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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-09-01

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

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  • [01] ENFIA real estate tax to be introduced in Parliament Thursday
  • [02] Ancient Messene suffers little damage from fire, which reveals more of city wall

  • [01] ENFIA real estate tax to be introduced in Parliament Thursday

    ANA-MPA - The Real Estate Single Ownership Tax (ENFIA) amendment including the official number of payment installments and corrective amounts for 4,000 communities are expected to be tabled in Parliament on Thursday, so they may be discussed by Friday, according to statements made to the press by Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis after exiting the last of several meetings he attended under the leadership of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, on Monday evening.

    According to reports, the question of whether real estate that is not currently inhabited and is not being supplied with electricity will get a tax discount, will be settled pending certain conditions. The tax reduction in such cases is expected to be no more than 20 percent on the assessed tax, they said.

    Finance ministry sources said that Hardouvelis has requested of the General Secretariat for Public Revenue to examine alternatives for the loss of tax revenues to the state which amounts to 50 million euros. Deputies and coalition partner officials have asked for a reduction ranging from 25 percent to 30 percent, a rate considered too high in terms of the fiscal budget, as it would amount to a loss of 100 million euros to the state and is therefore prohibitive.

    [02] Ancient Messene suffers little damage from fire, which reveals more of city wall

    ANA-MPA - Damage to Ancient Messene's site from a fire last Monday that led to the evacuation of four villages was minimal, according to an on-site inspection carried out by the ministry of Culture on Sunday.

    There are no damages, except for soot on stones fallen off the city wall, while Byzantine chapels nearby had minor damages. All will be addressed immediately by conservators, Culture Secretary General Lina Mendoni said as she led a group of officials, archaeologists and technical staff around the site.

    The fire, the ministry said, actually revealed more ashlar blocks from the ancient defensive wall on either side of the Arcadian Gate when the brush around was burnt. A study on the wall's conservation and reconstruction will be prepared for future inclusion in a funding programme.

    The abandoned chapel of Klissa-Porti (10th century) and the churches of Panagitsa in Monastiraki Zerbission (14th c.) and of Agios Nikolaos Zerbission (10th c.) suffered minor damages from the fire and will be studied and conserved. Further directions were given for the immediate support work to protect the Arcadian Gate and the cars going through it. Future plans of the area include sinking the road below the current level to preserve the monument.

    [Photo of the Arcadian Gate provided by the ministry of Culture]


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