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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-23

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

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  • [01] 'We need a new vision for humanity', Tsipras says at UN World Humanitarian Summit
  • [02] EWG to make positive recommendation for conclusion of Greek programme review
  • [03] Fraport Greece welcomes ratification of contracts for 14 regional airports

  • [01] 'We need a new vision for humanity', Tsipras says at UN World Humanitarian Summit

    The humanitarian crisis can only be tackled with coordination, cooperation and solidarity, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Monday, while addressing heads of state and government at the U.N. World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul. Thanking the U.N. and the summit hosts Turkey, the Greek prime minister said the meeting was more essential than ever at a time when the number of people needing humanitarian aid was increasing daily.

    "We have a strong conviction that, in order to deal with this challenge, we need a new vision relating to humanitarian aid," Tsipras said. "We will not be able to unfold this new vision without also creating a new vision for humanity as a whole," he added.

    "In Greece we are facing two major crises simultaneously: the economic and refugee crisis," Tsipras said, noting that Greece was at the centre of a neighbourhood also facing major security issues. The discussion underway at the Istanbul summit on Monday and Tuesday was very important in order to "enrich our reactions to the crisis that lies behind all the rest: the humanitarian crisis," he added.

    "Seventy years ago, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights underlined the need to protect the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all people. Since then, significant steps have been made in order to ensure that human rights and humanitarian law are standards on which all countries are judged but we still have some way to go," Tsipras said, pointing out that the challenges were growing and had multi-sided humanitarian consequences.

    [02] EWG to make positive recommendation for conclusion of Greek programme review

    The EuroWorking Group (WG), that will convene on Monday in Brussels, is expected to make a positive recommendation to the Finance Ministers of the eurozone for the conclusion of the first programme review.

    After the voting of the omnibus bill in the Greek parliament, the EWG is expected to officially confirm the agreement at technical level between Greece and the institutions. According to sources, the European Commission will submit the "draft" compliance report to the EWG. The "final" compliance report will be submitted after the Eurogroup.

    The Eurogroup on Tuesday is expected to ratify the conclusion of the programme review and give the green light for the disbursement of, according to sources, 9-11 billion euro tranche.

    The economic staff of the eurozone Finance ministries are also expected to discuss Greece's debt settlement based on the proposals of the European Support Mechanism (ESM).

    [03] Fraport Greece welcomes ratification of contracts for 14 regional airports

    Fraport Greece on Monday welcomed the ratification by the Greek Parliement of contracts for the concession of 14 regional airports and said this was one of the biggest investments in Greece.

    Alexander Zinell, Fraport Greece's CEO, in a statement said: "Our commitment is that this project to be mutually beneficiary both to Greece and its citizens, the tourism industry and the economy and to tourists around the world and to those using the 14 regional airports in general. A successful ratification sends a strong message to the global market: Greece is looking forward, creating a new dynamic environment for investments in the country. They can now move forward rapidly to implementing the project. Fraport Greece has already begun preparatory work in the planning of the 14 regional airports. We all together work to complete this project".


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