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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-08-03

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

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  • [01] OECD: 'Vote of confidence' to Greek economy
  • [02] Rhodes taxi owners suspend strike

  • [01] OECD: 'Vote of confidence' to Greek economy

    ANA-MPA/

    Presenting the organizations report on Greece, Gurria said "I am here to give a vote of confidence to Greece, to Greek citizens, to the Greek economy and the government," adding that "the Greek program will succeed, but reforms must continue".

    The Paris-based Organization, in its report, forecasts that Greece will return to growth in 2012, while Gurria stressed "there is life after debt". -

    "We see the first evidence of macro-economic adjustment, exports are improving along with competitiveness," he said.

    Gurria urged an effective battle against tax evasion and acceleration of reforms in the labour market. "Efforts must continue on reducing deficits, improving tax collection mechanisms and combating tax evasion," he said. secretary general Angel Gurria on Tuesday gave a vote of confidence to the Greek economy and an economic program currently implemented to deal with Greece's excessive public debt. ana-mpaOrganisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

    [02] Rhodes taxi owners suspend strike

    -P/ axi owners on the island of Rhodes announced the suspension of their strike late Tuesday following a meeting of the local taxi owners' union.

    A few days earlier taxi owners on the island of Kos had reached to the same decision.

    Taxi owners throughout Greece are currently in the fourth week of strikes and other mobilisations in protest over the government's decision to immediately deregulate the profession.ana-mpa

    Meanwhile, the board of the national federation of taxi owners is due to meet on Wednesday to decide future action.

    The federation's meeting follows a flurry of deliberations between federation delegations and ruling PASOK party and government officials, including transport minister Yiannis Ragoussis, who assured that the deregulation of the taxi profession will be effected through legislation, and not via the more speedy process of a Presidential Decree, which the owners consider will give them at least two months' time for dialogue with the government.ana-mpa

    The federation will examine all the new aspects in the issue and decide on whether to call off the mobilisations or continue them, and in the event of the latter, what the further action will be.


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