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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM holds talks with political leaders
  • [02] Omnibus bill to be voted in parliament
  • [03] ND: Consensus only for growth
  • [04] Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline
  • [05] Contract on sea cruises
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] PM holds talks with political leaders

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou will have successive meetings at the Maximos mansion on Tuesday with the political party leaders ahead of the EU Summit to take place on Thursday and Friday in Brussels. The premier opened the round of discussions with main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras in the morning. Afterwards he will meet with Communist Party of Greece (KKE) secretary general Aleka Papariga, followed by Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) leader George Karatzaferis at 12:30.

    SYRIZA parliamentary group leader Alexis Tsipras has turned down the premier's invitation for a similar meeting. ana-mpa

    Later, Papandreou will chair a Cabinet meeting to discuss five draft laws, including one on restructuring the Attica urban transport system and another on structural changes in the health system.

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    [02] Omnibus bill to be voted in parliament

    ANA-MPA/The omnibus bill tabled by the government last week foreseeing changes in labour relations, cuts in DEKO (public utilities and organisations) salaries and taxation changes will be voted under urgent proceedings by the parliament plenary on Tuesday.ana-mpa

    The draft law was tabled on Thursday amid of a flurry of protests causing a wave of mobilisations and strikes.

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

    

    [03] ND: Consensus only for growth

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras on Monday addressed a dinner hosted at a hotel in Thessaloniki by the five major Chambers of Commerce (Hellenic-American, Hellenic-German, Hellenic-British, Hellenic-French and Hellenic-Italian), stressing that he will offer consensus for recovery if it is requested of him, but he will not provide consensus for measures leading to further decline.

    "If consensus is requested of me for recovery, I will offer it. I speak of recovery that will be felt in the market immediately, not of half measures. Recovery. Nothing less," Samaras said.ana-mpa

    "There is a way for us to exit from the vicious circles, there is hope, but with a different policy: With immediate recovery, not with decline. With longterm and viable growth, not with subsidence. Whoever wants to discuss with us how we shall achieve the immediate recovery, we are here and we shall help more than even the most optimistic hopes. But if they want us to agree to measures that lead to further decline, no. We shall not give such consensus to the deadlocks and suffocation. Let them seek consensus for suffocation elsewhere, not from us," the ND leader added.

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    [04] Burgas-Alexandroupolis pipeline

    ANA-MPA/Deputy Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Yiannis Maniatis on Monday sent a message to the Bulgarian government on the Burgas-Alexandroupolis oil pipeline during the Greek-Russian conference in Athens.

    Maniatis noted that Greece, one of the two member-states of the European Union participating in the project, has approved the preliminary environmental study based on all the strict European specifications and is in the assessment process for the final study.ana-mpa

    "Bulgaria's concern for the environmental repercussions of the project are known. However, the pipeline constitutes the most important international intervention to decrease the risks of an accident with tankers in the Dardanelles," Maniatis said.

    Regarding the "South Stream" natural gas pipeline that will channel natural gas through Bulgaria and Greece to Italy and will serve needs of the Greek market as well, Maniatis said that the project budgeted at 750 million euros is anticipated to be completed in 2015.

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    [05] Contract on sea cruises

    ANA-MPA/A joint ministerial decision that defines the necessary supporting documents and the content of the contract for sea cruises performed by ships under non-community flags originating in Greek ports will be signed on Tuesday by Maritime Affairs, Islands and Fisheries Minister Yiannis Diamantidis and Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos.ana-mpa

    The goal of the joint ministerial decision is to provide incentives to sea cruise companies to operate in Greek ports.

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    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Reactions to the omnibus bill containing changes to labor relations, cuts in DEKO (public utilities and organisations) salaries and taxation changes to be voted on in parliament on Tuesday, and worker mobilisations, were the main front-page items in Tuesday's dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Week of exhausting strikes begins".

    AVGHI: "Strike blockade against the 'coup' (upset of labor relations and worker remuneration via the omnibus bill)".

    AVRIANI: "Theatrics by PASOK deputies - Rebels in the (parliamentary) committees...lambs in the voting".

    ELEFTHEROS: "George (prime minister Papandreou) fears 'mutiny' by (14) PASOK MPs in parliament (in vote on omnibus bill)".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Government writing off 24 billion euros in debts of 'sharks', while milking the last euros from the salary earners".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Uprooting of remuneration...outcry (by PASOK MPs) against ministers".

    ESTIA: "Who destroyed the public sector".

    ETHNOS: "Crash test for government in parliament".

    IMERISSIA: "Critical battle for the reforms".

    KATHIMERINI: "Government undergoing stress test".

    LOGOS: "Volley of fire against omnibus bill by PASOK deputies, too".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "The changes to labor relations give rise to tension".

    NIKI: "Mutiny against omnibus bill".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Alert: Everyone take part in tomorrow's (Wednesday's) strike against the policy of the monopolies".

    TA NEA: "Papandreou-Samaras meeting today (Tuesday) and...they are united by the (changes to the) DEKO".

    VRADYNI: "The 'trap' of consensus".

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