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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-07-17

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  • [01] SYRIZA renews attack on gov't over privatisations, austerity
  • [02] PASOK leader proposes new Medium-Term programme
  • [03] Electricity demand up 12pct in June
  • [04] British envoy hosts event for Greek Olympic team
  • [05] Athens metro reminds cyclists to stick to rules when using trains
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines on Tuesday

  • [01] SYRIZA renews attack on gov't over privatisations, austerity

    AMNA/ Main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) on Monday renewed its attack on the coalition government over privatisations and a raft of further austerity measures that have been announced, stressing that the pre-election promises to renegotiate the terms of bailout loans and avoid cuts to wages, pensions and benefits had been "sordid lies designed to grab the people's vote".

    SYRIZA stressed that the government was deciding a 'Memorandum' package of new measures amounting to dozens of billions of euros, adding the selling off of public wealth to the looting of incomes and demolition of the social state.

    "It is clear that the aim of the government's memorandum policies are not to tackle public debt and to exit the crisis but to serve the interests of creditors and capital," the party said in an announcement.

    SYRIZA repeated its opposition to privatisations as a remedy for the debt crisis, saying these would simply complement wages cuts and mass redundancies under a logic of demolishing and shrinking the social state and selling off all public assets to private individuals.

    "The repercussions of such a policy on the social whole and the country will be catastrophic and uncountable, as is proved by the case of the private banks both in Greece and internationally," it added.

    [02] PASOK leader proposes new Medium-Term programme

    AMNA/ PASOK Leader Evangelos Venizelos on Monday proposed the adoption of a new medium-term programme for Greece's fiscal adjustement that will cover the period from July 2012 to the end of 2016.

    Addressing the inaugural meeting of the party's new political secretariat, Venizelos noted that "without this updated medium-term programme, which will take into consideration the new macroeconomic situation and particularly the deep recession, neither the 2012 budget will close nor the 2013 budget will be prepared and be tabled as a bill by the first Monday of October, as it is prescribed by the Constitution."

    Venizelos, whose party is one of the three coalition partners in the government, said the government must complete its four-year term in office.

    [03] Electricity demand up 12pct in June

    AMNA/ A large increase of nearly 12 percent was posted in electricity demand in June against the same month in 2011, attributed mainly to an increase in demand from households and small enterprises, according to figures released by the Electricity Network management agency.

    Conversely demand by large industries supplied by the high voltage network declined by 2.1 percent in the same period.

    More specifically, electricity demand rose by 11.9 percent in June due to increased consumption by households and small and medium size enterprises (up by 5.6 percent, attributed to weather conditions and increased use of air conditioners) and by Public Power Corporation mines (up 36 percent), while demand by large enterprises dropped by 2.1 percent.

    With respect to production, electricity generation with renewable energy sources almost doubled and lignite-powered electricity production rose by 23 percent, while declines were posted in natural gas-powered and hydr0-electric powered production (down 2 percent).

    [04] British envoy hosts event for Greek Olympic team

    AMNA/ The Greek Olympic and Paralympics teams will receive a "particularly warm welcome in the 2012 London Olympic Games because they originate from the country that gave girth to the Olympic Games," British Ambassador to Athens David Landsman said during an event hosted by the embassy for Greece's Olympic team on Monday.

    Speaking in Greek, Landsman wished the Greek athletes all the best, just few days before their departure for London. The Games begin on July 27.

    [05] Athens metro reminds cyclists to stick to rules when using trains

    AMNA/ The management of the Athens metro and electric railway services STA.SY SA on Monday issued a circular reminding cyclists that bring their bikes onto the metro to stick to the rules and respect other passengers in order to avoid causing problems.

    STA.SY underlined that cyclists travelling during peak hours, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 17:00 p.m. must strictly abide by a rule that bans more than two bicycles from boarding each train and only enter and exit trains using the last carriage by the last door, in order to avoid causing problems to other passengers trying to get on and off.

    Cyclists are also asked not to use escalators with the bicycles in order to avoid accidents and injuries in the case of a power cut.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines on Tuesday

    AMNA/ The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The behind-the-scenes, the speculations and the disagreements in the first drafting of a package of 11.5 euros in spending cuts for the two-year period 2013-2014, and the fiscal divergences ascertained in an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report were the main front page items in Athens' dailies on Tuesday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "End to wasteful spending and bureaucracy".

    AVGHI: "Every day they add billions and measures".

    AVRIANI: "The euro destroyed Italy".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Hirings in 14 days".

    ELLADA: "IMF 'sees' revolution".

    ESTIA: "Substantial reduction in tourism".

    ETHNOS: "New haircut to pensions, one-off retirement benefit, benefits".

    IMERISSIA: "Friction among ministers over the spending cuts".

    KATHIMERINI: "Maximos (government headquarters) ultimatum to ministers (for spending cuts)".

    LOGOS: "Knife to salaries, pensions, one-off retirement benefit".

    NAFTEMBORIKI: "Troika: Yes to smaller public sector without layoffs".

    NIKI: "Ensure your money in secure deposits".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Governmental all-out attack on salaries, pensions, healthcare, social benefits".

    TA NEA: "3 billion euros 'knife' to benefits".

    VRADYNI: "Reduction of fines on structures lacking permits in order to rekindle the process".

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