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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-06

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM's successive meetings in Parliament
  • [02] FinMin in Berlin
  • [03] Delphi Centre summer events open Friday
  • [04] US skipper of Gaza aid vessel released
  • [05] Frontex patrol detains 21 illegal migrants on boat, three migrant smugglers arrested
  • [06] Charges against 2 British women over alleged fake rape claim
  • [07] Negative credit expansion
  • [08] Road deaths down
  • [09] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM's successive meetings in Parliament

    ANA-MPA/Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday chaired successive meetings in Parliament focusing on unemployment, the judicial sector and economic growth.

    In the meeting with Manpower Employment Organization (OAED) president Elias Kikilias and National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) special secretary Ifigenia Orfanou, the talks focused on the absorbance of community funds used in tackling unemployment.

    The justice sector meeting attended Justice Minister Miltiadis Papaioannou, Interior Minister Haris Kastanidis, Development Minister Mihalis Chryssohoidis and Alternate Development Minister Haris Pamboukis. Discussions focused on vacancies in the sector's leadership, measures against civil servant corruption and the acceleration of procedures leading to court trials of major public interest.

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    [02] FinMin in Berlin

    ΑΝΑ-ΜPΑ/Government vice-president and finance minister Evangelos Venizelos will be in Berlin on Wednesday for a previously scheduled working dinner with his German counterpart Wolfgang Schauble, a ministry announcement said on Tuesday.

    A day earlier, Finance Minister and government vice-president Evangelos Venizelos chaired a wide inter-ministerial meeting for coordination of the government's actions for implementation of the Memorandum, the Medium-Term fiscal adjustment programme and the programme's Implementation Law.

    According to a ministry announcement Venizelos, in coordination with the prime minister and the parliament president, will submit to the Cabinet a specific timetable of the legislative initiatives dealing with the implementation of the Memorandum and the Medium-Term programme, given that a large number of initiatives need to be set in motion in the next two months.

    In that context, the inter-ministerial committee will be in session at both ministerial level and at the level of ministry secretaries general for constant monitoring of the timetable and list of required initiatives.

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    [03] Delphi Centre summer events open Friday

    The international symposium entitled "Byzantium and historical continuity" opens on July 8 at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (ECCD), followed by a Byzantine music concert.

    The central theme of this year's summer events at Delphi will focus on Byzantium from a political, cultural and artistic point of view.

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    [04] US skipper of Gaza aid vessel released

    ANA-MPA/The 60-year-old skipper of the US-flagged vessel "Audacity of Hope" was released on Tuesday with no restrictions, after appearing before a Piraeus examining magistrate. The skipper has been charged with one felony count and two misdemeanours for safety violations.

    A judicial council will subsequently decide whether he will be tried in court or whether the charges will be dismissed. ana-mpa

    The "Audacity of Hope" was part of a flotilla of five vessels carrying aid to Gaza that was banned from leaving Greek seaports, following a decision by the relevant citizens' protection ministry. The "quartet" on the Middle East (USA, Russia, EU, UN) had requested that all governments should use their influence and prevent the departure of the flotilla for Gaza.

    Meanwhile, it was still undetermined whether the French-flagged ship "Dignite Al-Karama" had passed through Greek territorial waters. The vessel, with eight people on board, is reportedly sailing in international waters en route to Gaza.

    According to coast guard sources, the vessel had set sail from Corsica on June 25 while a ban on the departure of vessels destined for Gaza was into effect in all French ports.

    Several "Free Gaza" flotilla vessels remain docked in Greek ports.

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    [05] Frontex patrol detains 21 illegal migrants on boat, three migrant smugglers arrested

    ANA-MPA/A group of 21 illegal migrants sailing on a wooden boat originating from the Turkish shores were intercepted by a Frontex EU border patrol team and taken to Souda port on Crete on Tuesday.

    The illegal migrants, including children, were spotted at dawn Tuesday by a Frontex patrol boat as it was sailing south of Kythira island.

    The migrants, all from Afghanistan, told authorities that they were trying to sail to Italy.

    Hania port chief Antonis Daskalakis told ANA-MPA that the Frontex patrol boat had at noon Monday spotted a suspicious boat sailing north of Crete, and when Frontex and Greek coast guard officers approached the vessel on Monday night they found that it was carrying illegal migrants.ana-mpa

    Authorities said the group of illegal migrants comprised 10 men, 3 women and 8 children aged 4-15, while 3 Turkish migrant-smugglers aboard were arrested. Two of the Turkish nationals, authorities said, stated that they were simply crew members.

    The migrants were taken to the old city hall at Souda, where they were given food and water before being examined by doctors, who found them to be in good condition. The children were taken to Hania hospital for precautionary reasons.

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    [06] Charges against 2 British women over alleged fake rape claim

    ANA-MPA) -- Two British women, who had filed a report with local police on Crete claiming they had been sexually assaulted by unidentified individuals, were charged with perjury and of filing a false complaint.

    According to reports, both women have since departed Greece as soon as received an official document listing the rape report.

    On June 22, the two women maintained that they were attacked and raped on the way back to their hotel after a night out. However, a police investigation and medical report found no proof that the specific crime was committed.

    A probe was begun into whether the two British nationals had intentionally made a false claim in order to receive a relevant certificate for use in their home country. (ANA-MPA)

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    [07] Negative credit expansion

    ANA-MPA/The annual growth rate of total credit granted to the domestic private sector decelerated further to -1.1 percent in May 2011, from -0.5 percent in April 2011 and 0.0 percent in December 2010, the Bank of Greece said on Tuesday.

    The central bank, in a monthly report, said the net flow of total credit to the domestic private sector was negative amounting to -1.557 million euros (May 2010: positive net flow of 167 million euros).

    The net flow of credit to enterprises in May 2011 was negative, amounting to -959 million euros (May 2010: positive net flow of 310 million euros) and the annual growth rate of credit decreased to 0.3 percent compared to 1.2 percent in April 2011 (December 2010: 1.1 percent). ana-mpa

    The net flow of credit to sole proprietors and unincorporated partnerships was also negative, amounting to -165 million euros in May 2011, and the annual rate of change of credit decreased in comparison with the previous month (May 2011: -3.2 percent, April 2011: -1.5 percent, December 2010: 0.3 percent).

    In May 2011, the net flow of credit to individuals and private non-profit institutions was negative, amounting to -433 million euros (May 2010: -143 million euros). As a result, the annual growth rate of credit to individuals and private non-profit institutions decreased further (May 2011: -2.3 percent, April 2011: -2.1 percent, December 2010: -1.2 percent).

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    [08] Road deaths down

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- Road deaths were down 10 pct in Greece in 2010 compared with 2009 (116 deaths per 1 million inhabitants), according to European Commission figures made public here on Tuesday. The number of deaths in road accidents in the EU dropped 11 pct (62 per 1 million inhabitants).

    The biggest decline was recorded in Luxemburg (33 pct), in Malta (29 pct), in Sweden and Slovakia (26 pct). Portugal was the only EU country recording an increase in fatal road accidents (+1 pct).

    The decline recorded in the number of fatalities in road accidents in Greece in 2010 was 30 pct compared with 2001, while in the EU was 43 pct.

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    [09] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The acceleration of reforms for implementation of the Medium-Term Fiscal Strategy Framework, the opening of closed professions, the shortened list of heavy and unhealthy professions and Europe's criticism of the rating firms, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ΑΔΕΣΜΕΥΤΟΣ ΤΥΠΟΣ: "Despite curtailment of hiring, number of civil service staff remains high at 668,158".

    AVGHI: "Implementation Law (for Mid-Term fiscal programme) devastates the low pensions".

    AVRIANI: "Ministers and MPs afraid of the people's rage".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Government makes secret cutbacks in low pensions".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Public services unaware of the opening of closed professions".

    ESTIA: "Gloomy predictions for Greece".

    ETHNOS: "Heavy and unhealthy professions list becomes lighter".

    IMERISSIA: "Open war with the foreign rating firms".

    KATHIMERINI: "Race for 30 changes in economy within 90 days".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Europe casts the gauntlet to the rating firms".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "New adverse 'framework law' will render higher education market-oriented".

    TA NEA: "2004 model for the Mid-Term programme".

    VRADYNI: "Heavy professions: Those that are directly included and those included under conditions".

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