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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-03

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ND leader covers gamut of issues
  • [02] Downpour causes problems greater Athens area
  • [03] Work stoppages in Athens transports
  • [04] Longer shifts for civil services 

  • [01] ND leader covers gamut of issues

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Thursday lashed out at the government, accusing it of treating the country like "a company undergoing liquidation".

    Speaking before his party's Parliamentary group, Samaras stressed that the country needs a government that can change the terms of the memorandum, while he accused the government of preparing a new package of austerity measures without showing any social sensitivity.

    The ND president repeated that measures boosting growth are necessary for the country to get out of the crisis. (ANA-MPA)

    As regards the parliamentary investigation committees, Samaras accused the government of attempting to keep ND hostage and repeated his proposal for backdated processing of "sources of wealth" statements, submitted by political figures who took office in the period following the restoration of democracy in the country (1974).

    On the illegal migration issue, he stressed that it is "hypocritical and inconsistent" to pass legislation (a naturalisation) that attracts migrants and, at the same time, build a fence to keep them out.

    He did not rule out the likelihood of snap elections that will be "the result of the people's rage". (ANA-MPA)

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

    

    [02] Downpour causes problems greater Athens area

    (ANA-MPA) -- Thursday's heavy rainfall caused problems throughout the greater Athens area, with traffic problems and flash flooding. Transports were disrupted by flooding in several parts of eastern Attica, close to the airport, and in several locations in southern coastal Athens.

    The fire brigade received nearly 90 calls for fallen trees flooded basements and stores.

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

    

    [03] Work stoppages in Athens transports

    (ANA-MPA) -- Commuters in the greater Athens region will face more public transport work-stoppages on Friday, although fewer problems are expected compared to previous days, when the Greek capital was plagued by repeated strikes against the draft law reforming the sector.

    Bus drivers will observe a work-stoppage between 11.00 and 15.30, trolley drivers between 11.00 and 15.00, while the Athens-Piraeus Electric Railway (ISAP) will face a four-hour work-stoppage beginning at noon.

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

    

    [04] Longer shifts for civil services

    (ANA-MPA) -- Interior Minister Yiannis Ragoussis on Thursday announced ministry plans to increase work hours for civil services -- by 2 1/2 hours weekly -- from the current 37 1/2 hours to 40 hours per week, similar to the private sector.

    He made the announcement during a meeting with the presidium of the civil servants' umbrella federation ADEDY.

    Additionally, the minister said the government will keep certain "vital services" open to the public in the afternoons as well.

    Regarding the second proposed initiative, Ragoussis stressed that the ministry was not referring a schedule broken into a morning and afternoon shift, but one continuous shift. (ANA-MPA)

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


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