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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-20

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM meets ETUC leadership
  • [02] Flower show in Athens opens Friday
  • [03] FM on isles' sovereignty
  • [04] Forest fire protection
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] PM meets ETUC leadership

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou on Thursday had a meeting in Parliament with the leadership of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC).

    Addressing the ETUC leaders, Papandreou stressed that "we are experiencing a very difficult period and the only thing I can say is that I agree with some of the proposals you have tabled such as, for example, the tax on monetary transactions and the idea of the eurobonds. I believe that if we had these tools in the EU, today we would be in a position to face the crisis in the eurozone in a much more effective way and, I would say, a much fairer way."ana-mpa

    The prime minister added that the tax on monetary transactions would not only cover the need for the payment of a price on the part of banks for their mistakes either in the US or in Europe, but it would also provide the possibility for growth in Europe, with investments in human potential and infrastructures, which growth would contribute in turn to the facing of the debt.ana-mpa

    Papandreou stressed that changes must take place in Greece, adding that the government is implementing many structural changes so that the economny will become viable, adding however that "if there was in Europe a stronger framework of economic, not only cooperation, but mainly governance which we want, this would make this transitional period much easier and, mainly, for working people."

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

    

    [02] Flower show in Athens opens Friday

    ANA-MPa/The Athens Flower Show, featuring more than 600 varieties of ornamental plants and flowers that Athenians can admire or even buy, is to be held in Kotzia Square opposite the Athens Town Hall from May 20 until June 5.

    The flower show is being organised jointly by the Athens municipality and the Attica Plant Nursery Association.

    Athens Mayor George Kaminis said the municipality was seeking to raise environmental awareness via the flower show, using it to promote issues such as recycling and active participation in keeping the city clean.ana-mpa

    To this end, the Flower Show will for the first time also include an Environment Week lasting from May 28 until June 5, with a series of events and recycling as its central theme. The municipality will also have a pavilion for the Urban Fauna Service to promote protection of stray animals, where members of the public will be able to adopt stray puppies. Another aim of the flower show is to promote use of local plant species and raising awareness and public participation in the planting of more greenery in Athens.

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

    

    [03] FM on isles' sovereignty

    ANA-MPA/Foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras on Thursday was categorical in rejecting attempts aimed at disputing the sovereignty of any part of the Greek territory.

    Responding to a question by a reporter as regards the issue raised by a Turkish politician concerning the Aegean islets of Agathonissi and Farmakonissi and the alleged reactions on behalf the Turkish foreign ministry, Delavekouras said "there is no vagueness in the sovereignty of even an inch of Greek territory as it was recently emphasised by the foreign minister." ana-mpa

    "The reality is clear and nobody can dispute it. Greece will not tolerate and will not accept any contestation. There is no room for doubting the sovereignty of any part of the Greek territory," he said.

    Regarding the visit by a group of Turkish citizens to Agathonissi on Wednesday, Delavekouras said Greek authorities' response was "immediate", stressing that the Turkish citizens left the area after it was pointed out that having the necessary legal documents with them was imperative. ana-mpa

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

    

    [04] Forest fire protection

    ANA-MPA/The Environment and Climate Change ministry on Thursday announced that 171.59 million euro will be spent on actions to protect vulnerable woodlands from fire. The money will be used fund fire-protection works carried out by forest authorities and local authorities, who are called upon to submit their proposals for funding by September 30, 2011.

    Up to 14,986,962 million euro will be used to open and improve road networks within forests that are economically exploited, with the aim of improving conditions of mountain populations and developing eco-tourism.ana-mpa

    A further 40.5 million euro is earmarked for works for fire-protection zones and fire-prevention, 22.5 million euro for water-course management works and 93.6 million euro for reforestation, anti-flooding and anti-erosion works in burnt forests.

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

    

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Disagreement in the government over the possibility of layoffs in the public sector, the tragic condition of social security funds, and the clash between European bankers and politicians over the management of the Greek debt, mostly dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Main opposition New Democracy (ND) against layoffs in public sector".

    AVGHI: "Crisis in ruling PASOK over the layoffs and the extreme austerity".

    AVRIANI: "We made a bloody mess of the European Union as well".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "14 percent cut in salaries, 8-hour work-week and half overtime".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Tax frenzy".

    ETHNOS: "Lump sum retirement superannuity with 'haircut' in public sector".

    IMERISSIA: "Agreement/breather until 2013 - 60 billion euros loan in exchange for harsher measures".

    KATHIMERINI: "Rift over the layoffs".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Greek state opens up severe 'eurobattle'."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "They are sending salaries, labour relations and social security rights to the firing squad yet again".

    TA NEA: "The Ultimatum According to Loukas (Papademos, former ECB vice president)".

    VRADYNI: "Social security funds are collapsing".

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Main opposition New Democracy (ND) against layoffs in public sector".

    AVGHI: "Crisis in ruling PASOK over the layoffs and the extreme austerity".

    AVRIANI: "We made a bloody mess of the European Union as well".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "14 percent cut in salaries, 8-hour work-week and half overtime".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Tax frenzy".

    ETHNOS: "Lump sum retirement superannuity with 'haircut' in public sector".

    IMERISSIA: "Agreement/breather until 2013 - 60 billion euros loan in exchange for harsher measures".

    KATHIMERINI: "Rift over the layoffs".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Greek state opens up severe 'eurobattle'."

    RIZOSPASTIS: "They are sending salaries, labour relations and social security rights to the firing squad yet again".

    TA NEA: "The Ultimatum According to Loukas (Papademos, former ECB vice president)".

    VRADYNI: "Social security funds are collapsing".

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