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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-09-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Parliamentary majority target attainable, SYRIZA says
  • [02] FM Venizelos addresses UN Climate Summit in New York
  • [03] Finance ministry tables amendment on lower heating oil special consumption tax

  • [01] Parliamentary majority target attainable, SYRIZA says

    ANA/MPA---Main opposition SYRIZA's target for parliamentary majority is attainable, the party said on Tuesday citing recently published opinion polls that have been analysed by SYRIZA.

    According to a SYRIZA note, recent opinion polls show a clear lead of the main opposition party, confirming that its government programme is becoming increasing popular among citizens.

    SYRIZA's clear victory at the Europarliament elections, the party said, has set the stage for initiatives during the summer regarding Public Power Corp (PPC) and the sea shore as well as for forming alliances aimed at defending the public wealth.

    SYRIZA estimates that based on opinion poll results "the target of a parliamentary majority is attainable, while we should take into consideration that those measurements were conducted during a non pre-election period and the political questions are less pressing for the citizens."

    On the contrary, SYRIZA said, New Democracy's inability to govern even through alliances has become obvious.

    The main opposition party concluded by saying that the opinion poll numbers, coupled with data for the popularity of SYRIZA's political proposal, make clear that the "radical left is now the only alternative solution for the citizens."

    "The government programme it has presented as well as SYRIZA's international initiatives and contacts render the party the only credible government solution that will defend the interests of society in Greece and abroad," SYRIZA said.

    [02] FM Venizelos addresses UN Climate Summit in New York

    ANA/MPA---Government Vice President and Foreign Minister Evangelos Venizelos called the UN Climate Summit 2014 "a milestone on the road to Paris" and the meetings on climate there next year, during his address at the meeting.

    "Today's meeting constitutes a milestone on the road to Paris," Venizelos said, "It provides us with the opportunity to sustain momentum and capitalise on the work already undertaken to reach an ambitious, legally binding agreement next year, in order to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius."

    Speaking of the environmental challenges increasingly making themselves felt in Europe, Venizelos said Greece supports the European Commission's proposals for the 2030 Framework and added that "energy efficiency measures are effective policy tools aimed at easing the burden of consumers struggling with high energy prices."

    The Greek FM noted Greek islands' "vast wind and solar potential" that he said could supply energy to many regions and thus contribute to the EU's overall renewables target.

    Greece firmly supports the "Putting a Price on Carbon" initiative, he added, and endorses its launch as one of the collaborative actions of the current summit.

    [03] Finance ministry tables amendment on lower heating oil special consumption tax

    ANA/MPA---The Finance ministry on Tuesday tabled an amendment in Parliament that provides for the reduction of the special consumption tax on heating oil and kerosene from 330 euros per 1,000 litres to 230 euros per 1,000 litres.

    According to the explanatory memorandum of the amendment, "the reduction of special consumption tax rates by 30 percent aims at heating oil and kerosene consumers' tax relief with a view to increasing the consumption of these products and address the environmental pollution due to the use of substitute products that affect the atmosphere."

    The amendment is attached to the bill on the legal status of religious communities in Greece.


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