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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-07-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Alt. Social Insurance Minister: Government will not sign agreement that condemns the country and the people
  • [02] ND leader Meimarakis called PM Tsipras to brief the parliament on the latest developments
  • [03] EuroWorking Group will examine the Greek request to ESM
  • [04] Greek trade deficit down 11.6 pct in Jan-May

  • [01] Alt. Social Insurance Minister: Government will not sign agreement that condemns the country and the people

    The Greek government's determination to proceed with the negotiation in order to close a deal based on the people's mandate and its decision in Sunday's referendum, underlined on Wednesday Alternate Social Insurance Minister Dimitris Stratoulis speaking to private ANT1 TV.

    According to Stratoulis, the government's position for agreement moves in three axes: To not foresee recessionary measures as cuts in salaries and pensions, to foresee measures for development and to include a clear commitment for the relief of the Greek debt. "There is not return" and the government will not sign an agreement that will condemn the country and the people. He did not hesitate to say that in case the partners continue their blackmailing tactic there are alternative solutions for Greece.

    Stratoulis underlined that there is no legal framework that allows to our partners to kick us out of the eurozone or from the European Union and remained adamant that the government will not step back on major issues because if it was in the government's intentions it would not wait five month to do it.

    [02] ND leader Meimarakis called PM Tsipras to brief the parliament on the latest developments

    ANA/MPA---Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Evangelos Meimarakis called Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to brief the parliament on Wednesday night on the course of the negotiations.

    Meimarakis clarified that he will not participate in a behind closed doors political leaders' meeting before Tsipras has briefed the Greek people and the Greek parliament.

    Moreover, he said that on Wednesday night he had a contact with President of Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos and informed him on everyone's responsibilities.

    [03] EuroWorking Group will examine the Greek request to ESM

    ANA/MPA--The representative of Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem Michel Reijns announced via twitter that the Greek governent's request for financial aid from the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) will be examined by the Euro Working Group and not from the Eurogroup.

    The same representative explained to ANA-MPA that the Greek request can be examined by the EWG and there is not need for a Eurogroup teleconference.

    [04] Greek trade deficit down 11.6 pct in Jan-May

    ANA/MPA---The Greek trade deficit shrank by 24.2 pct in May as imports fell drastically in the month, pushing the country's trade deficit 11.6 pct lower in the January-May period, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Wednesday.

    The statistics service, in a report, said that the value of import-arrivals totaled 3.583 billion euros in May, from 4.0 billion in the same month last year, for a decline of 10.4 pct (excluding oil products the value of imports grew by 151.3 million euros or 5.8 pct).

    The value of export-deliveries totaled 2.280 billion euros in May, down 0.04 pct from the same month last year (excluding oil products the value of exports grew 4.9 pct).

    The country's trade deficit was 1.303 billion euros in May, from 1.719 billion in May 2014, a decline of 24.2 pct (excluding oil products the trade deficit grew by 7.0 pct).

    In the January-May period, the value of imports totaled 18.447 billion euros, from 19.454 billion in the corresponding period in 2014, a decline of 5.2 pct (excluding oil products the trade deficit grew by 2.9 pct).

    The value of exports totaled 10.733 billion euros in the five-month period, from 10.730 billion euros last year, an increase of 0.02 pct (excluding oil products the value of exports grew 12.6 pct).

    The trade deficit totaled 7.714 billion euros in the five-month period, from 8.724 billion last year, a decline of 11.6 pct (excluding oil products the trade deficit fell by 7.0 pct).


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