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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-02

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Samaras: I won't sign the mistake
  • [02] Panhellenic Exporters Federation predicts 8-10% increase in Greek exports in 2011
  • [03] American-Hellenic Chamber hosts Corporate Social Responsibility con'f
  • [04] Climate change action can help economy's problems, BoG governor claims
  • [05] 'Indignados' continue protest
  • [06] Gov't on 'South Corridor'
  • [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Samaras: I won't sign the mistake

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras stressed in Iraklio, Crete, on Wednesday evening that "if they (the government) decide elections, they shall be welcome. They must know, however, if elections are held, they will be held because they cannot rule, because they cannot ratify the new measures," adding that "I shall not give consensus for the mistake. I am not entitled to give. And I cannot give."

    Speaking to ND officials and supporters at a hotel in Ammoudara, Samaras criticised the government and sent messages to the prime minister as well as to the president of the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party.

    After saying that he is aware of how a Greek family is currently passing, he said he knows what it means for them to ascertain every day, not only that "they cannot cope, not only that they are chipping away at their income, but also that they are trying to take their dignity as well. I know all this. And that's why I am here, I am before you and I am telling you looking at you in the eyes: No, I am not countersigning the mistake," he said.

    Samaras further said that last year they were presenting him as being "unyielding" because he said no. Today, he added, they are trying to present him as being "the same" as the others, with those who said yes to the memorandum. "However, no matter what they do, we are not all the same," he added.

    Samaras then referred to the memorandum, saying that it is leading nowhere, "we saw that it is making the problem bigger it is not solving it, we ascertained that it is a 'medicine' which is worse than the illness."

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

    [02] Panhellenic Exporters Federation predicts 8-10% increase in Greek exports in 2011

    ANA-MPA/The National Exporters Federation anticipates an increase in Greek exports by 8-10 percent for 2011, as was announced in the account of activities presented at the federation's annual general assembly, by board president Christina Sakellaridi.

    She reminded that the more than doubling of the participation of Greek exports in the country's GDP has been set as a target, so that at the end of 2014 it will amount to 16 percent of GDP.

    Sakellaridi noted that the EU/ECB/IMF troika's representatives agreed with the need of eliminating the counterincentives that the federation presented to them and are the same that it has also indicated to the government. ana-mpa

    Regarding the course of exports she said that "March may have interrupted the series of 5 upward months since October 2010, but the increase rates of exports are still extremely positive. In the first quarter of 2011, Greek exports are 12.5 percent higher compared to last year."

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    [03] American-Hellenic Chamber hosts Corporate Social Responsibility con'f

    ANA-MPA/The reduction of cost through corporate social responsibility in all production stages, from the supply of raw materials to the final product distribution, was among the issues discussed in the 9th annual Corporate Social Responsibility conference held on Wednesday by the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee.

    The conference on "Building Responsible Companies - Maximizing Benefits through a Sustainable Supply Chain" focused on the demanding relationships that all companies face in their supply chains and how improving supply chain interactions can lead to a more complementary, productive and sustainable business environment. ana-mpa

    Addressing the conference, American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce President Yanos Gramatidis referred to the deep economic crisis the country is in underlining that "the circumstances can create an opportunity for the Greek entrepreneurship to prove that it is an integral part of society, a force of development and social prosperity." He also added that the public sector, being the largest user and buyer in the supply chain, should focus on maximizing the corporate social responsibility benefits.

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    [04] Climate change action can help economy's problems, BoG governor claims

    ANA-MPA/In spite of Greece's current economic difficulties, action on climate change will prove beneficial for its economy in the long-term, Bank of Greece governor George Provopoulos stressed on Wednesday. He was speaking at an event to present the central bank's report on "The environmental, economic and social repercussions of climate change on Greece" held at the Athens concert hall.

    "The adoption of policies to mitigate the repercussions of climate change on Greece and policies for adapting to these changes, while appearing to be obstructed by today's acute economic problem, can truly contribute to its solution," he stressed.ana-mpa

    According to the report prepared by a team set up by Provopoulos in 2009, a programme to drastically reduce greenhouse gases will greatly reduce the negative impact of climate change on the Greek economy by the end of the century.

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    [05] 'Indignados' continue protest

    -PA/The "Indignados" of Athens once again honoured their rendez-vous at Syntagma Square in Athens at 6 on Wednesday evening in a protest gathering against economic policies.ana-mpa

    The new aspect in the event was the appearance of over 300 motorcyclists who drove from Lycabettus round the square and stopped in front of the House of Parliament. With flags and the incessant honking of horns they joined their vioices with the rest austerity measures.

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    [06] Gov't on 'South Corridor'

    ANA-MPA/In a meeting with a high-ranking BP executive on Wednesday, Greece's Environment Tina Birbili asserted that the southern corridor natgas supply from the Caspian Sea to Europe should begin via the ITGI (Interconnection Turkey-Greece-Italy) pipeline, with other pipelines added when additional quantities of natural gas were available.

    Birbili and Deputy Environment Minister Yiannis Maniatis supported this position during their meeting with Alasdair Cook, BP Vice President for the Shah Deniz II Development in Azerbaijan.ana-mpa

    Currently, consortiums for the ITGI, Nabucco and Trans-Adriatic (TAP) pipelines are all competing for the output of the Shah Deniz gas field. The Greek government's position is that the ITGI has precedence because it is the most mature and advanced project on the southern corridor and the most competitive.

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    [07] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The mergers and shut downs of public entities, the planned reduction of the tax-free ceiling, and the sale of an additional 10 percent stake in Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation to Deutsche Telekom, mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Express exit from 'heavy and hazardous' category for 250,000 workers".

    AVGHI: "Government in state of panic".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "55 percent tax 'surcharge' for 400,000 professionals".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "14-point plan for Greece".

    ESTIA: "The system is collapsing".

    ETHNOS: "Cut to tax-free ceilings for all".

    IMERISSIA: "10 percent stake in OTE to DT for 410 million euros".

    KATHIMERINI: "Prime Minister George Papandreou's fears and the clouds over the economy".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Moody's rating agency downgraded Greece".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Slaughter-measures for the people".

    TA NEA: "Public sector: Minus one salary and lay-offs".

    VRADYNI: "New 'final extermination' measures".

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