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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-02-15

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

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  • [01] Legislation to prohibit sale of public land
  • [02] BoG: Substantial progress made 

  • [01] Legislation to prohibit sale of public land

    (ANA-MPA)Prime minister George Papandreou on Tuesday announced that the government will take a legislative initiative in the next few days that will prohibit the sale or transfer of ownership of public land.

    Addressing a greeting to the first meeting of the National Council on Life-Long Learning and connection with Employment, Papandreou added that he will ask all the political parties, through dialogue, to agree to such a legislative regulation and at a later time, with the revision of the Constitution, that this be contained in the Constitution as well.(ANA-MPA)

    Papandreou added that only Parliament will be given the authority to decide on the transfer of small expanses of land.(ANA-MPA)

    This, he said, is the government's reply to the current conjuncture but also in the long-term, and reiterated: "Our firm position is -- and I say this to everyone inside and outside the country who have not appreciated it -- that we are talking about exploitation of the state assets for development and for debt repayment. The term 'exploitation' should not be confused with the term 'sale'. Greece is not selling its land."(ANA-MPA)

    "Our obligation is to make deep-rooted changes and rid the country of dependence and Memorandums. No one is proud that, every so often, some gentlemen come and inspect our work," Papandreou said in an indirect reference to the EU-IMF troika's recent press conference in Athens and ensuing reactions.(ANA-MPA)

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    [02] BoG: Substantial progress made

    (ANA-MPA)The Bank of Greece (BoG) ascertained "substantial steps of progress" in tackling the country's immense debt and weak competitiveness, in its annual Monetary Policy Report for 2010-2011 which was submitted by the central bank chief George Provopoulos to the parliament president on Tuesday.

    However, despite the progress observed, "there are still many things that need to be done", Provopoulos said, adding his belief that "we need to speed up the structural changes, to act faster and more decisively".(ANA-MPA)

    "In the current conditions that is the only safe way to bring economic growth to the country more quickly," the BoG governor said while submitted the report.(ANA-MPA)

    Parliament president Filippos Petsalnikos warned that "we must not become complacent", stressing that the rate and momentum of the changes must not slow down, "particularly the structural measures, which are necessary for our country to stand on its own feet once again".(ANA-MPA)

    Petsalnikos said parliament will study the report with due attention, and anticipated that the government and the entire political community, and above all the Greek people, will act towards the same goal, that Greece will never again find itself in a similar situation as recently.(ANA-MPA)

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