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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-03-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Athens waits for market response, FinMin says
  • [02] Parliament president reply to Bundestag counterpart over bank transfer speculation
  • [03] One million in counterfeit euros intercepted

  • [01] Athens waits for market response, FinMin says

    AMNA / “We are waiting for the response of the market following decisions reached at the previous Eurogroup meeting over a new support programme for Greece and the official launch of a PSI programme,” Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Thursday. www.amna.gr

    Speaking to reporters here ahead of a Eurogroup meeting, the minister said:

    “As you already know, an agreement has been reached over the form of a bond swap deal with the private sector and everyone realises very well that we have four very significant and attractive data: Co-funding, English law, a 'sweetener' (payment of 30 billion euros in cash) and the GDP clause. This is a very good, a unique offer. I am certain that the market realizes very well how clear is my message”. AMNA

    [02] Parliament president reply to Bundestag counterpart over bank transfer speculation

    AMNA / Parliament president Filippos Petsalnikos on Thursday explained that a relevant investigation to date has shown that no Greek MPs have transferred large sums of money abroad, in a letter of response to his German counterpart Norbert Lammert, who had asked for clarifications on relevant media reports.

    Petsalnikos also said that the case, which had been highly played in the local media in recent days, actually concerned the husband of a Greek MP, Dora Bakoyannis, who has his own private business activity, and that the remittance was made via that business.

    He further said emphasissed that Greece appreciates the German Bundestag's vote of support, adding that Lammert himself is "aware of the immense efforts being made by the Greek people", while he cited the relevant bills passed by the Greek Parliament, such as the lifting of bank confidentiality and the fight against and the criminalisation of tax evasion.

    The parliament president, speaking to reporters later, also dismissed press reports that some 15 MPs have transferred large sums of money abroad, adding that the procedure will be completed in the next few days for authorisation by Greek MPs for the opening of bank accounts in Switzerland if required.

    [03] One million in counterfeit euros intercepted

    AMNA / Port authorities on the island of Samos have located counterfeit euro bills, in 50 and 100 euro denominations, totaling some one million euros in an ongoing operation in the island's port.

    A major operation was launched on Thursday to track down the counterfeit bills, and approximately one million euros in forged euro currency have already been located.amna

    The investigation is continuing.


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