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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-07-23

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  • [01] Konstantopoulou meets PM, stresses 'shared commitments'
  • [02] New party president to be elected by early 2016, ND decides
  • [03] Presidency to host luncheon for 41st anniversary since restoring democracy
  • [04] Fires continued to rage on Evia, Rhodes and Dragogi on Thursday
  • [05] Final decisions on re-opening Athens stock market next week, sources say

  • [01] Konstantopoulou meets PM, stresses 'shared commitments'

    ANA-MPA -- In statements after a two-hour meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Thursday, Parliament President Zoi Konstantopoulou said that their relations remained cordial, despite her refusal to back the draft bills that the government had brought to Parliament in order to launch negotiations on a third bailout for Greece. "With the prime minister we are linked by ties of comradeship, sincerity and a common willingness, commitment and desire to defend the rights of our people, the prospects of this country and the cohesion of the left and of SYRIZA that some would like to see shredded," she noted. Konstantopoulou said they had a sincere and in-depth discussion with Tsipras about the events of the past few days and the "initiatives that must be taken by the Parliament and institutional representations in relation to the protection of the things that are the non-negotiable rights of our people and in relation to defending democracy, which is being sorely tested in Europe." The Parliament president said that she had "unequivocally stressed" the "common commitment of the prime minister and myself to serving the interests of the people, the people's sovereignty and the result of the people's vote." "At such times when institutional representations and political positions are being tested, it is important that the representatives of precisely these institutions can talk with sincerity and directness, even if they had different opinions or approaches, to talk openly, reach an understanding and come up with solutions," she added. According to sources within the prime minister's office, Tsipras had expressed concern over the institutional "dissonance" created by her decision to differentiate herself from the collective policy direction of the government and the Parliamentary majority that supports her. They said that the prime minister carefully listened to her views and that the meeting was held in a cordial and sincere atmosphere. The meeting was requested by Konstantopoulou so that she might discuss her objections to the procedure followed for the second package of prior actions passed by Parliament in the early hours of Thursday morning, which she claimed flouted the Constitution, and a letter that she sent to Tsipras to request that he convey these concerns to his European counterparts.

    [02] New party president to be elected by early 2016, ND decides

    ANA-MPA -- The new president of New Democracy will be elected by the spring of 2016 at the latest, ND's Executive Secretariat and Political Council decided unanimously on Thursday. They also agreed that the election will be carried out in accordance with the new procedure calling for direct election by the party's grass roots and society, first used in November 2009. This gives a right to vote to all those registered as party members, even if they register right before voting. The party's Political Committee is due to convene on Friday to approve the decision.

    [03] Presidency to host luncheon for 41st anniversary since restoring democracy

    ANA-MPA -- President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos will host a luncheon for the political party leaders at 14:00 on Friday at the presidential mansion to mark the 41st anniversary since the fall of the 1967-1974 military junta and the restoration of democracy in Greece. The luncheon will be attended by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, main opposition New Democracy's interim leader Evangelos Meimarakis, the head of the opposition party Potami Stavros Theodorakis, Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Central Committee member Athanasios Pafilis (in the absence of KKE General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas), the head of the Independent Greeks (ANEL) party Panos Kammenos and PASOK leader Fofi Gennimata.

    [04] Fires continued to rage on Evia, Rhodes and Dragogi on Thursday

    ANA-MPA -- Wildfires that started on Thursday were continuing to burn on the islands of Rhodes and Evia, as well as Dragogi in Ileia.

    A forest fire that broke out on the Aegean island of Rhodes was continuing to rage unchecked on Thursday afternoon, despite the fire brigade's best efforts to put it out. Rhodes Mayor Fotis Hatzidiakos appealed to all citizens that owned bulldozers or large tractors to assist in the fire-fighting effort on the island by helping to open up firebreaks to corral the flames. He painted a grim picture, noting that the multiple simultaneous locations of the fire made it hard to get under control. By the afternoon, the flames had passed the village of Laerma and were heading toward an agricultural region near the village Apollonon. Fire-fighting forces were making efforts to prevent the flames from reaching the fields. In addition to fire brigade forces on the ground and volunteers, the fire brigade and Greek army had sent three water-bombing helicopters and an airplane to assist from the air. The village of Makrykapa on the island of Evia was evacuated as a precaution on Thursday, due to a major wildfire that broke out in the area earlier in the afternoon. A force of 19 fire-engines, 50 fire-fighters and a 12-man team on foot, assisted by four water-bombing aircraft, are currently struggling to put out the blaze.

    A fire that broke out on Thursday in Dragogi, in the Andritsaina-Krestena municipality of Ileia, Peloponnese, is not posing any threat to homes or inhabited areas, Western Greece Region governor Apostolos Katsifaras told the ANA-MPA. The fire brigade said the fire was burning an forested area and was being combatted by forces on the ground, without assistance from the air. The fire-fighters have so far managed to contain the flames and lead them away from the houses, with the fire brigade reporting that "things are looking much better".

    [05] Final decisions on re-opening Athens stock market next week, sources say

    ANA-MPA -- Final decisions concerning the re-opening of the Athens stock exchange will be taken next week, senior finance ministry officials said on Thursday. They said that representatives of the Bank of Greece, the Capital Markets Commission, the stock exchange and the Association of Members of the Athens Exchanges are currently deliberating on how best to resume the operation of capital markets smoothly. The main point of dispute is the limit that will be imposed on domestic investors when it comes to using their bank deposits for investments in the domestic market, with three different alternatives under discussion. One idea is that investors will be able to buy stocks using, in addition to 'new money', a small percentage (e.g. 10 pct) or a set upper limit (e.g. 5,000 euros) of their existing bank deposits. Another is that investors will be able to use their credit balance with stock brokerages, though this sum is just 30 million euros, while a third is the possibility of transferring capital from bank accounts to investor accounts using e-banking.
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