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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-09-28

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  • [01] Papandreou, Merkel make joint statements
  • [02] Parliament ratifies special real estate tax
  • [03] Concert at the ancient theatre of Kos on Wednesday
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Papandreou, Merkel make joint statements

    Athens, Ελλάδα 27/09/2011 22:36 (ANA-MPA)

    PM Papandreou, German Chancellor Merkel make joint statements

    AMNA/Prime Minister George Papandreou expressed Greece's strong political will for the promotion of very serious reforms as well as the full implementation of the measures decided, speaking during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday evening, before the dinner hosted by Merkel for the Greek prime minister. amna

    The prime minister also stressed his government's political will both for the tackling of the crisis and the creation of a competitive economy in Greece.

    Papandreou further pointed out that the message of support by European partners to the Greek people, who are going through great sacrifices, is very important.

    The prime minister termed as a very positive gesture the invitation to address the German industrialists on Tuesday morning, while regarding Greek-German relations he termed them "excellent", at both bilateral and European level.

    On the question of aid by European partners, Papandreou said that Greece looks forward to cooperation in a series of sectors extending from the provision of know-how to investments, stressing that Greece needs the provision of know-how. amna

    Terming as a very positive development the presence of a delegation for the provision of know-how on the part of the EU Commission in Greece, the prime minister said that Greece will use the best European practices.amna

    Papandreou also said that Greece, apart from the handling of the crisis, will also promote its comparative advantages, both to stand on its own feet and to contribute to a strong Europe.

    On her part, Merkel said that "we want a strong Greece," adding that Greece must fulfill its commitments, referring to an EC/ECB/IMF troika's impending report. amna

    Replying to questions, the German chancellor acknowledged that the Greek people are experiencing sacrifices "for which maybe they are not directly to blame" and further said that an evaluation of developments in Greece is taking place by the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund and mentioning that this evaluation will be the measure, she stressed that on the basis of this measure "we shall do all that we can to help Greece to respond to the specifications of its commitments".

    [02] Parliament ratifies special real estate tax

    AMNA/The amendments on the special tax on real estate and the replacement of the members of the Greek Statistical Authority were ratified by the deputies of the ruling PASOK party, following a rollcall vote at the Parliament Plenum, on Tuesday evening.

    The amendment on the special tax on real estate was also voted for by independent deputy Elsa Papadimitriou.

    Consequently, the amendment on the special tax on real estate received 155 positive votes an 142 negative ones, while the amendment on the Greek Statistical Authority received 154 positive votes and 143 negative ones.amna

    The rollcall vote on the special tax on real estate was requested by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE), the New Democracy (ND) party and the Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party, while the rollcall vote on the Statistical Service was requested by the LAOS party.

    [03] Concert at the ancient theatre of Kos on Wednesday

    AMNA/The ancient theatres of Maronia, Messini and Kos revived in September with a series of concerts. The Camerata, Orchestra of the Friends of Music performed excerpts of works by Greek composers of the 20th and 21st century as well as from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' on September 23 at the theatre of Ancient Messini. The same concert will be presented on the island of Kos, at the ancient theatre within the archaeological site, on Wednesday. amna

    The first event was held at Maronia theatre on September 4, featuring recitations of excerpts from Homer's epic poems.

    Caption: AMNA file photo / View of the ancient theatre of Maronia

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel's message of support to Greece on Tuesday from Germany after her meeting with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, the new reduction of the tax-free ceiling and the abolition of tax reliefs as well as the strikes in all public transport means, dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Additional taxes for all".

    AVGHI: "Beheading before the....haircut".

    AVRIANI: "Only the drachma will resurrect Greece and will render its economy as one of the most competitive internationally".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Merkel and German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble out of time and place".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "New bleeding via the receipts".

    ESTIA: "Monumental incompetence".

    ETHNOS: «New tax penalty ".

    IMERISSIA: "Merkel offers support".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "German message of support with capital and investments".

    KATHIMERINI: "New surprise tax".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "We are all protesting on Wednesday against the surtax and the antisocial policy".

    TA NEA: "Absurdity with the receipts".

    VRADYNI: "3.9 billion euros against unemployment and for preservation of working positions".

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