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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-03-12

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  • [01] Samaras to confer with Troika on Tuesday afternoon
  • [02] HRADF launches sale&lease back of 28 public buildings

  • [01] Samaras to confer with Troika on Tuesday afternoon

    AMNA--Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will meet with the heads of the European Commission (EC), European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Troika of Greece's international lenders on Tuesday afternoon at 6:00 p.m. at the Maximos Mansion (government headquarters).

    The meeting was preceded by tough negotiations between the Troika heads and technical teams with several key ministers and high-ranking officials on the ministries.

    Samaras has made it clear that no additional austerity measures will be taken, and underlined the need for a gradual reduction of corporate tax in a bid to boost entrepreneurship, with a view to a single tax rate (flat rate) of 15 percent on businesses.amna

    The outstanding issues with the Troika were the focus of discussions on Monday afternoon at a broad inter-ministerial meeting at the Finance Ministry comprising Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, alternate finance minister Christos Staikouras, Interior Minister Evripides Stylianidis and Labor Minister Yannis Vroutsis as well as the ministries' senior staff, who were joined by the Troika.amna

    Samaras is tentatively scheduled to confer with Stournaras on Tuesday morning, ahead of the premier's meeting with the troika.

    According to sources, agreement has been reached on the issue of arranging payment of debts to the social security funds as well as private debts to banks in installments, and on the civil servants' mobility in the public sector, while deliberations were continuing on an arrangement for payment of debts to the state and the reform of the tax-collection mechanism.

    [02] HRADF launches sale&lease back of 28 public buildings

    AMNA--The Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF) on Monday launched an invitation to submit the expression of interest for a sale and lease back tender of 28 public buildings, including the building of the police headquarters in Athens, several police stations, the building of Hellenic Statistical Authority, government ministries and tax agencies.

    The transaction covering the 28 real estate property assets will be made in two portfolios of similar size. The investors which will be chosen will buy the buildings and sign long-term leasing contracts with the Greek state, with the Greek state having the option of buying the buildings at the end of the contract.

    Under the first phase of the process, interested parties will have to submit their interest in writing by April 19 and prove they fulfill the criteria set in the invitation. The state phase of the process will include submission of binding offers.

    Stelios Stavridis, chairman and chief executive of Athens Water, will replace Takis Athanasopoulos as president of the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund. His appointment needs ratification by Parliament. amna

    The Finance ministry, in a statement also said that Antonis Vartholomeos, a member of Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund' board was proposed to replace Stelios Stavridis as chairman and chief executive of Athens Water. His place in HRADF board will be covered by George Koutsoudakis, a member of an experts' council of the fund.

    The properties in the sale and lease back programme are:

    General government agencies, Piraeus

    Secretariat General of Information Systems, Moschato

    Thessaloniki Police Headquarters, Thessaloniki

    Hellenic Police Forensic Science Division, Athens

    Hellenic Statistical Authority, Piraeus

    Secretariat General of Mass Media, Kallithea

    Ministry of Adm. Reform & E-Governance, Athens

    Ministry of Culture, Athens

    General government agencies, Thessaloniki

    Alexandroupoli Tax Office, Alexandroupoli

    Agioi Anargyroi Tax Office, Agioi Anargroi

    Pallini Tax Office, Pallini

    Glyfada Tax Office, Glyfada

    Kifissia Tax Office, Kifissia

    Athens Police Headquarters, Athens

    Ministry of Education, Maroussi

    General government agencies, Maroussi

    Immigration Attica, Athens

    Ministry of Justice, Athens

    Gen. Chemical State Laboratory, Athens

    Xanthi Tax Office and Chemistry, Xanthi

    Athens A Tax Office, Athens

    Athens IZ Tax Office, Athens

    Korinthos B Tax Office, Korinthos

    Halkida B Tax Office, Halkida

    Serres Police Headquarters, Serres

    Athens Tax Office, Athens

    Holargos Tax Office, Holargos

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