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Athens News Agency: News in English, 12-03-06

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Tourist arrivals to reach 16 mln in 2012
  • [02] Gov't says millions saved in ERT operating costs
  • [03] Athens, Piraeus pharmacies open despite 48h strike
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Tourist arrivals to reach 16 mln in 2012

    AMNA-Tourist arrivals will reach 16 million this year, with tourism revenues totaling 10 billion euros for the year, the Association of Greek Tourism Enterprises (SETE) predicted on Monday.

    Andreas Andreadis, president of SETE, speaking to reporters during a news conference, said that despite a slowdown in bookings so far this year, he remained optimistic that this trend could be reversed, adding it was necessary to boost confidence of the international tourism market towards Greece.amna

    “Today we communicate with the rest of the world and the message is that Greece can offer its hospitality, cuisine, landscape and its cultural heritage to the world. We are against any extreme positions and supporting the majority of Greeks who acknowledge the efforts made by Eurozone peoples to support our country. The time has come for Greek tourism to confirm its leading role in the economic growth of the country,” Andreadis said.amna

    He announced that SETE will launch a campaign to inform tourists over what the country has to offer them, including hospitality packages for foreign journalists, ones aimed at reversing any negative climate towards Greece by international media.

    [02] Gov't says millions saved in ERT operating costs

    "In the past two years, the public-run ERT television has cut its annual operating cost by 150 million euros," Minister of State and government spokesman Pantelis Kapsis on Monday stated in response to New Democracy (ND) mass media sector head MP Simos Kedikoglou, who charged that his tabled question on ERT and AMNA, addressed to the government spokesman, was not discussed in Parliament. amna

    “I do not know to what looting Mr. Kedikoglou refers” in his question, Kapsis stated, adding that there is still a lot to be done and that “the tidying up continues.”

    [03] Athens, Piraeus pharmacies open despite 48h strike

    AMNA--The pharmacists of Athens and Piraeus decided late Monday not to follow the decision of the Panhellenic Pharmacies Association for a 48-hour strike on Thursday and Friday (March 8 and 9).

    Pharmacies in Athens and Piraeus will remain open, however they will not give medicine with credit to those insured in all the overdebted social security funds. amna

    In the rest of the country the pharmacies will remain closed if the all the local associations comply with the central association's decision. amna

    The pharmacists disagree with the deregulation of the pharmacies' working hours and the cut in their profit percentage, and demand from the social security funds the money they owe them

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Optimism for the success of the PSI expressed by the Finance Ministry and the IIF, the opening of the election campaign and the arrangement for the surtax on real estate as well as the abolition of branch agreements for workers under the age of 25, mostly dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Cooperation memorandum among Greece, Cyprus and Israel".

    AVGHI: "Setback with the surtax".

    AVRIANI: "Evangelos Venizelos (Finance Minister) sweeping prevalence in PASOK party elections".

    DIMOKRATIA: "George Papandreou (PASOK president) should go to jail for what he did".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "56,000 euros bonus to former interior minister Yiannis Ragoussis from Labour Housing Organisation".

    ESTIA: "Why the bipartisanism is collapsing".

    ETHNOS: "Super profits for the wholesalers' and intermediaries' club".

    IMERISSIA: "Positive messages for the PSI".

    KATHIMERINI: "Agreement for an energy triangle".

    LOGOS: "30 percent haircut to the households' debts".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Banks say yes to the bonds swap".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "511 euros gross salary for the young regardless of contract".

    TA NEA: "The huge trick with the 'golden' invoices".

    VRADYNI: "Tax on field plots, too".


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