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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-22

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Parliament approves bill on prior actions with 153 votes
  • [02] Event in central Athens marks genocide of Pontic Greeks and Armenians
  • [03] Finance ministry to impose 35 pct flat tax rate on gambling revenues
  • [04] Labour unions, parties join rally against prior actions bill

  • [01] Parliament approves bill on prior actions with 153 votes

    Greek parliament approved in principle on Sunday the omnibus bill on the prior actions demanded by Greece's lenders to conclude the program review, with 153 votes.

    A surprise vote against two articles came by SYRIZA MP Vasiliki Katrivanou who voted against the new privatization fund and the contingency mechanism.

    [02] Event in central Athens marks genocide of Pontic Greeks and Armenians

    Prominent Greeks of Armenian and Pontic descent were honored during a special ceremony held at the Temple of Olympian Zeus in Athens on Saturday, which culminated a series of events organized by the ministry of defence to mark the anniversary of the Pontic Greek and Armenian genocide in the early 20th century.

    "The genocide of Pontic Greeks and Armenians remains in collective memory as one of the most horrific crimes of the last century, but also as a crime for which, after so many years, justice has not been served," Defence Minister Panos Kammenos in his speech.

    He also urged for all parties involved to continue the fight for international recognition of the event.

    [03] Finance ministry to impose 35 pct flat tax rate on gambling revenues

    The government will impose a unified tax rate of 35 pct on the mixed revenues of gambling companies, according to an amendment tabled by Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos in parliament on Sunday.

    With the amendment, Tsakalotos abolished the tiered pricing with rates that ranged from 30-35 pct depending on gross revenues and replaced it with a single rate of 35 pct.

    [04] Labour unions, parties join rally against prior actions bill

    Labour unions and political parties are holding a rally outside the parliament on Sunday to protest against the omnibus bill on prior actions as the voting process got underway.

    "The debate on debt is a success story that shifts the burden from us to our grandchildren, so we invite all citizens to resist this policy even if the bill is approved, and we also invite SYRIZA lawmakers who will vote the bill to consider their legacy," said Stavros Koutsoubelis, the head of public sector union ADEDY.

    Apart from ADEDY, Popular Unity party (LAE), ANDARSYA, employees in public transport and PAME union also joined the rally. The unions also warned that approval of the measures will not end their labour action.


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