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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM addresses 'International Transparency' conf'
  • [02] FinMin: Simplified tax laws a major project
  • [03] Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos in hospital
  • [04] ND on Luxemburg meeting
  • [05] KKE on economic crisis
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] PM addresses 'International Transparency' conf'

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing an "International Transparency" conference on Monday on the theme "State and corruption: How to Build High Levels of Integrity", stressed that transparency, solidarity and meritocracy are the principles "we are serving".

    Papandreou referred to the pathogenies of the Greek state and to the efforts the government is making lately to change things.

    The prime minister attributed to practices of untransparency all that is taking place in the international economy lately as well, the actions of markets, as well as the attack Greece sustained as well as the euro last Friday.ana-mpa

    Papandreou termed as "criminal propaganda" against the country what has taken place in the past days, as he said, against the euro. He said they are undermining the country as well as the eurozone.

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    [02] FinMin: Simplified tax laws a major project

    ANA-MPA/The major project for the Greek government is a radical simplification of tax laws in the country, Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou emphasised on Monday.

    Addressing a conference organised by Transparency International Greece on the issue of "State and corruption: How to Build High Levels of Integrity", Papaconstantinou, commenting on "grey zones" existing in the relations between taxpayers and tax agency officials, stressed that taxpayers must be kept out of tax agencies. ana-mpa

    Along these lines, he recently announced a drastic cut in the number of tax bureaus around the country -- from 300 to around 80 -- in an effort to combat corruption.ana-mpa

    The minister reiterated once again that tax evasion was a crime and noted that this crime was so big that was undermining a recovery of the economy. He added that he did not believe in the necessity of one single tax factor, but to a progressive tax system.

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    [03] Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos in hospital

    ANA-MPA/Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos is being treated at a hospital in the city of Agrinio, western Greece, following a double fracture in the leg he sustained as he was entering the church of Agios Christoforos.ana-mpa

    As the Archbishop was coming out of his car to go to the church, he slipped, probably due to slipperiness caused by rain, resulting in his injury.

    Archbishop Ieronymos was in Agrinio to attend events regarding the celebration of patron saint Christoforos, while earlier he had been proclaimed an honourary citizen of Agrinio.

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    [04] ND on Luxemburg meeting

    ANA-MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis on Monday told reporters that the government provided no details concerning last Friday's meeting in Luxemburg, which focused on economic developments in Greece.

    Mihelakis stressed that there are "only scenarios available and not facts", pointing out that "even government officials were unaware" of the meeting.ana-mpa

    He spoke of "government propaganda" when asked to comment on whether ND leader Antonis Samaras is "pressured" from abroad, the European People's Party (EPP) in particular, to give his consent to new government-imposed austerity measures.

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    [05] KKE on economic crisis

    ANA-MPA/Communist Party of Greece (KKE) secretary general Aleka Papariga, speaking in an interview with NET on Monday, said the government and the EU are discussing how the so-called 'haircut' will take place, "we call it degradation of capital, destruction of production forces, we have our own terms."

    Papariga added that she was not surprised with all that happened in Eurogroup meeting in Luxembourg on Friday, noting that the discussion that must take place is "who will foot the bill most".ANA-MPA

    Asked whether bankruptcy or the so-called "haircut" of the Greek debt is a one-way path, the KKE leader said that in the past and now, for the cycle of the capitalist crisis to be able to close and the profit-making of capital to begin again, apart from the rights of working people being destroyed a part of capital must also be destroyed or degraded. This will be enterprises, a part of enterprises, because they cannot do otherwise, she added.

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    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Prime Minister George Papandreou's meeting on Tuesday with President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, Health Minister Andreas Loverdos' statements on Monday and deliberations in the EU on Greece's economic support, mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Aroma of early elections".

    AVGHI: "Government prepares the ground for a new loan and a new Memorandum".

    AVRIANI: "George (Papandreou) to escape through elections".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "New Memorandum with 50-60 billion euros additional loan brings scent of elections".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Loverdos 'leader-like' appearance" sent ultimatum to Papandreou".

    ESTIA: "PASOK (ruling party) is destroying the economy".

    ETHNOS: "End to lies - Health Minister Andreas Loverdos' intervention a herald of developments".

    IMERISSIA: "Solution at cliff's edge - Deliberations over Memorandum no. 2".

    KATHIMERINI: "Ministers send dramatic SOS".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "New 'memorandum loan" and more difficult years".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Hurricane of new antisocial measures in view of controlled destruction of capital".

    TA NEA: "George seeks clear solutions".

    VRADYNI: "Ceiling on pensions".

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