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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-04-15

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Dimitris Koutsoumbas takes over KKE helm
  • [02] Deputy Loverdos announces founding of new political party
  • [03] Greek FinMin says banking union process underway
  • [04] Mediterranean port, customs officials meet in Piraeus‏

  • [01] Dimitris Koutsoumbas takes over KKE helm

    ANA-MPA -- Dimitris Koutsoumbas was elected as the new secretary general of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in the first hours of Sunday during the party's 19th Congress, taking over the party leadership from Aleka Papariga, who stepped down after 22 years at the party's helm.

    Papariga, the first woman to head the Communist Party, remains a member of the party's new 63-member Central Committee elected by the Congress. The Congress also elected a 7-member Economic Control central committee.

    Koutsoumbas, 58, was elected by the new Central Committee itself in its first meeting immediately shortly after midnight Saturday.

    [02] Deputy Loverdos announces founding of new political party

    AMNA -- Deputy and former PASOK minister Andreas Loverdos announced on Monday the founding of a new politcal party during the 1st Political Conference of the Radical Movement of Socialdemocrat Alliance.

    Loverdos said in his address, in the presence of 1,200 people in the Sporting stadium in Athens, that the party's slogan "is rift, clash, creation and its name Agreement for a New Greece".

    His address was attended by representatives of the "Action" and "Dynamic Greece" movements, as well as by independent deputy Christos Aidonis.

    Loverdos said that the new party will be open as regards positions and leadership, it will lie between the borders of ruling New Democracy and main opposition SYRIZA parties, it shall have immediate action proposals and will make "the clash, the rift with all that brought us here."

    He added that it will be "a party without high-profile politicians, where young people will have the lion's share. A party of responsibility with plain speech and effective work that will contribute to the new Greek recovery. Lastly a European party, in favour of the EU's political union".

    [03] Greek FinMin says banking union process underway

    ANA-MPA -- Greece expects that European authorities will agree by the first half of 2013 on a business plan allowing the European Stability Mechanism to directly recapitalize European banks, on the precondition of agreeing on an effective single bank supervisory mechanism, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said on Monday.

    In a written reply to a parliamentary question by independent deputy Mimis Androulakis over the future of a banking union in Europe, the Greek minister said that the banking integration plan was based on the decisions taken in the December 2012 Summit over a new architecture of Economic and Monetary Union and envisaged the foundation of a European Banking Union on the creation of European supervisory mechanisms and managing banking crisis, with the aim to eradicate self-perpetuating trends between credit institutions, development prospects and public debts among member-states. These mechanisms are a Single Supervisory Mechanism within the European Central Bank, a European Restructuring Mechanism and a Joint System of Deposit Guarantee.

    Stournaras, in his letter, said these mechanism were expected to achieve in the medium-term a coordinated supervision of banks, offering supplementary support to member-states in cases of systemic inadequacies in trans-state banking groups and supporting national deposit guarantee schemes. The Greek FinMin noted that a European deposit guarantee scheme currently reached 100,000 euros per depositor per bank.

    [04] Mediterranean port, customs officials meet in Piraeus‏

    AMNA--Port and customs officials from Jordan, Lebanon, Italy and Spain are meeting with their Greek counterparts during a two-day meeting at the Piraeus Port Organization to exchange know-how and best practices in custom and port issues, in the framework of implementing a CUSTOMMED European project.

    The meeting will focus on cooperation and exchange of knowledge, views and best practices, between partners and Greek authorities in existing custom and port procedures in the transport of passengers and cargo by ship, train on TIR vehicles.

    Piraeus Port Organization participates in CUSTOMMED, a European project aimed at improving transfer of cargo and passengers between Middle East, North Africa and the European Union, through a European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI) - Mediterranean Sea Basin Joint Operations Programme - with the creation of networks and adopting common procedures and technologies.amna

    The project is implemented through bilateral cooperation. CUSTOMMED aims at improving efficiency of trans-border trade, with the development of a road map between Lebanon and Jordan and the adoption and implementation of joint customs and trans-port procedures between Lebanon and the Mediterranean countries of Italy, Greece and Spain.


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