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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-02-01

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  • [01] Troika delegation in Athens at end of February
  • [02] Farmers remain at roadblocks awaiting outcome of gov't meeting
  • [03] Education Min. unveils higher education streamlining plan
  • [04] The Friday edition of Athens' dailies

  • [01] Troika delegation in Athens at end of February

    AMNA-- International Monetary Fund (IMF) External Relations director Jerry Rice said on Thursday that a troika delegation will be visiting Greece towards the end of February to inspect the Greek programme.

    The representatives of the IMF, EU and ECB will stay in Athens until mid-March to examine progress concerning the implementation of the measures and the structural changes, as Rice said during a press conference at the Fund's offices in Washington, stressing that the Greek authorities are committed to their implementation.

    [02] Farmers remain at roadblocks awaiting outcome of gov't meeting

    AMNA--Farmers with their tractors remain at their roadblocks throughout Greece awaiting the outcome of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' meeting with Agriculture Minister Athanassios Tsaftaris and Alternate Agriculture Minister Maximos Harakopoulos on Friday morning.

    "We will wait for the result of the meeting and we will act accordingly," Imathia farmers' movement vice-president Costas Lioliopoulos told AMNA.

    Imathia farmers have set up a roadblock at the Kouloura interchange on Highway, while farmers from the prefectures of Pella and Pieria are joining them, but traffic has not been disrupted.amna

    Thessaly region farmers also remain at their roadblock at Nikaia interchange on the Athens- Thessaloniki old national highway.

    In Serres prefecture, the farmers decided to set up a joint mobilisations front.amna

    In Drama, Kavala and Xanthi prefectures the farmers have lined up their tractors at Chryssoupoli on the Drama-Kavala national highway.

    The same climate prevails in the prefectures of Evros and Rodopi.

    [03] Education Min. unveils higher education streamlining plan

    AMNA---A federated university is to be established in Athens under the title "Adamantios Korais," as provided for in the tertiary education streamlining plan "Athena," presented on Thursday by Education Minister Constantinos Arvanitopoulos.

    The new institution is to include the Agricultural University, Panteion University, the University of Piraeus and Charokopeio University, which are however to retain their independence.

    "Adamantios Korais" will be run by a Board of Directors, to be formed by the current administrations of the five universities, which will continue to exist. amna

    Similarly, a federated Institute of Technology (TEI) is also to be established and operate in Athens, as an umbrella institute to include the Athens TEI, Piraeus TEI, and the Higher School of Pedagogy and Technological Education (ASPAITE).

    The creation of the new federated higher education institutions will see the amalgamation or absorption of 94 university and TEI departments. As a result, the list of educational departments, used by candidates for admission to tertiary education, will now contain a total of 386 departments and/or faculties, compared to 480 so far. amna

    At the same time, the number of cities where various departments are located is being reduced to 51 from 63. The twelve cities to be deprived of TEI and/or university departments are: Ierapetra, Ag. Nikolaos (Crete), Aigio, Amaliada, Lefkada, Argostoli, Nafpaktos, Leivadia, Moudania, Veria, Edessa and Naousa.

    [04] The Friday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    AVGHI: "Nervous breakdown in co-governance".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Explosion in ruling New Democracy (ND) over the taxes on real estate".

    EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: "Education on Procrustes' bed".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Prime Minister Antonis Samaras the 'general' of tension".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Upsets in Universities and reduction of higher education entrants".

    ESTIA: "Communist Party (KKE) remains party of reversal".

    ETHNOS: "94 University schools wiped off the map".

    IMERISSIA: "Bank loans a 'breather' for market".

    KATHIMERINI: "94 University schools shut down".

    LOGOS: "Universities: Five in one".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Reactions over the heavy taxation on real estate".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government's provocation against PAME (labour organisation affiliated to KKE) in vain".

    TA NEA: "Which cities lose university schools".

    6 DAYS: "Government preparing 6.5 bln euros taxes on real estate".

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