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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Gov't spokesman: Agreement within the framework of the people's mandate
  • [02] ND spokesman: PM's interview a total fiasco
  • [03] World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebrated on April 28

  • [01] Gov't spokesman: Agreement within the framework of the people's mandate

    ANA/MPA---"We are close to an agreement that will revive the economy and the society," government spokesman Gavriil Sakellaridis said speaking on Tuesday to private TV Skai.

    "At this phase we are heading to a minimum agreement in order to unblock the liquidity and the main agreement will close after June," he stressed adding that "under no circumstances will this government sign any kind of memorandum."

    On the referendum, Sakellaridis noted that "the prime minister is very clear. It will be held only if the agreement does not move within the framework of the people's mandate and of our policy statements...it will not be necessary if the agreement is fair."

    However, he underlined that the government does whatever possible for a fair agreement that will not violate the people's mandate red lines for a real breather. "As long as this government is negotiating, it will do whatever possible for a just agreement. We are close to an agreement with the characteristics of dignity that will revive the economy and the society based on February 20 Eurogroup agreement. The Greek government's aim is to close the agreement in a series of matters of its own choice," the government spokesman said and reassured that "the agreement with the partners will not be harmful."

    Regarding the political negotiation group, Sakellaridis said that the "negotiation issue is not Mr.Varoufakis' (Yanis, Finance Minister) personal matter...a huge effort has been made to target Mr. Varoufakis in a way that is unfair. Mr.Varoufakis has our full support, but at this crucial moment a redeployment on all negotiation levels was considered necessary... and we are very optimistic for a just solution," he added.

    The three-year agreement will not be viable if the debt sustainability problem is not solved. It is one of the most important issues that the government is called to deal with and it will do so", said Sakellaridis.

    [02] ND spokesman: PM's interview a total fiasco

    ANA/MPA---Main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Costas Karagounis called prime minister Alexis Tsipras' interview to private TV Star late Monday "a total fiasco and complete destruction."

    In his statement, Karagounis noted: "After learning that the 'proud negotiation' was a mistake as the abolition of the memorandum, the debt cancellation and the aboliton of ENFIA (Uniform Real Estate Tax) and the increase of the tax free limit, were forgotten, they finally confess that they are led either to a summersault or to a referendum for the drachma."

    [03] World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebrated on April 28

    ANA/MPA---The World Day for Safety and Health at Work is celebrated on April 28 in more than 100 countries. It was established in 2001 while Greece has participated in the events organised within the framework of World Day for Safety and Health at Work since 2005.

    "A national occupational safety and health culture is one in which the right to a safe and healthy working environment is respected at all levels, where governments, employers and workers actively participate in securing a safe and healthy working environment through a system of defined rights, responsibilities and duties, and where the highest priority is accorded to the principle of prevention," according to the International Labour Organisation.

    The head of the General Directorate of Working Conditions and Health at Work Antonis Christodoulou said to ANA-MPA: "‘he World Day for Safety and Health at Work has been established since 2001 in order to turn the international interest into accident prevention and diseases related to work. The lack of prevention costs each year on average 4 percent of global GDP while in Greece this translates into 6 billion euros annually. The issue is not just economic, but it also has to do with the cost of human lives. Almost 5,000 people at European level die every year as a result of work accidents and nearly 160,000 people die from diseases related to work, mainly cancers. With a series of actions this year, we are stressing the importance of creating a culture of prevention that concerns everyone, that is the state, the employers and the employees."


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