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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-19

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  • [01] FM cites need for immediate ceasefire in Gaza
  • [02] Latest changes in pension, retirement laws announced

  • [01] FM cites need for immediate ceasefire in Gaza

    BRUSSELS (AMNA) - Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, in statements after the conclusion of the EU Foreign Affairs Council here, expressed the EU's concern over the escalation of tension in Gaza and Israel. He stressed that an immediate ceasfire and de-escalation is imperative and above all "we must safeguard the prospect of the solution of two states".

    "We must return to the negotiating table as soon as possible and create conditions of confidence that are currently non-existent unfortunately," the foreign minister further said .

    Avramopoulos pointed out that the EU has great possibilities when, however, it speaks in a coordinated way, with one voice and added that "we had the opportunity of underlining this during the discussions that preceded."

    Avramopoulos also stressed that Greece will continue to take initiatives for the shaping of a dynamic European policy in the region, utilising the relations of trust it has with both Israel and the Palestinians.amna

    [02] Latest changes in pension, retirement laws announced

    AMNA / A legislative act outlining the new pension regime for Parliamentary staff was published in the government gazette on Monday, becoming law. This essentially stipulates that retirement and pensions for Parliament's staff will be governed by the same rules and with the same retirement age as all for other civil servants working in ministries, while they will receive the same pension as the equivalent ministry employee of their grade.

    The new rules go into effect from January 1, 2013 for all Parliament staff still employed there at this date, regardless of the time needed before they are eligible to go into retirement.

    The same act also introduces measures harmonising civil servants' pensions with those of the main social insurance funds, stipulating that if the overall sum of pensions, including supplementary pensions and dividends, exceeds 2,000 euro and up to the sum of 3,000 euro, the above sum is reduced by 15 percent. For sums exceeding 3,000 euro, the overall amount of the pension is reduce by 20 percent.

    It further increases the age at which pensioners can receive a low-pension benefit to 65, and stipulates that paraplegics and quadruplegics will continue to receive Christmas, Easter and summer bonus payments abolished for other civil service pensioners. This additional sum will be divided into 12 equal installments and be paid with their pension.

    Other measures regulate the issues of decisions regulating the sale of milk powder for newborns, allowing these to be sold in retailers other than pharmacies.amna

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