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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-10-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Cavafy's poetry celebrated via Athens transportation system
  • [02] Parliament lifts immunity of six Golden Dawn MPs
  • [03] Tsipras: SYRIZA will not compromise its stance
  • [04] European Commission approves 134-mln-euro state subsidy for natural gas works

  • [01] Cavafy's poetry celebrated via Athens transportation system

    ANA-MPA -- Excerpts from the poems of Constantine Cavafy (1863-1933) have been put up since Monday on Athens buses, trams, suburban trains and the Metro to celebrate the Alexandria Greek poet and publicise his work on the occasion of the Onassis Foundation's acquiring of his archive.

    The initiative belongs to the Cavafy archive, which is expected to announce more events honouring the poet, while the design of the posters is by the acclaimed Beetroot advertising group.

    Towards the end of the month or early in November, the Onassis Foundation on Syngrou Avenue will organise an audiovisual tour in Plato's Academy showcasing eleven Greek and foreign artists' renditions of Cavafy's poems.

    Explaining the promotion, Onassis Foundation executive director Afroditi Panagiotakou said that the events "are a move that marks our our stance on Cavafy's work and on how we want the archive contents to be made public. The visuals are rather more pop, and the verses entirely understandable. As they circulate in the city on mass transportation means, the verses can prove to the public that doesn't know his work how familiar he really is, and how well he expresses the spirit of our times."

    [02] Parliament lifts immunity of six Golden Dawn MPs

    ANA-MPA -- The parliamentary plenum on Wednesday decided to lift the immunity of six deputies of the extreme-right Golden Dawn (Chryssi Avghi) party - Efstathios Boukouras, Giorgos Germenis, Ilias Kassidiaris, Ilias Panagiotaros, Chrysovalantis Alexopoulos and Panagiotis Iliopoulos - following roll call voting on Wednesday.

    According to the voting results, 246 MP voted in the affirmative, while one vote was found to be invalid.

    The request for the lifting of immunity by prosecuting magistrates relates to Boukouras', Germenis' and Iliopoulos' involvement in a criminal organisation, while for the rest to older criminal cases was submitted to parliament.

    [03] Tsipras: SYRIZA will not compromise its stance

    ANA-MPA -- SYR…∆Ń leader Alexis Tsipras said that his party has not relaxed its positions and will not compromise - when it becomes government - with the continuation of the memorandum, speaking to STAR private channel late Monday.

    Tsipras noted that if SYRIZA compromised its stance, it would constitute a huge blow against his party's credibility.

    The main opposition leader said a SYRIZA government would re-negotiate the loan contract, as his party has no commitments and dependencies that other parties which have governed in the past have had, with scandals, especially the Siemens Hellas scandal.

    He said that if a former PASOK member joined his party and proved to be involved in corruption and bribery, that person would be expelled from SYRIZA.

    Tsipras said that his party is open not only to people coming from PASOK but also from New Democracy's members, with honesty being the only criterion.

    On the memorandum, Tsipras reaffirmed that if SYRIZA wins the elections, there will be no memorandum because the people would have cancelled it with their vote. Regarding the loan contract, Tsipras reiterated that there will be a renegotiation, clarifying that his party will not proceed to unilateral actions, and if obliged, it will do so only to defend the country and people's dignity.

    The main opposition leader again called Prime Minister Antonis Samaras to a TV debate.

    On the migration issue, Tsipras stressed that one of the main cause of the migration flow is the wars and referred to the humanitarian tragedies in the Mediterrenean region with victims seeking a better life; Greece, Italy and Spain must undertake a joint initiative to renegotiate EU's migration policy, he urged.

    [04] European Commission approves 134-mln-euro state subsidy for natural gas works

    ANA-MPA -- The European Commission approved Greek state funding of 134 million euros for natural gas infrastructural works in Greece on Wednesday.

    The Commission approved the funding of four projects improving and expanding the natural gas network after finding it agreed with the EU's regulations on state subsidies. The funds will contribute towards promoting the EU's energy targets without creating unjustified distortion of competition in the domestic market, it said.

    Greece's exclusive transmission system operator, DESFA, which will receive the state funds, is obliged to give equal access to its network to all natural gas suppliers. State funds will be augmented by EU structural funds, bringing the total investment to 414 million euros.

    Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for competition Joaquin Almunia said the specific subsidy "will help Greece expand and strengthen its natural gas network, improving competition among gas suppliers and benefitting consumers because of the diversification of energy sources."


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