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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-02-17

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  • [01] Theft at Ancient Olympia Museum, Culture minister resigns
  • [02] Ten relief measures for businesses damaged in riots

  • [01] Theft at Ancient Olympia Museum, Culture minister resigns

    AMNA --Two hooded thieves broke into the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Olympia early Friday and made away with a large number of exhibits after tying up the guard, prompting culture and tourism minister Pavlos Geroulanos to tender his resignation to prime minister Lucas Papademos.

    An as yet unknown number of statuettes were stolen by two men wearing hoods over their faces who stormed into the Museum shortly before 8:00 a.m.

    The men tied the guard to a chair and gagged him, grabbed the statuettes from the display cases and disappeared.amna

    Archaeologists have arrived at the Museum to identify and appraise the items stolen, while police have launched a manhunt for the thieves.

    Culture and tourism minister Geroulanos immediately put his resignation at the disposal of the prime minister.

    [02] Ten relief measures for businesses damaged in riots

    AMNA--The government has approved 10 relief measures for businesses that suffered damage during the riots in central Athens last Sunday.

    The decisions were taken at a meeting held on Wednesday between Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and local government officials to evaluate the extent of the damage and discuss ways of restoring the buildings and businesses that were damaged.

    Among the decisions made was to set up a coordinating body within the week made up of general secretaries from the finance, environment and culture ministries, as well as representatives of the Athens municipality and the Athens Chamber of Industry and Commerce. This will be in charge of monitoring the work to restore the damage and provide financial support to those affected, as well as coordinating the state services involved. In charge of setting up and running this will be government vice-president Theodoros Pangalos.amna

    The meeting also decided to set up working teams from the municipality and the finance and environment ministries to carry out a rapid assessment of the state of buildings, based on which compensation will be given.amna

    Special teams of environment and culture ministry staff will be detached to Athens municipality town planning services to help cut through bureaucracy and speed up the issue of permits to repair damaged buildings.

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