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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-04-11

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Strike at General Accounting Office
  • [02] Gov't: Tax amnesty proceeds 1.3 bln euros
  • [03] Ruling party submits proposal for Parliamentary probe into submarine case
  • [04] WWII Roupel anniversary
  • [05] Exports up 35.2% in Feb.
  • [06] Greek-Israeli tourism protocol 

  • [01] Strike at General Accounting Office

    Staff at Greece's General Accounting Office have announced a four-day strike beginning on Tuesday, in opposition to the removal of authority over certain functions from GAO services and cuts to their fund finances. A meeting with Deputy Finance Minister Philippos Sahinidis is pending, however, to discuss their demands.

    The four-day strike, if it takes place, is expected to block payment of Easter benefits to pensioners and public-sector staff, as well as payment of public-sector salaries since there will be no one to sign payment orders to banks.

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    [02] Gov't: Tax amnesty proceeds 1.3 bln euros

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek state's proceeds from a scheme offering tax amnesty to self-employed taxpayers totaled 1.3 billion euros last year, of which 717 million euros were paid through commercial banks. To view the remainder of the article please contact the ANA-MPA's subscription department at 2106400560. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Ruling party submits proposal for Parliamentary probe into submarine case

    The ruling PASOK Parliamentary group will submit a proposal to set up a preliminary examination committee to investigate money-laundering allegations included in the case file of sub-standard German-made submarines purchased by the Hellenic Navy when Akis Tsohatzopoulos was minister of defence, it was announced on Monday.

    The decision was reached after studying the relevant case file forwarded to Parliament by the prosecutor's office. The process to be followed will ensure quickly and effectively that those responsible will be brought to justice, according to a statement issued by the PASOK parliamentary group.

    The proposal will be submitted within the next few days followed by a parliamentary vote after the Easter holidays.

    All other aspects of the submarine case have already been discussed extensively in the Special Standing Committee on Armament Programs and Contracts.

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

    

    [04] WWII Roupel anniversary

    (ANA-MPA) -- President Karolos Papoulias on Sunday attended a memorial service on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the WWII battle at the Roupel Fortress, on the Greek-Bulgarian frontier.

    The Greek president laid a wreath at the Roupel Monument and greeted one of the survivors of the battle, who was present in the ceremony and was honored for his valour.

    Afterwards, he attended a luncheon given in his honor at Timios Prodromos Monastery hosted by Metropolitan Makarios of Sidirokastro.

    The government was represented by Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: A file photo dated Monday, 23 October, 2006, shows the path to the Roupel Fortress Monument, just two kilometres from the Greek-Bulgarian border. ANA-MPA / V. PASCHALI

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    [05] Exports up 35.2% in Feb.

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek exports jumped 35.2 pct in February to 1.433 billion euros, up from 1.06 billion euros in the same month last year, a report by the Panhellenic Federation of Exporters - based on Hellenic Statistical Authoritys figures - revealed on Monday. (ANA-MPA)

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    [06] Greek-Israeli tourism protocol

    (ANA-MPA) -- Israeli Tourism Minister Stas Misezhnikov arrived in Greece over the weekend for an official visit, at the invitation of Culture & Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos, a follow-up to talks between the two ministers in Tel Aviv.

    On Sunday, Misezhnikov toured central Athens, including the Acropolis archaeological site and the New Acropolis Museum, while on Monday he was scheduled to sign a protocol of cooperation with Geroulanos for further enhancing tourism ties between the two countries.

    Tourist arrivals from Israel last year increased by 57 percent compared with 2009, while arrivals in January rose by 18 percent and in February by 33 percent. (ANA-MPA)

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