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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-01

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greek bank deposits up 1.15 bln euros in Dec‏
  • [02] FYRoM authorities increase security on border with Greece at Idomeni site
  • [03] Athens declines invitation for SE Europe police chiefs' meeting on border issue

  • [01] Greek bank deposits up 1.15 bln euros in Dec‏

    Greek bank deposits grew 1.15 billion euros in December, a "small but significant return of deposits" after six years of losses which amounted to 114 billion euros, National Bank chairwoman and Hellenic Bank Association president Louka Katseli said on Tuesday.

    Speaking in Parliament, Katseli said a full return of deposits should be expected in the next three years after a review of the programme was completed, normality returned to the market and capital controls were lifted.

    "Challenges we face after the recapitalisation of banks is the return of deposits, managing non-performing loans and channeling liquidity in the market," Katseli said, adding that adoption of EU directive 2014/49 into Greek law preserved a guarantee of 100,000 euros per depositor per credit institution, plus another 300,000 euros for deposits destined for certain types of transactions, such as real estate sales or compensations.

    [02] FYRoM authorities increase security on border with Greece at Idomeni site

    SKOPJE (ANA-MPA / F. Fragopoulos) -- Authorities in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) have reinforced security measures in a no-man's land on the frontier between Greece and fYRoM in order to avert another attempt by migrants and refugees to break through the barriers and enter the country, local media reported on Tuesday.

    The Skopje government has significantly increase the number of police and military forces deployed in neutral zone, while two army and police helicopters were carrying out regular aerial patrols. According to sources, an additional 700 police officers and troops had been sent to the area.

    Greece's northern neighbor has stopped allowing refugees through as of Monday afternoon, following the clashes between migrants and security forces at the border. FYROM police sources said the point of passage in the no-man's land between Idomeni and Gevgelija, the border town on the fYRoM side, will remain closed until tensions subside and the situation normalises.

    [03] Athens declines invitation for SE Europe police chiefs' meeting on border issue

    The Greek government declined an invitation to participate in a second meeting of police chiefs from four Balkan countries -- Fyrom, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia -- along with Austria, which was held on Tuesday in Belgrade on the pressing issue of border controls.

    The first such meeting was held in Zagreb on Feb. 18.

    Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias had condemned the initiative as unilateral and outside EU norms, clarifying that decisions from the meeting violated the agreement at the recent European Summit on the border and refugee issue.

    Athens turned down the invitation, which also precluded the possibility of making the previous Zagreb meeting "legal".


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