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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-04-14

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Former PM Papandreou submits note to investigating committee probing 'Lagarde list' case
  • [02] UN envoy Nimetz delivers new proposal on fYRoM name issue
  • [03] Four Greek courts rule against law allowing gradual civil service layoffs

  • [01] Former PM Papandreou submits note to investigating committee probing 'Lagarde list' case

    AMNA - Former prime minister George Papandreou submitted a note to the investigating committee probing the case of the "Lagarde list", whose sessions began on Tuesday evening.

    According to reports, Papandreou's note is composed of a few pages and the spirit of its content revolves around the standing order, that he says he had given to all his associates, in the direction of cracking down on tax evasion.

    The reports also said that the former prime minister mentions in his note that he was "never briefed, nor did I request to be notified on the content or on any other issue regarding the list", while at another point he says: "I remind that I personally was recently a victim of the rumours developed publicly, as well as of the uncontrolled scenario talk and conspiracy talk that prevailed in relation to the so-called Lagarde list, when, with surpise and anger, I faced the conscious in my view attempt by some to involve my mother Margaret Papandreou in the case, for obvious political expediencies. Justice will soon have a say in this case".

    [02] UN envoy Nimetz delivers new proposal on fYRoM name issue

    NEW YORK (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) - The UN Secretary General's personal envoy Matthew Nimetz announced on Tuesday, following his joint meeting at the international organisation's headquarters with the representatives of Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM), that he delivered a new proposal to the two sides on the issue of the name.

    As Nimetz said, his proposal will be examined by the governments of the two countries and he is expected, after the Orthodox Easter, to either visit the region or new meetings to be held in New York.

    [03] Four Greek courts rule against law allowing gradual civil service layoffs

    ANA-MPA -- The layoff of civil servants through a stage-by-stage process violates the Greek Constitution and the European Social Charter, four courts in Greece decided recently.

    Courts on Chios island, in Rethymno on Crete, Xanthi in the north and Messolonghi in Western Greece issued seven rulings on Law 4092/2012, according to which the number of public sector employees could be reduced gradually by placing them on reduced pay over a period of time before finally laying them off.

    The measure calling for a 25 pct reduction in wages, the courts said, infringes upon constitution articles that protect human dignity and the right to work on livable wages and that prevent a bias against weaker sectors of the population. The European Social Charter guarantees social and economic human rights and requires signatories, of which Greece is one, to submit annual reports on its implementation to the Council of Europe.


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