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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-01-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Composition of new cabinet
  • [02] PPC privatisation to stop immediately, Productive Reconstruction Min. Lafazanis says
  • [03] Labour Minister Skourletis: Minimum wage back to 751 euros
  • [04] Alt. Administrative Reform Minister: Layoffs against the Constitution will be cancelled

  • [01] Composition of new cabinet

    The new SYRIZA government on Tuesday announced the composition of its first cabinet.

    The new government is as follows:

    Prime Minister: Alexis Tsipras

    Government Vice-President: Yiannis Dragasakis

    Interior - Administration Reconstruction Minister: Nikos Voutsis Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform: George Katrougalos Alternate Minister for Civil Protection: Yiannis Panousis Alternate Minister for Migration Policy: Tasia Christodoulopoulou Deputy Minister for Macedonia-Thrace: Maria Kollia-Tsarouha

    Economy, Infrastructure, Shipping and Tourism Minister: George Stathakis Alternate Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks: Christos Spirtzis Alternate Shipping Minister: Thodoris Dritsas Alternate Tourism Minister: Elena Kountoura

    Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister: Panagiotis Lafazanis Alternate Minister for the Environment: Yiannis Tsironis Alternate Minister for Rural Development: Vangelis Apostolou Deputy Minister for Rural Development: Panagiotis Sgouridis

    Finance Minister: Yanis Varoufakis Alternate Minister: Nadia Valavani Alternate Minister: Costas Mardas

    Education, Culture and Religious Affairs Minister: Aristidis Baltas Alternate Minister for Culture: Nikos Xydakis Alternate Minister for Education: Tasos Kourakis Alternate Minister for Research and Innovation: Costas Fotakis Deputy Minister for Sports: Stavros Kontonis

    Labour Minister: Panos Skourletis Alternate Minister for Social Solidarity: Theano Fotiou Deputy Minister for Combatting Unemployment: Rania Antonopoulou

    Health and Social Insurance Minister: Panagiotis Kouroumblis Alternate Minister for Health: Andreas Xanthos Alternate Minister for Social Insurance: Dimitris Stratoulis

    Foreign Minister: Nikos Kotzias Alternate Minister for European Affairs: Nikos Chountis Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations: Efklidis Tsakalotos

    National Defence Minister: Panos Kammenos Alternate Minister: Costas Isychos Deputy Minister: Nikos Toskas

    Justice Minister: Nikos Paraskevopoulos

    Minister of State for Combatting Corruption: Panagiotis Nikoloudis

    Minister of State for Coordinating Government Operations: Alekos Flambouraris Deputy Minister: Terens Quick

    Minister of State: Nikos Pappas

    Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister and Government spokesman: Gavriil Sakellaridis

    Proposed Parliament President: Zoi Constantopoulou

    The new cabinet was sworn in at Tuesday evening.

    [02] PPC privatisation to stop immediately, Productive Reconstruction Min. Lafazanis says

    ANA/MPA---Productive Reconstruction, Environment and Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, speaking to SKAI TV, announced the decision of the new government to immediately stop any privatization of Public Power Corporation (PPC) and the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE).

    "We will try to reduce the electricity tariffs and boost competitiveness in an effort to help the Greek households," he said.

    Lafazanis reiterated the same statements to Mega TV. "The issue is not to sell PPC in order to boost budget revenues, because the cost of these revenues is too high," he stressed and announced the immediate launch of the programme of free electricity to those in need.

    Asked whether these announcements will trigger problems in the negotiations with the European partners, he said that the government is held accountable only to the Greek people that have elected it.

    [03] Labour Minister Skourletis: Minimum wage back to 751 euros

    ANA/MPA---Labour Minister Panos Skourletis said on Wednesday, speaking to private ANT1 TV, that the "reinstitution of the minimum wage at 751 euros is among the government's first draft laws."

    He also underlined that among the government's first priorities are measures to intercept the humanitarian and social crisis.

    Skourletis noted that "we will move at odds with the memorandum demands and directions because that's the people's choice."

    [04] Alt. Administrative Reform Minister: Layoffs against the Constitution will be cancelled

    ANA/MPA---Alternate Minister for Administrative Reform Giorgos Katrougalos, speaking on Wednesday to ANT1 TV, reiterated the pledge that public sector layoffs that were against the Constitution will be cancelled.

    He explained that the layoffs that were against the Constitution and those that have not gone through any evaluation will be cancelled as well as the availability "for example of the cleaning staff in ministries, the school guards and the teachers."

    Asked on what will happen with ERT (former national broadcaster), he expressed his personal opinion because as he said, the issue does not lie into his authority. "What I have said for the other cases, also applies to ERT staff. A return to ERT does not mean a return to the ERT before the black screen but to the ERT after the black screen," he said. The aim is that "ERT is under the society's control and not under the control of whatever government and its interests."


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