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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ND: No to consensus over Memorandum
  • [02] Unleaded gas price in Greece second highest in Europe
  • [03] Alpha Bank reports lower results in Q1
  • [04] Special Olympics ceremony details 

  • [01] ND: No to consensus over Memorandum

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras, addressing the annual general assembly of the Federation of Hellenic Enterprises on Tuesday, and hours after meeting Prime Minister George Papandreou, again emphasised:

    "When we offered consensus to the government they replied with polemics. When we proposed measures to them in order to avoid the worse they replied to us with sarcasm. Today, when they are seeing that their path is leading to a deadlock, they are asking me for consent. To what?"

    Speaking of a "memorandum Waterloo", Samaras pinpointed his intentions regarding the points in the Medium-term Fiscal Strategy Programme. He clarified that he will not agree to an increase in tax rates, while he said he would insist on the strategy of utilising the public sector's real estate.

    As regards privatisations, the ND leader insisted on this strategy with a growth-oriented and not a solely revenue-generating attitude, stressing that he will not accept the sale of a share package of the Public Power Corp. amid a crashing stock exchange, without the breaking up of the state monopoly. At the same time he made it clear that he will deal a blow at the "peculiar privileges" that were abused by various unions in the public sector.

    Referring to the government's tax policy, Samaras spoke of a "tax raid that froze everyone" and noted that he will not consent to this "disaster".

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    [02] Unleaded gas price in Greece second highest in Europe

    (ANA-MPA) -- The price of unleaded gas in Greece is the second highest in Europe after the Netherlands, while as regards the price of diesel, Greece is the most expensive country, the ...

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    [03] Alpha Bank reports lower results in Q1

    (ANA-MPA) --

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    [04] Special Olympics ceremony details

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias will officially declare the opening of the "Athens 2011" Special Olympics on June 25, at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens. This was announced on Tuesday by the head of the Special Olympics organising committee Joanna Despotopoulou, who also unveiled details of the opening and closing ceremonies, overseen by Fokas Evangelinos.

    The opening ceremony will feature a greeting by Prime Minister George Papandreou and Special Olympics International Chairman Dr. Timothy Shriver, while several heads of state, ministers, athletes and celebrities will be among the guests on the opening night.

    Music legend Stevie Wonder and his band will be in charge of the music at the opening ceremony. Presenters during the ceremony will be local television celebrity Giorgos Kapoutzidis and US celebrity Maria Menounos.

    Despotopoulou noted that both the opening and closing ceremonies had been designed "with a sense of moderation" and that they were the only events during the Special Olympics where one needed a ticket to attend, inviting all to attend and contribute to the Special Olympics movement. (ANA-MPA)

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