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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-07-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Tsipras stresses importance of protecting weakest citizens
  • [02] Discussion over bill on second package of prior actions with an emergency procedure approved
  • [03] ANEL leader Kammenos rules out first residence foreclosures
  • [04] Debate on prior actions to begin in Parliament on Wednesday
  • [05] Delia Velculescu is the new IMF head representative in Greece

  • [01] PM Tsipras stresses importance of protecting weakest citizens

    "What matters at this time is for normality to return to the system, but also to ensure that moves affecting our weakest citizens will be avoided," Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday said in a meeting with the Hellenic Bank Association.

    "I think it was necessary to make this meeting; there are many items on the agenda," he said.

    The prime minister stressed that since there is an institutional gap until the protection of primary residence comes to Parliament, everything in power should be done to ensure the protection of the weakest citizens.

    On her part, the president of the Hellenic Bank Association said that "we want that the entire financial system to enter a phase of regularity and normality as soon as possible, to be able to lift any constraints in deposits withdrawal and capital flow."

    She said that the "the sooner we can achieve this goal, the better it will be for the recovery potential of the Greek economy."

    [02] Discussion over bill on second package of prior actions with an emergency procedure approved

    The discussion over the bill on the second package of prior actions with an emergency procedure was approved by majority.

    Government parties SYRIZA, Independent Greeks (ANEL) and opposition parties New Democracy, Potami and PASOK voted in favour. However, they accused the government of forcing the Parliament to vote under pressure.

    Golden Dawn and communist party KKE spoke of unacceptable procedures.

    Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos defended the government's request to discuss the bill with an emergency procedure stressing the need to conclude the deal as soon as possible. Furthermore, he stated that the controversial issues relating to early retirement and farmers have been removed from the bill.

    It is extremely important for the bill on the prior actions to pass so that the negotiation starts next Friday.

    [03] ANEL leader Kammenos rules out first residence foreclosures

    "I want to assure the Greek people that there is no risk for the first residence. Our presence in the government is a guarantee," government coalition junior partner Independent Greeks (ANEL) leader Panos Kammenos said on Wednesday after a meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at Maximos Mansion.

    "I will not allow any foreclosure of a Greek residence, this is binding," Kammenos, who is also Defence Minister, said.

    He added that "any scenarios on farmers' taxation which seek to create a certain climate are not real."

    [04] Debate on prior actions to begin in Parliament on Wednesday

    ANA-MPA -- Debate on the fast-track legislation for prior actions demanded by Greece's creditors - including changes to the code for civil procedure and the transposition of the Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) into Greek law - will begin on Wednesday morning, it was announced.

    A draft bill on the issue of permanent licences for private television stations and for the operation of the National Commission for Telecommunications and Post (EETT) will also be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest, Alternate Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Christos Spirtzis announced.

    [05] Delia Velculescu is the new IMF head representative in Greece

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is asking for the imposition of more austerity measures on Athens, replaced the head of its team in Greece, its spokesman said.

    Rishi Goyal will be replaced by economist Delia Velculescu, who has worked in the past with the Greek team.


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