with Turkey of third-country nationals who attempt to illegally enter Greek territory with the aim of accessing other EU countries".

    The minister also stressed in the letters that "the increasing pressure of the illegal migrant flows at the Greek borders is a clearly European problem and requires a corresponding European solution in the context of EU solidarity".

    In a quick reply, Malmstroem said on Monday morning that RABITS teams, coordinated by FRONTEX, "will be deployed at the external border and will ensure mutual assistance between Member States of the European Union; they will act under the authority of Greece and will be in place for a limited period of time", in the first activation of the RABITS since their creation in 2007.

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    [02] 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.

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    [03] 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.

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    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The economy and the Bank of Greece's opposition to new taxes, the November local government elections and speculation of early general elections, mostly dominated the headlines on Monday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Turmoil in higher education - Government clash with university rectors".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Prime Minister George Papandreou is 'fishing' for votes ....and threatens early general elections".

    AVRIANI: "George (Papandreou) is preparing to make a 'heroic exit'.

    ELEFTHEROS: "Papandreou is blackmailing with early elections and pseudo-dilemmas".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Local government elections a vote of confidence in the government's economic policy".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "He (Papandreou) is blackmailing because he is sinking".

    ESTIA: "The possibility of early elections".

    ETHNOS: "House loan installments skyrocketing".

    IMERISSIA: "Bank of Greece expressed opposition to new taxes".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Two out of ten businesses facing the danger of closure".

    TA NEA: "Papandreou asks for a vote of responsibility".

    VRADYNI: "Papandreou is leading the country to bankruptcy".

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