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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-05

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

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  • [01] Social security and tax reform bills secure pensions, protects the weak, say gov't sources
  • [02] Greek public debt sustainability to be discussed at Eurogroup
  • [03] Nearly 1,700 returned to native countries from Greece in April, police report

  • [01] Social security and tax reform bills secure pensions, protects the weak, say gov't sources

    The government has managed to conclude negotiations with Greece's lenders based on the targets agreed last July and is a legislative proposal that is in direct contrast to the deals promoted by the previous ND-PASOK government, government sources said on Thursday, ahead of a vote in parliament on the bills over the weekend.

    "The government achieved the conclusion of the negotiations with the institutions on the targets of the agreement signed last July, with a reform that fully secures pensions, protects the weak, distributes tax and social security contribution burdens in a fairer and proportional way and ensures the sustainability of the social security system," the sources said.

    They also added this reform is the opposite of those brought forward by the coalition government of New Democracy and PASOK which took for granted a horizontal cut of pensions, a zero-deficit clause for supplementary pensions, the abolition of the tax-free ceiling and the burdening – once more – of the weaker tax payers who shouldered the huge weight of the economic crisis these past years.

    [02] Greek public debt sustainability to be discussed at Eurogroup

    The sustainability of Greece's public debt is expected to be discussed for the first time at a Eurogroup level on May 9.

    According to the main points of the agenda, the Eurogroup will hold an emergency meeting on Monday in Brussels to discuss the progress of Greece's macroeconomic adjustment program.

    Discussions will focus on the comprehensive package of policy reforms and the sustainability of Greece's public debt. "Both issues must be discussed in order to conclude the first program review and disburse further financial aid to Greece," according to the statement of the Eurogroup.

    [03] Nearly 1,700 returned to native countries from Greece in April, police report

    A total of 1,694 third-country nationals were deported or returned to their native country from all areas of Greece in April under operational planning to combat irregular migration, the Hellenic Police (ELAS) announced on Thursday. These were based either on return and deportation orders for illegal entry into Greece, the voluntary repatriation programmes operated by the International Organisation for Migration or the forced returns and voluntary departures overseen by ELAS services.

    The greatest number of returns were to Albania (852), followed by Pakistan (157), Morocco (107), Iran (61), Georgia (51), Afghanistan (45) and Bangladesh (29). A total of 6,427 third-country nationals have been returned to their country of origin since the start of the year, ELAS said.


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