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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-11-26

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Cabinet discusses reforms
  • [02] ND Parliamentary group convenes
  • [03] Bill on equal opportunities for men and women in employment ratified
  • [04] Terror group claims responsibility for mail bombs
  • [05] Extension of metro lines
  • [06] Van Rompuy on deficit reduction
  • [07] Seamen extend strike
  • [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Cabinet discusses reforms

    ANA-MPA/Reforms to broader state-sector services and organisations, including the debt and deficit-ridden Greek Railways Organisation (OSE) and loss-making Athens public transport companies, were the main issues discussed on Thursday during a meeting of the cabinet chaired by Prime Minister George Papandreou.

    Addressing the meeting, Papandreou said that 2011 would be the year for major reforms and expressed confidence that the government would succeed in achieving its targets, as it had in 2010.ANA-MPA

    The premier asked the ministers to submit their proposals for their specific area of responsibility by Friday, ranking them in order of priority so that they might be included in an implementation schedule.

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    [02] ND Parliamentary group convenes

    ANA-MPA/The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party parliamentary group will meet on Friday in the wake of the local government elections, the updated memorandum and the developments recorded within the party instigated by the forming of the Democratic Alliance party and the resignation of two ND MPs.

    ND leader Antonis Samaras, who will chair the meeting, will set the party's strategy and back the anti-memorandum stance.ANA-MPA/ Ex-prime minister and ND leader Costas Karamanlis is expected to attend Friday's session.

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    [03] Bill on equal opportunities for men and women in employment ratified

    ANa-MPA/The Employment ministry's bill on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities for men and women in work and employment was ratified with the addition of amendments on providing financial support for low pension earners and the payment of the special bonus for invalids, as well as the amendment on the extension of the ban on smoking in cars when children of up to 12 years old are on board.

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    [04] Terror group claims responsibility for mail bombs

    -P/The "Conspiracy of Cells of Fire" terror gang, in a proclamation posted on an Internet website on Thursday, assumed responsibility for 14 parcel bombs sent to embassies and leaders of European countries in early November.ana-MPA

    The proclamation, that also contains an appeal to similar extremist groups in Europe and Latin America, for the first time uses the title "revolutionary organisation" and features an emblem

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    [05] Extension of metro lines

    ANA-MPA/The works for the extension of the metro and tram lines to Piraeus will proceed as scheduled, a ministry of infrastructure, transport and networks statement underlined on Thursday.ANA-MPA

    The statement was issued in response to comments made by opposition party cadres, alleging that the sum already allocated for the specific project will be used in other regions, and calling on the people of Piraeus to demonstrate against such designs.

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    [06] Van Rompuy on deficit reduction

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA - V. Demiris) European Council President Herman Van Rompuy has praised the Greek government's response to the debt crisis and said that the reduction of Greece's deficit by 4 percent in just one year was an "unbelievable"achievement.

    Van Rompuy made the statement in an interview entitled "The euro acted as a sleeping pill" published by the Flemish-language Belgian weekly review "Knack" on November 17.

    During a brief review of the Greek crisis, the European official stressed that the EU had to "swim against the stream" in order to create the right conditions for achieving a stable economic growth that would make the European social model viable and preserve the EU's role on a global level.

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    [07] Seamen extend strike

    ANA-MPA/Greek seamen on Thursday decided to extend a strike that has paralysed ferry services to the Greek islands until Sunday, the Panhellenic Seamen's Federation (PNO) announced.ana-mpa

    The union, which has been on strike since Tuesday, decided to hold another 48-hour strike starting at 18:00 on Friday and ending at 18:00 on Sunday.

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    [08] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Ubiquitous reforms in cavernous Greek public sector, developments in main opposition New Democracy (ND) efforts to curb widespread tax evasion in the country mostly dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Rural police corps to be abolished".

    AVGHI: "300,000 unemployed in 2010".

    AVRIANI: "Restructuring of state debt immediately or exit from eurozone and return to drachma".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Prime Minister George Papandreou casts 'elections bomb' in cabinet meeting".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Cuts in 700,000 (civil servants) allowances".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Bill on men-women retirement age equalisation passed in dead of night'.

    ESTIA: "Simplification of taxation procedures'.

    ETHNOS: "Memorandum and supervisors in all ministries".

    IMERISSIA: "Alarm in eurozone - Thriller over support mechanism".

    KATHIMERINI: "Civil servants who were receiving two salaries ".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "State of emergency plan for difficult decisions".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Sweeping reversals in Public Utilities, agencies and public sector".

    TA NEA: "Finance ministry's Crime Squad orders immediate shut downs".

    TO VIMA: "All ministers under surveillance".

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