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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-04-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Police, Frontex intercept would-be migrants near Evros River
  • [02] ND on bldg. legalisation idea
  • [03] Borrowing from ECB drops in Feb
  • [04] Summer museum schedule 

  • [01] Police, Frontex intercept would-be migrants near Evros River

    (ANA-MPA) -- Police in Alexandroupolis, NE Greece, in cooperation with Frontex forces, intercepted eight illegal migrants in the Peplo district (Evros prefecture) on the Greek-Turkish frontier, it was announced on Thursday.

    The illegal migrants were spotted by a Frontex aircraft patrolling over the area, and were intercepted while disembarking from a flimsy inflatable craft onto the Greek bank of the Evros River. A pair of migrant smugglers managed to flee back to the Turkish side of the river, authorities said. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] ND on bldg. legalisation idea

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis sharply criticised what he termed as disagreements between Environment Minister Tina Birbili and Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou over plans to raise revenue through measures legalising buildings erected without valid permits.

    "These people do not even know what they are signing," he said of the ruling party, pointing out that there was provision for the sums raised this way in the 2011 budget passed by PASOK.

    "When Ms Birbili signed the budget, didn't she know where this 400 or 300 million euros was coming from?" Mihelakis asked.

    The ND spokesman also claimed that the rise in Greek bond spreads clearly reflected a failure of the government's policy.

    Commenting on a VPRC opinion poll published in a local weekly, the spokesman said the gap between the two main parties was closing and was now just one percentage point. "ND's goal was to persuade undecided voters that it had a programme capable of leading the country out of the crisis", he added. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Borrowing from ECB drops in Feb

    (ANA-MPA) -- Dependence of Greek banks on the European Central Bank (ECB) continued to drop in February, according to figures released by the Bank of Greece on Thursday. These showed that sums borrowed by Greek banks from the ECB fell to 90.4 billion euro in February 2011, (ANA-MPA) from 94.4 billion euro in January 2011.

    The Bank of Greece has asked highstreet banks to submit plans that will gradually 'wean' them from dependence on capital supplied by the ECB by mid-May. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Summer museum schedule

    (ANA-MPA) -- The national Federation of Tourism Enterprises (GEPOET) on Thursday called on the culture and tourism minister to issue a decision that will immediately implement summertime opening hours for museums and archaeological sites nationwide.

    The federation underlined that the delay recorded makes the scheduling of summer season tourist visits to museums and archaeological sites impossible. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: A file photo dated April 21, 2009 shows the archaeological site at Cape Sounion. ANA-MPA / S. PANTZARTZI

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