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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-13

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Omnibus bill debate opens
  • [02] PM: 2011 a crucial year for farm sector
  • [03] Development minister pledges to stamp down on rising prices
  • [04] State of emergency declared on Samos
  • [05] Megaron concert at Aghios Panteleimonas cathedral
  • [06] Greek economy at crucial crossroads
  • [07] ND leader in Thessaloniki
  • [08] Public transport stoppage
  • [09] Olympiakos regains lead
  • [10] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] Omnibus bill debate opens

    ANA-MPa/Discussion of the omnibus bill tabled by the government last week containing changes to labor relations, cuts in DEKO (public utilities and organisations) salaries and taxation changes opens at noon Monday in parliament's standing Committee on Economic Affairs, under "urgent" procedures.

    The draft law, which was tabled on Thursday amid a flurry of protests, will be voted on by the parliament plenary on Tuesday.ana-mpa

    Prime minister George Papandreou will hold separate meetings on Tuesday with the political party leaders to discuss the upcoming EU summit, at his own initiative.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] PM: 2011 a crucial year for farm sector

    (ANA-MPA) -- Prime Minister George Papandreou on Sunday addressed a regional conference on agriculture production in the Cretan port city of Rethymno, where he told participants that 2011 will be a year of major changes in the sector.

    Papandreou outlined his government's priorities in the sector, while expressing a notion that agriculture production can become a key to leading the country out of the economic recession. (ANA-MPA)

    "We have a difficult effort to change the country ... we must break the fiefdoms and exploit the state correctly ... the agriculture sector may not have been organised correctly, but it has a future. We are beginning a major effort from Rethymno, a viable, organised effort to create wealth, because this is necessary for the country's interests," he said. (ANA-MPA)

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [03] Development minister pledges to stamp down on rising prices

    ANA-MPa/Regional development minister Michalis Chryssohoidis pledged to stamp down on rising prices and expensiveness on the market, in an interview in To Vima newspaper appearing on Sunday, while he reiterated that there will be price reductions by Christmas despite a rise in fuel prices.ana-mpa

    Chryssohoidis backed the changes being made by the government, but added that in specific sectors "special attention is necessary to avoid social tension".

    He added that more self-criticism is needed "by those who led the country to this situation", and also a more responsible stance from here on.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [04] State of emergency declared on Samos

    ANA-MPA/A state of emergency was declared Sunday on the island of Samos, which has been hard-hit by adverse weather conditions that have affected all of Greece since Saturday noon.

    Rising water covered the coastal road of the city of Samos, cutting off any access by pedestrians and vehicles, in stormy seas and wind velocities of up to 10 Beaufort, while snow also fell on high ground.ana-mpa

    The Xenokratis emergency plan was activated late Saturday night, and the army placed sacks of sand along the entire coastal road to protect shops that were in danger of flooding.

    Traffic was being diverted by police and port officials.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [05] Megaron concert at Aghios Panteleimonas cathedral

    ANA-MPA/A special concert performance was given on Sunday afternoon by the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron) at the Aghios (St.) Panteleimonas cathedral in downtown Athens, part of an initiative by the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Greece to ease tensions in the same-name inner city district.

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, the visiting Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios as well as Megaron President Yiannis Manos joined Ieronymos at the event.ana-mpa

    The Aghios Panteleimonas district, and in particular the square where the large cathedral stands, has shot to the national limelight over the past two to three years as the site of angry rallies by local residents -- often infiltrated by extremist nationalist groups -- against what they charge is an illegal immigrant fueled crime wave and downgrading of the neighbourhood. Rallies and protests by the former groups have been followed by counter-rallies by leftist groups and self-styled "anti-state" activists.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [06] Greek economy at crucial crossroads

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek economy's reform programme is at a "crucial crossroads", because success depends on the promotion of a variety major and radical changes within the next few months, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was quoted in the Sunday edition of the newspaper "Kathimerini".

    "We will work with our European partners for a solution that allows Greece more room to breathe," he said, while hinted at the possibility of changes to an EU-ECB-IMF memorandum envisioned in the 110-billion-euro bailout plan. (ANA-MPA)

    Moreover, he reiterated the IMF's support in favour of an extension of the payback period for the support mechanism's loans.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [07] ND leader in Thessaloniki

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras will be in Thessaloniki on Monday for talks with representatives of the productive groups ahead of a debate in parliament on the 2011 state budget, while he will also address a dinner co-organised by the local Chambers.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [08] Public transport stoppage

    (ANA-MPA)- Athens public transport employees will be staging a work stoppage on Monday in protest of the government's changes in public transport as well as in labour relations.

    Work stoppages on Monday will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m..ana-mpa

    Public transport employees also held a work stoppage on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [09] Olympiakos regains lead

    ANA-MPA/Olympiacos Piraeus broke away from Panathinaikos Athens on Sunday evening to top the standings of the Greek Super League after overcoming a tough Atromitos Athens side 2-1 at home. The win, coupled with Panathinaikos' 0-0 draw away against Asteras Tripolis, left the Piraeus club two points ahead of its Athens rival.

    In other action:

    Olympiacos Volos-Aris Thessaloniki 1-1

    PAOK Thessaloniki-Iraklis Thessaloniki 1-0

    Xanthi-Kavala 1-1

    Panserraikos-Panionios Athens 1-1

    Ergotelis Crete-Kerkyra 3-0

    AEK Athens-Larissa 4-0

    Standings after 14 weeks of play:

    1. Olympiacos P. 33 points

    2. Panathinaikos 31

    3. PAOK 23

    AEK 23

    5. Aris 20

    Kavala 20

    7. Xanthi 18

    8. Olympiacos Volos 17

    Ergotelis 17

    10. Iraklis 16

    Kerkyra 16

    12. Atromitos 15

    Panserraikos 15

    Asteras 15

    15. Panionios 14

    16. Larissa 11

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    [10] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The opening of discussion in parliament of an omnibus bill containing changes to labor relations, cuts in DEKO (public utilities and organisations) salaries and taxation changes, and worker mobilisations, were the main front-page items in Athens' dailies on Monday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "The entire Opposition takes battle positions..."

    AVRIANI: "The insurance companies' 'bubble' has snapped".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Golden salaries - 6,430 euros monthly each for six aides of the government spokesman".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Political fraud with the 'source of wealth' statements for purchase of first home".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Strike carols - 'Explosion' of worker mobilisations from today, continuing to after Christmas".

    ESTIA: "October 2011 a landmark date" for the economy.

    ETHNOS: "The changes to pensions in all the social security funds".

    IMERISSIA: "Salary reductions in 10 listed DEKO".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "New measures for (collection of) 12.8 billion euros in the 3-year period 2012-2014".

    TA NEA: "The provisions of the bill on primary healthcare in the ESY (National Health System) and IKA (state Social Security Foundation)".

    VRADYNI: "Auxiliary health benefits to be cut".

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