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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-22

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  • [01] All environmental law respected in Ionian Sea oil exploration
  • [02] Bomb targets appeal judges president's home
  • [03] The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [04] Striking Industrial Mining S.A. workers demand to take over plant as cooperative

  • [01] All environmental law respected in Ionian Sea oil exploration

    AMNA--All national and international environmental laws will be respected during oil exploration efforts in the Ionian Sea by the Norwegian firm that has undertaken the project, Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Evangelos Livieratos assured reporters on Wednesday.

    The minister stressed that all necessary measures to protect the environment and sea mammals swimming the waters where the exploration is taking place have been taken.

    He also pointed out that the activities of the survey vessel "PGS" were being monitored by the coast guard and the Greek Navy, with the supervision of both the foreign ministry and the environment ministry, making any violation of international environmental rules extremely unlikely.amna

    In addition, the crew on board the ship included two scientists working for the ministry's oil policy and three mammal observers responsible for protecting the environment and dolphins during the search efforts, he added.

    [02] Bomb targets appeal judges president's home

    AMNA--A powerful explosion occurred in the courtyard of the home of appeals judges president Paraskevi Kalaitzi in the Athens suburb of Halandri in the first hours of Thursday, causing extensive damage but no injuries.

    The unknown perpetrator(s) planted a home-made explosive device at the entrance to the garage next to the two-storey residence, on the first floor of which the judge resides.

    The explosion, which occurred at about 2:00 am Thursday and was heard at a large distance, caused serious damage to the building and shattered windows in nearby houses and parked cars.amna

    Police bomb-disposal experts gathered evidence from the site of the explosion for examination in the police crime labs.amna

    Police investigators are examining all possibilities, with the focus on court cases in which Kalaitzi had presided, including the kidnapping for ransom of shipowner Pericles Panagopoulos in January 2009.

    [03] The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The extraordinary EU Summit later on Thursday and Monday's upcoming Eurogroup meeting, the reserve labour measure in the public sector and the changes in the retirement age, mostly dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "All civil servants in reserve labour".

    AVGHI: "They've turned Greece into a punching bag".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Unfortunately the expectation that the unilateral fulfillment of the commitments would bring the tranche and the solution has collapsed ".

    EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: "Below the grade in Brussels".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "All the changes in the social security system".

    ESTIA: "Populism a huge danger".

    ETHNOS: "Limited responsibility leaders".

    IMERISSIA: "After the failure, hope for agreement".

    KATHIMERINI: "Greece amidst the Clashing Rocks (EU-IMF)".

    LOGOS: "Hope for Monday's Eurogroup".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Moment of truth for Greece and Europe".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "EU a lions pit".

    TA NEA: "German Chancellor Angela Merkel's stab".

    VRADYNI: "Upsets in the retirement age of the long-time insured".

    6 DAYS: "Government capable only of imposing measures".

    [04] Striking Industrial Mining S.A. workers demand to take over plant as cooperative

    AMNA--Striking workers at Thessaloniki's Viomihaniki Metaleftiki (Industrial Mining S.A.) - a subsidiary of the now bankrupt parent company Philkeram Johnson - on Wednesday announced their intention to form a cooperative that will operate the now defunct plant. In a press conference at Thessaloniki's Labour Centre, they outlined a series of proposals that would allow them to take legal ownership of the plant and to run it as a cooperative.

    "If our proposals are not accepted, so that we have the opportunity to operate legally, we will go in and work in any way that we can," said their representative Makis Anagnostou.

    The workers, who have been unpaid and on strike since September 2011, were demanding that they receive shares in the plant and said they have already submitted a public offer to take over ownership of the plant facilities in legal fashion. In this framework, they have asked and expect a quadrilateral meeting with the administrator appointed to manage the bankrupt estate and representatives of the labour and development ministries. amna

    They are also demanding that, in the framework of the parent company's receivership, that there is a 'declaration' of a loan to Industrial Mining S.A. amounting to 1.92 million euro so that, after the value of the Industrial Mining's shares is subtracted, workers can ask for shares. In this way, they say that shares can legally pass into ownership of any worker wishing to participate in the cooperative venture and to get the factory running again, managed by its workforce.

    The strikers also called for a one-off payment from the Manpower Employment Organisation OAED and the continued payment of strike benefits to cover their heightened living expenses.amna

    They said that they have been in contact with foreign cooperative solidarity networks, groups and even special-purpose 'banks' that support similar occupied factory facilities in Argentina and elsewhere, who had shown an interest in funding or participating in the investment and in supporting their venture if it should begin.

    The main opposition 'Coalition of the Radical Left' (SYRIZA) party issued an announcement expressing support for their demands and called for the immediate introduction of a legal framework that legally protected the power of workers to put an abandoned business back into operation.

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