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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-03-14

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

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  • [01] Venizelos: Realistic to expect agreement with troika by Sunday
  • [02] Amendments to draft bill abolishing 23 public-sector organisations approved
  • [03] Greeks invited to name new public TV, radio stations and web page

  • [01] Venizelos: Realistic to expect agreement with troika by Sunday

    ANA-MPA -- It is realistic to expect an agreement between the government and the troika of lenders by Sunday, government Vice President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Thursday, after a meeting at Maximos Mansion with Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras.

    Larger issues are easier to resolve than smaller ones, which might not be so small, Venizelos said, while he stressed that the primary surplus for 2013 is a given and its distribution must serve both development and social targets. When you help poor people, you help the economy as well, he added.

    Referring to the negotiations, he said that the fact they have been going on for so long (since September) shows the magnitude of the difficulties, unlike those who believe that they will use local political power, bravado or charm to resolve issues that are requiring long-term efforts to be resolved.

    Venizelos also said, among other things, that structural issues would go through Parliament, and added that in terms of labour issues, the troika was not insisting on something outside common sense, or provocative or harmful to the unemployed and to working people.

    [02] Amendments to draft bill abolishing 23 public-sector organisations approved

    ANA/MPA---The Parliament plenum on Thursday voted in favour of abolishing 23 public-sector organisations, the re-examination of the hiring of former short-term contractors and the introduction of a public servants evaluation system with pre-set point ratios, riders in a draft bill on public administration.

    Earlier in the day Administrative Reform Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis agreed to a number of proposed riders to a draft bill on the abolition of 23 public-sector organisations currently under discussion in Parliament, it was announced on Thursday.

    Specifically, pregnant women or women with young children under 18 months, who are employed in the 23 public sector organisations that will be abolished, will not be laid off and will be transferred to the organisations taking over the tasks of scrapped public-sector agencies. The proposal was tabled by New Democracy MP Katerina Papakosta, one of the MPs supporting the ruling coalition.

    Also, based on a rider tabled by ND deputy Athanassios Davlouros and three other party deputies, employees appointed or transferred to a border or problematic region are obligated to serve there for at least five years instead of 10.

    Another rider proposed by ND deputy Spyros Taliadouros concerned the Organization of Children's and Teens' Books.

    According to a rider sponsored by ND MPs headed by Giorgos Karasmanis, employees who have served half of the mandatory time in the agency they were appointed can be transferred to a border or problematic region to be with their spouse.

    The bill still needs to go through a final vote before becoming law.

    [03] Greeks invited to name new public TV, radio stations and web page

    ANA/MPA---The new public television (NERIT) on Thursday invited the Greek public to submit online suggestions on names for its the radio, television and internet stations.

    Proposed names are needed for three TV channels (news; culture/entertainment; satellite), six radio stations (news/sports; Greek music; classical music/culture; world music; overseas Greeks; foreign nationals living in or visiting Greece) and its web page.

    Interested parties may submit their suggestions online at www.nerit.gr/proskliseis/p04/.


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