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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM meets EU leaders prior to summit
  • [02] ND appeal to striking taxi owners
  • [03] Wildfire threatens two villages on Greek-Albanian frontier
  • [04] H1 budget deficit at 12.74 bln

  • [01] PM meets EU leaders prior to summit

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- The Eurozone heads of state and government that arrived here on Thursday for an emergency Eurozone summit on the European debt crisis have completed a working dinner held in the afternoon.

    Immediately afterward, they resumed negotiations aiming at an agreement on a second bailout package for Greece and the measures needed to stabilise the eurozone.

    Earlier on Thursday, before the start of the summit, Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos held talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her advisors. The meeting was later also joined by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet and Eurogroup chair Jean-Claude Juncker. Also present was International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] ND appeal to striking taxi owners

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party on Thursday appealed to striking taxi owners nationwide to refrain from blocking access to airports, seaports or national motorways while, at the same time, lashing out again at the government and the relevant minister in particular.

    ND spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis underlined that Minister Yiannis Ragoussis is "trapped in a personal (political) vendetta with his predecessor Dimitris Reppas, whereas the former's actions are a "proof of the insolvency" of the government, one that "lacks coordination and has no plan".

    Mihelakis accused Ragoussis of causing social confrontations, and of being indifferent to the serious economic consequences and damage caused to the tourism sector. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Wildfire threatens two villages on Greek-Albanian frontier

    (ANA-MPA) -- A wildfire that broke out on Albanian territory on Wednesday spilled over into northwest Greece at noon on Thursday, fanned by strong winds blowing in the region, and was threatening the villages of Argyrohori and Oreino on the frontier with Albania.

    Firefighting forces are battling the blaze, assisted by four water-bombing aircraft and one helicopter.

    A second wildfire that burned in Albania for two days and crossed over into Greek territory in the region of Ftelia in Thesprotia prefecture, NW Greece, was mostly controlled and is not threatening populated areas.

    Finally, another wildfire in the region of Kerees, near Preveza, NW Greece, destroyed 0.8 hectares of forest land. The fire brigade and police are conducting an investigation into an instance of possible arson, following reports by eyewitnesses.

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    [04] H1 budget deficit at 12.74 bln

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek state budget deficit widened to 12.747 billion euros in the first half of 2011, up from a budget target for a shortfall of 10.374 billion euros and from a deficit of 9.997 billion euros in the January-June period last year, the finance ministry said on Wednesday. (ANA-MPA)

    The ministry, in a report, said that budget revenues fell behind schedule by 3.016 billion euros in the first six months of the year, while spending were down by 644 million euros in the six-month period. Net budget revenues totaled 21.818 billion euros, down 8.3 pct from 2010, reflecting a larger than expected economic recession in the country and non-repeat of 2010 revenues. The Public Investments Programme‚s revenues were up 87.7 pct or by 337 million euros in the January-June period. (ANA-MPA)

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