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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM addresses last Cabinet meeting of 2010
  • [02] Greek PPI up 5.9% in Nov.
  • [03] ND on opening of 'closed professions'
  • [04] Winter resort prices ease
  • [05] Public sector payroll cut

  • [01] PM addresses last Cabinet meeting of 2010

    (ANA-MPA) -- "The government's goal for 2011 is to be the last year of recession, while 2012 will be the year when economic growth will be launched so that in 2013, everything that led us to the crisis will be left behind," Prime Minister George Papandreou underlined on Wednesday, speaking during the last Cabinet meeting of the year.

    The premier stated that this was the 31st cabinet meeting since the beginning of the year and the 39th since he took office.

    "This past year, the Greek people have been tested as never before," he said, adding that "no government and no politician would have wanted to handle such a national crisis but it was our duty and we have done it."

    "If we hadn't done what we did, we wouldn't be able to prevent the country's bankruptcy and we would have been responsible for not doing everything in our power," he said. (ANA-MPA)

    "In 2010, we managed to withstand the biggest crisis Greeks ever went through in recent history and, at the same time, major reforms of historic importance were launched for the creation of a new Greece," he stressed. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Greek PPI up 5.9% in Nov.

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    [03] ND on opening of 'closed professions'

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos, commenting on Wednesday on "the contradictory statements by ministers, as well as the leaks from government offices on the issue of the closed professions", said that "the prime minister does not have the right to play communication games on the backs of hundreds of thousands of professionals, threatening to blow into the air the programming of their life, which they have made, decades ago."

    Panagiotopoulos added that "before any legislative arrangement on the closed professions, Mr. Papandreou, as ND president Antonis Samaras has already called on him, he must himself make a direct dialogue with every branch and every professional category separately." (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Winter resort prices ease

    (ANA-MPA) -- Hotels in popular winter resort destinations around Greece have reportedly lowered rates this holiday season compared to last year's prices.

    In the mountainous village of Arachova, located on the southern slopes of the Parnassus mountain range, local hotel owners have reduced prices between 15 and 30 pct despite the fact that reservations are already as high as 90 pct, the president of the Arachova hotel owners' association told the ANA-MPA. Expectedly, even lower prices, down by up 50 pct, are offered to travelers who choose to visit the region after Jan. 9, following the end of the holidays.

    In the central and mountainous region of Evritania, hotel rates dropped 20 pct compared to last year, according to the local hotel owners' association, while occupancy rates are satisfactory. Lower prices are also available in hotels on Mt Pilio in the prefecture of Magnesia, the local association said. (ANA-MPA)

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    [05] Public sector payroll cut

    (ANA-MPA) -- Payroll spending by Greeceās 52 public sector enterprises was down 15 pct, or 143.4 million euros, in the January-September period this year, compared with the same period in 2009, with the government expecting to save around 220 million euros for the year, a finance ministry announcement stated on Wednesday.

    Total payroll was 812.3 million euros in the nine-month period, down from 955.7 million euros in 2009, reflecting a cost-cutting policy implemented for public sector enterprises. (ANA-MPA)

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