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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-03-27

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  • [01] Publisher and son remanded in custody over Alter TV debts
  • [02] Greece stands to get 18-plus billion euros from new CAP, minister says
  • [03] DEH secures €700m for new Ptolemaida lignite power plant
  • [04] Agreement between Tourism minister and World Tourism Organisation

  • [01] Publisher and son remanded in custody over Alter TV debts

    AMNA -- Publisher and Alter TV channel owner Giorgos Kouris and his son Andreas were remanded in custody on Wednesday, after appearing before an examining magistrate to respond to charges relating to Alter's debts.

    Kouris, his son and two Alter board members have all been remanded in custody pending trial for a debt of 1.5 million euros owed in taxes from January to September 2011, for which seven people have been charged.amna

    [02] Greece stands to get 18-plus billion euros from new CAP, minister says

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; AMNA -- Greece is expected to receive more than 18 billion euros by 2020, in the framework of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Rural Development and Foods Minister Athanassios Tsaftaris announced in a press conference on Wednesday.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; "From the way the talks are unfolding until now, the money that will be given to our country will be equally high as in the present period," Tsaftaris said in comments on the negotiations on CAP now underway, which are expected to be completed by June.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; The minister stressed that emphasis must now be placed on using this money correctly, in order to build an agricultural sector with "sustainable formations, which does not depend on subsidies".

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; Tsaftaris said that, based on developments until now, Greece is expected to receive the sum of 18.74 billion euros in the next period, of which 15 billion euros will be for the so-called 1st pillar (direct subsidies and Common Market Organisation) and 3.74 billion euros will be for the 2nd Pillar (rural development). In the period 2007-2013, Greece had received 19.8 billion euros in total, of which 16 billion euros were for the first pillar and 3.8 billion euros for the second. amna

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; The minister noted that countries have considerable move to transfer funds between the two pillars, by up to 15 percent, while the total sum might be increased. He also stressed the EU's decision to devote 2 percent of the CAP budget to action supporting younger farmers and the new environmental criteria for subsidies.amna

    [03] DEH secures €700m for new Ptolemaida lignite power plant

    AMNA -- Germany's Export Credit Insurance Agency Euler-Hermes on Wednesday gave its initial approval for the required guarantees to a syndicated loan up to an approximate 700 million euros to Greece's Public Power Corporation (DEH), to finance the construction of a new lignite power plant in Ptolemaida, Northern Greece. The loan is being arranged by German KfW IPEX-Bank.

    "Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: Commenting on the development, deputy minister for the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Makis Papageorgiou, said "the funding and implementation of this huge investment is the result of the efforts of the Greek government to restore the country's credibility and growth. The government continues its efforts to facilitate similar major investments, giving hope again to millions of Greeks."

    "Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: Arthuros Zervos, PPC president and CEO note that the green light given to the loan's guarantee was "a very positive development, at a difficult time, as it implies confidence in both the large project and DEH itself."amna

    "Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: The new power plant, of a contractual value of nearly 1.4 billion euros, is one of the most productive investments ever made in the country in recent years and the largest of all energy investments, according to PPC. It will generate 660 MW of electricity and 140 MW of thermal energy for heating purposes in the town of Ptolemaida.

    "Verdana","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";mso-bidi-font-family: Its construction will provide jobs for 3,000 people, while permanent personnel is estimated at over 250. The plant's operation and maintenance will require involvement of a large number of local suppliers.amna

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    [04] Agreement between Tourism minister and World Tourism Organisation

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; AMNA -- Tourism Minister Olga Kefaloyianni signed a cooperation memorandum for the creation of a national observatory concerning the sustainable growth of tourism, with the secretary general of the UN's World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) Taleb Rifai, in Izmir on Wednesday, on the sidelines of the 55th session of the Organisation's Committee in Europe.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; During the Committee's session, whose presidency is being exercised by Greece, representatives of the Turkish tourist sector signed a commitment regarding international moral values in the sector of tourism.

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; The "Observatory", that constitutes a scientific tool, is the first that the World Tourist Organisation is concluding with a member-state, at national level.amna

    mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US; The Tourism minister said after the meeting that "the National Observatory for sustainable growth in tourism constitutes an important pioneering tool, very useful for both the tourism ministry and the tourist agencies as well as for society. We believe that the appropriate utilisation of the 'National Observatory' will also have a positive impact on the competitiveness of the country's tourist products".amna

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