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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-06-17

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

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  • [01] DIM.AR leader Kouvelis rules out early elections
  • [02] Building activity plunges by 55.5 pct in March

  • [01] DIM.AR leader Kouvelis rules out early elections

    ANA-MPA -- Democratic Left (DIM.AR) leader Fotis Kouvelis, whose party is a junior partner in the coalition government, on Tuesday ruled out the likelihood of early elections.

    Speaking in Thessaloniki after meeting with Macedonia and Thrace Minister Theodoros Karaoglou, Kouvelis said that common ground should be found with New Democracy (ND), the largest of the three political parties in the coalition government, to have the anti-racism draft bill tabled in Parliament by DIM.AR and PASOK, the other junior member of the ruling coalition, voted in parliament.

    Kouvelis said that there is no likelihood for early elections and that the government will serve its full term according to the constitution. He added that the country is on its way out of the crisis and efforts should continue for success. "Elections are not necessary," he said.

    In a meeting with local authorities, including Thessaloniki Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, Kouvelis expressed opposition to the privatization of the Thessaloniki Water and Sewerage (EYATh), stressing that water is and should remain a public good.

    The absorption of National Strategic Reference Framework (ESPA) funds was discussed in a meeting Kouvelis had with Central Macedonia Regional Governor Apostolos Tzitzikostas.

    Kouvelis is also scheduled to address an open meeting of DIM.AR at the Thessaloniki port in the evening.

    (In the photo, Kouvelis on the R, Thessaloniki mayor on the L)

    [02] Building activity plunges by 55.5 pct in March

    ANA/MPA -- Building activity collapsed in March, with the volume of private building activity shrinking by 55.5 pct, while a sharp decline in the number of building permits issued in the month offered an even worse outlook for the sector.

    Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT), in a report released on Tuesday, said that the size of private building activity in the country totalled 1,206 permits, down 50.9 pct compared with the same month last year.

    The statistics service, in a report, said that private building activity in the first three months of the year dropped 44.2 pct (building permits) and by 43.5 pct (volume) compared with the corresponding period in 2012.


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