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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-04-30

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

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  • [01] Transportation strikes and stoppages on Labour Day
  • [02] Greek gov't wants a mutually beneficial deal, possibly before May 11, says senior official
  • [03] E-ticket to Acropolis archaeolgical site from June

  • [01] Transportation strikes and stoppages on Labour Day

    ANA/MPA---Railway, Athens Metro, electric train, bus and trolley services will be disrupted on Friday, as workers will join the general strike and hold work stoppages for May 1 (Labour Day).

    Hellenic Railways (OSE) will stop running all day. The urban railway (proastiakos) will also be on strike, affecting inter-city runs and anyone going to the airport on the Athens Metro, which will only go as far as the Doukissis Plakentias station in its northeastern branch. Disruptions are also expected on Thursday night.

    Electric trains, tram and metro will hold work stoppages from the start of the shift until 09:00 a.m.

    Buses will operate from 09:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. and trolleys from 08:30 a.m. to 09:00 p.m.

    [02] Greek gov't wants a mutually beneficial deal, possibly before May 11, says senior official

    ANA - MPA -- Greece wants a mutually beneficial deal with its creditors as soon as possible, even before May 11, a senior government official who participated in the meeting of the political negotiating team at the finance ministry said on Wednesday.

    "We want a mutually beneficial agreement as soon as possible – possibly even with an emergency Eurogroup meeting before May 11 – which we connect with a solution to the problem of liquidity," the official said, adding that an important breakthrough in negotiations would suffice to resolve the liquidity crunch.

      He also said the government is not discussing cutting pensions and not backing down from the "red lines" presented by the prime minister, while he noted that it is "not playing political games". The statement came after comments by European officials in Brussels that if Greece backs down on social security, labour or tax issues, a deal will be brokered. 

    The same official said that the government will present a draft of the omnibus bill based on "Varoufakis' list" at the cabinet meeting on Thursday (at 17.00pm), but warned the bill "is not written in stone" and may not be completed in one meeting, or in 1-2 days. Among the unresolved issues is the auctioning of the main residences of debtors, which will be decided on Thursday.  After it is completed, the bill will then be submitted to the Brussels Group which will convene again on Thursday to discuss tax and publicadministration, state assets and the disagreements which remain from the previous meeting. 

    The official also said the government received a positive climate from the EuroWorking Group (EWG) which is currently convening in Brussels. 

    [03] E-ticket to Acropolis archaeolgical site from June

    ANA/MPA---The electronic ticket will be applied from June starting from the archaeological site of the Acropolis with aim to be applied to all Greek archaeological sites by the end of the year, stated on Thursday Alternate Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis.

    Moreover, he clarified that the funding of Amphipolis excavation continues but not only for the excavation itself but for other important works of maintenance and restoration of the finds and the monument as well as for anthropological analysis of the materials.

    Xydakis answered to questions raised by SYRIZA deputy Maria Kanellopoulou and New Democracy (ND) deputy Fotini Arabatzi.


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