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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-17

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

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  • [01] No concern over approval of third tranche of loan
  • [02] Parliament plenary refers 5 former ND ministers to Special Judicial Council over Vatopedi-state land swaps affair

  • [01] No concern over approval of third tranche of loan

    -P/The Greek government on Wednesday said there was no concern over the approval of a third tranche of a support loan to Greece, worth 9.0 billion euros, from the International Monetary Fund and the Eurozone.

    A Finance ministry announcement said the approval comes in two stages, as was the case with the previous two tranches. First, from the Eurozone, an agreement was needed by an Ecofin meeting in December on the EU's part of the loan, based on the assessment of the Stability Program, to be finalised next week. This procedure would require around 10 working days and for this specific reason, disbursement of the money was expected in early January.ANa-MPA

    The ministry said this procedure has been previously agreed with the European Commission and would not create any liquidity problem to the country.

    Second, a decision by the International Monetary Fund on the IMF's part of the loan would be taken by an IMF board council in December, with the disbursement of the money expect during the same month.

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    [02] Parliament plenary refers 5 former ND ministers to Special Judicial Council over Vatopedi-state land swaps affair

    -P/The parliament plenary late Tuesday voted to refer three former New Democracy (ND) government ministers to a Special Judicial Council over controversial Vatopedi Monastery-state land swaps, while no action was taken against the other two of the five former ND ministers whose referral had been recommended by an ad hoc parliamentary preliminary investigation committee that investigated possible criminal liability in the affair.

    The plenary decided the referral of former agriculture ministers Evangelos Bassiakos and Alexandros Kontos and former deputy finance minister Petros Doukas, but not of former minister George Voulgarakis and former government spokesman and minister of state Theodoros Roussopoulos in the land swap case referring to Lake Vistonida and surrounding areas.ANA-MPa

    The plenary on Tuesday decided the referral of Bassiakos, Kontos and Doukas only for instigation and complicity in breach of trust against the state, and not for moral instigation of money laundering and fraud against the state, as recommended by the parliamentary probe committee.

    The Special Judicial Council will rule on whether or not the five former ministers will be referred to a Special Court on ministers' accountability.

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