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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Government on return to drachma
  • [02] Probe on former prosecutor Sanidas shelved
  • [03] New work stoppage by local administration employees on Wednesday
  • [04] Christmas dinner cost 7.1% down
  • [05] Navy welcomes 'Papanikolis'
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Government on return to drachma

    ANA-MPA/Greek government spokesman George Petalotis ruled out the prospect of early elections or a return to the drachma currency while speaking to the radio station 'Real FM' on Tuesday.

    "We are not discussing a return to the drachma, these are scenarios that neither touch nor concern us, not even in the theoretical planning we carry out, because there is no reason for it," he underlined.ana-mpa

    Petalotis also emphasised that there was no question of Greece exiting the eurozone or the EU and pointed out that the recent EU summit had taken important decisions to preserve the stability of the euro.

    "When we talk of stability, an important part is monetary stability and from there on there is European cohesion and other factors. The EU Summit but also the EU in general, even though there are many viewpoints and trends, I believe can protect this monetary stability today. Therefore, this is the framework we are moving in," he added.

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    [02] Probe on former prosecutor Sanidas shelved

    ANA-MPA/ Supreme Court Assistant Prosecutor Roussos Papadakis on Tuesday shelved a request filed by Justice Minister Haris Kastanidis to investigate whether Supreme Court former Prosecutor Georgios Sanidas was guilty of abuse of power in relation to the land swap case between the Vatopedi Monastery and the Greek State.

    Papadakis justified his decision by pointing out that there was no evidence against Sanidas as regards the Vatopedi case. ana-mpa

    Last September, Kastanidis had filed a request for an investigation on possible criminal liability on behalf of Sanidas when he was in charge of the investigation on the land swaps case.

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    [03] New work stoppage by local administration employees on Wednesday

    ANA-MPA/Local administration employees will abstain from their duties from 11 in the morning until the end of their shift on Wednesday, following a decision by the POE-OTA union to call a four-hour nationwide work stoppage, demanding the "defending of basic labour and economic rights that are being disputed and reversed by the policies being exercised."ana-mpa

    The new work stoppage is expected to worsen the problem of accumulated garbage in the capital's neighbourhoods over the past 20 days.

    For the time being, however, Athens continues to be "stifled" by garbage and the festive atmosphere does not appear to be daunting employees in the cleanliness sector.

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    [04] Christmas dinner cost 7.1% down

    ANA-MPA/The cost of Christmas dinner will be 7.10 percent cheaper this year compared with the same time last year, according to data released on Tuesday by the price observatory at the regional development and competitiveness ministry.

    A ministry announcement said that a Christmas dinner for six people will cost an estimated 137.76 euro on average in 2010, down from 148.29 euro for the same items bought on the same day (December 16) in 2009.ana-mpa

    Prices were lower for meats such as turkey (14.75 pct), pork (4.15 pct) and lamb (up 6.75 pct), as well as several kinds of vegetables and seasonal sweets and cakes.

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    [05] Navy welcomes 'Papanikolis'

    -P/The Greek Navy welcomed the submarine "Papanikolis" during a special event held at the Salamina naval base on Tuesday, in the presence of the Defence ministry's leadership.

    Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos reiterated that the Navy is requesting that the "Papanikolis" remain in the fleet's force, also stressing that the agreement for the new frigates will not be organised with terms that will be inferior to the agreement for the submarines.ana-mpa

    Addressing the new submarine's captain and crew, the minister expressed his satisfaction over the successful outcome of their mission and called on the Navy's leadership to have this mentioned in their individual files.

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    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The annual debate in Parliament over the 2011 state budget, decisions to open so-called "closed professions" and a new possible downgrading of the Greek economy by an international ratings service mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Changes in salaries, pension and taxes from Jan. 1, 2011.

    AVGHI: "From bad to worse..."

    AVRIANI: "Government's decision to extract oil will cover 30 percent of country's needs".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "PASOK MPs reject economic policy".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Problem with closed professions' bill".

    ESTIA: "Garbage during Christmas has become an annual tradition".

    ETHNOS: "Ministers' backstabbing, MPs nagging".

    IMERISSIA: "Rating firm Fitch warns over new downgrading".

    KATHIMERINI: "Redeployment and turbulence in government".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Pressure for new downgrading intensifies".

    NIKI: "Tax storm arrives with new year".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Anti-popular policy of health -- operation of public agencies as private enterprises".

    TA NEA: "Sweeping draft law for closed professions".

    VRADYNI: "Development via ... gambling".

    (-PA)

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