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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-06-21

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  • [01] Composition of new Samaras gov't announced
  • [02] SYRIZA says new gov't will continue memorandum policy
  • [03] Football diplomacy arises ahead of Greece-Germany match
  • [04] Shipowners to new gov't: Cut red tape to attract investments

  • [01] Composition of new Samaras gov't announced

    AMNA / The composition of the new Greek government was announced in the Parliament on Thursday afternoon. The government will be led by New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras as prime minister, while the other two parties in the coalition will not have members on the Cabinet, but will support the government with a vote of confidence in Parliament.

    The new government is comprised of 17 ministries in total, with mergers of significant ministries, such as those of education and culture, and of development and infrastructure, as well as the re-instatement of separate ministries devoted to shipping and tourism.

    1. Economy and Finance Ministry

    Minister: Vassilis Rapanos

    Alternate Minister: Christos Staikouras

    Deputy Minister: Georgios Mavraganis

    2. Administrative Reform and e-Government Ministry

    Minister: Antonis Manitakis

    Deputy Minister: Manoussos Voloudakis

    3. Interior Ministry

    Minister: Evripides Stylianidis

    Alternate Minister: Haralambos Athanassiou

    4. Foreign Ministry

    Minister: Dimitris Avramopoulos

    Deputy Minister: Dimitris Kourkoulas

    5. National Defence Ministry

    Minister: Panos Panagiotopoulos

    Deputy Minister: Panagiotis Karabelas

    Deputy Minister: Dimitris Elefsiniotis

    6. Development and Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Ministry

    Minister: Kostis Hatzidakis

    Alternate Minister: Stavros Kalogiannis

    Deputy Minister: Thanassis Skordas

    Deputy Minister: Panagiotis (Notis) Mitarakis

    7. Environment, Energy & Climate Change Ministry

    Minister: Evangelos Livieratos

    Alternate Minister: Stavros Kalafatis

    Deputy Minister: Assimakis Papageorgiou

    8. Education, Religions, Culture & Sport Ministry

    Minister: Constantine Arvanitopoulos

    Alternate Minister: Costas Tzavaras

    Deputy Minister: Ioannis Ioannidis

    Deputy Minister: Theodoros Papatheodorou

    9. Labour, Social Insurance & Welfare Ministry

    Ministry: Yiannis Vroutsis

    Deputy Minister: Nikos Nikolopoulos

    10. Health Minister

    Minister: Andreas Lykourentzos

    Deputy Minister: Marios Salmas

    Deputy Minister: Fotini Skopouli

    11. Agricultural Development & Foods Ministry

    Minister: Athanassios Tsaftaris

    Alternate Minister: Maximos Harakopoulos

    12. Justice, Transparency & Human Rights Ministry

    Minister: Antonis Roupakiotis

    Deputy Minister: Constantine Karagounis

    13. Public Order & Citizens Protection Ministry

    Minister: Nikos Dendias

    14. Tourism Ministry

    Minister: Olga Kefaloyianni

    15. Shipping & Aegean Ministry

    Minister: Costas Mousouroulis

    Deputy Minister: George Vernikos

    16. Macedonia-Thrace Ministry

    Minister: Theodoros Karaoglou

    17. Minister of State: Dimitrios Stamatis

    The new Greek government will be sworn in at 7 p.m. (17.00GMT) on Thursday in the presence of President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, with the exception of the finance ministry's leadership, according to an official announcement issued late on Thursday afternoon. The first Cabinet meeting will be held an hour later.

    A meeting between the prime minister and the leaders of the other two parties in his coalition government, PASOK president Evangelos Venizelos and Democratic Left president Fotis Kouvelis, underway since 1 p.m. in order to finalise the composition of the new government and its policy framework, ended shortly after 3:30 p.m.

    Evangelos Meimarakis was by proposed ND for Parliament president.

    [02] SYRIZA says new gov't will continue memorandum policy

    AMNA--Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) spokesman Panos Skourletis said in a statement on Wednesday the new government is being created on the ground of the continuation of memorandum policies, adding that it is a government with similar conservative political characteristics with the main body being the forces responsible for the serving of the most extreme antisocial neoliberal policies that the country has experienced over the past decades.amna

    SYRIZA believes that the political correlations in the government "do not convince that it is capable and prepared to struggle for a substantive renegotiatig of the terms of the loan contract," as well as that "it intends to question the sovereign neoliberal policies in Europe claiming a new architecture for it."

    [03] Football diplomacy arises ahead of Greece-Germany match

    BERLIN (AMNA) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, replying to a press question on whether she would like new Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to also be in Gdansk on Friday to watch the football match between Germany and Greece (for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals), replied that "I would be pleased if he came, but he himself must see if he can."

    "On my part, I would be pleased if he came. Of course, he must see if he can. He himself must say this. I cannot speak on his behalf." amna

    Referring to the match, the German Chancellor said, "... it will be a good sports event. I hope a very fair sports event."

    [04] Shipowners to new gov't: Cut red tape to attract investments

    AMNA--The London-based Greek shipowners lobby, better known as the Committee, on Thursday publicised its proposal towards the new Samaras government for an immediate re-establishment of an independent merchant marine ministry, while also returning the coast guard under the jurisdiction of the ministry.

    Moreover, the influential group said a reduction in red tape and increasing transparency are basic conditions for the east Mediterranean country to attract more and urgently needed shipping investments.amna

    The announcement came on a day when the Committee is holding its annual general assembly for the election of a new board.amna

    According to a yearly report on the occasion of the general assembly, the proposals towards the Greek government were issued before the June 17 election.

    Committee President Haralambos Fafalios, who presented the report on the Greek-owned shipping - which still comprises the biggest portion of the international maritime transport sector - called on the new Greek government to better exploit the country's strong position as a major maritime power, adding that the shipping sector will be a primary factor for the country's growth. amna

    He also cited what he called a trend by younger generations of Greeks to follow a career in the merchant marine and the success of the recent Poseidonia 2012 exhibition in Athens.

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