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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-03-28

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

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  • [01] Venizelos blasts all sides over handling of events on Cyprus
  • [02] TAIPED approves procedures for concession of regional airport

  • [01] Venizelos blasts all sides over handling of events on Cyprus

    AMNA--PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos, head of a junior party in Greece's coalition government, on Wednesday heaped strong criticism on all sides over their handling of developments on Cyprus, during a meeting of his PASOK's Political Council.

    The PASOK leader's barrage of broadsides spared neither the 'inner core' of Eurozone countries, nor European socialists, nor the French government for supporting Germany's proposals, nor the Cypriots themselves, who had failed to forestall the crisis. He also had hard words for those in Greece and Cyprus that blamed the Greek PSI for Cyprus' problems, namely the main opposition SYRIZA-EKM party and opposition Independent Greeks.

    According to Venizelos, the statement by Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem about applying Cyprus-style haircuts in other countries was "dangerous" and he underlined that lingering uncertainty within Europe's banking system must be not be permitted. He also stressed that Europe, instead of overcoming the crisis, was recycling and reproducing it, while completely overlooking the geopolitical aspects of the Cyprus problem and the island republic's role as "Europe's forward outpost in the region of the Eastern Mediterranean".amna

    He warned of the dangers for the Eurozone if the theory of "safe and unsafe banks" were allow to predominate, or of countries borrowing at low rates and countries borrowing at high rates.

    In his attacks on SYRIZA and Ind. Greeks, Venizelos said they had suffered a "strategic defeat" and accused them of investing in Greece's destruction, since their arguments were providing an escape route for specific interests and person that should be apologising.

    [02] TAIPED approves procedures for concession of regional airport

    AMNA--Procedures regarding the concession of the country's regional airports are entering their final stage, and the highest bidders are expected to emerge in the next few days.

    In addition, the auction for the sale of six state real estate properties abroad is be completed soon, and the procedure for the concession of the first four tourist ports is being speeded up.

    The above moves were approved by the administrative council of the Hellenic Republic Assets Development Fund (TAIPED).


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