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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-23

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

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader holds meeting with US officials at State Department
  • [02] Investigating Committee on Papaconstantinou holds first session
  • [03] Motorway projects will help economic revival, Hatzidakis says

  • [01] SYRIZA leader holds meeting with US officials at State Department

    8.0pt;font-family:"Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; AMNA -- Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras held an extensive discussion on a series of issues concerning Greece and the wider region in a meeting on Wednesday at the State Department with US Assistant Secretary of State, responsible for European affairs, Erik Rubin, the Deputy Finance Minister, responsible for Europe and Eurasia issues, Christopher Smart, as well as other American officials.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; According to SYRIZA sources, there were "points of agreement and disagreement", with an identification of views and a "common ascertainment" that austerity is not the answer to effectively dealing with the crisis, that Greece is not a risk for Europe and that Germany is insisting on risky policies.amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; During the meeting, a "substantive exchange" of views took place on issues relating to the economy, the Exclusive Economic Zone and foreign policy.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; According to the same sources, Tsipras outlined in clarity his positions on issues such as the spreading of violence in Greece, the ultra-right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) party and anti-Semitism.amna The SYRIZA leader also presented his views on Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyprus issue and Greece – FYROM differences, while underlining Greece's sovereign right on tapping the Exclusive Economic Zone to the benefit of Greek society.

    [02] Investigating Committee on Papaconstantinou holds first session

    AMNA - It has been a tense first session on Wednesday of the Parliamentary Investigation Committee looking into possible penal charges against former finance minister George Papaconstantinou for his involvement and handling of the so-called ‘Lagarde list' affair.

    The first disagreement, reports said, broke out when Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) deputy Zoi Konstantopoulou proposed that examination of witnesses be recorded on cameras so that their reactions to be recorded and their biological image to questions and answers.amna

    Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avghi) deputy Ilias Kasidiaris agreed with the proposal, which however drew a clear-cut disagreement by PASOK party representative Panayiotis Rigas, who said such "practices in the examination of witnesses are followed only by undemocratic regimes."

    [03] Motorway projects will help economic revival, Hatzidakis says

    AMNA - Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, speaking in a joint press conference with European Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn here on Wednesday, stressed the importance of restarting work on the four major motorway projects in Greece, which would help the recovery of the country's economy though the creation of new jobs.font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;mso-ansi-language:

    During his two-day visit to Brussels (Tuesday and Wednesday), Hatzidakis discussed the issue of resuming these projects also with EU Commissioners Joaquin Almunia responsible for competition, Siim Kallas responsible for transport and Michel Barnier, responsible for internal market and services.amna12.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";mso-bidi-font-family:Verdana;

    Hatzidakis underlined the construction of the four motorways was of utmost importance to Greece, as they would signal the revival of the economy with the creation of an estimated 25,000 new jobs.amna The Greek government has set a target to have work on the projects resume in April.


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