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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-08

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  • [01] Greece aiming for agreement on 2nd review by Nov. 28, finance ministry source says
  • [02] More than six in 10 death certificates in Greece contain errors
  • [03] Hellas Horse Races sign strategic agreement with PMU

  • [01] Greece aiming for agreement on 2nd review by Nov. 28, finance ministry source says

    BRUSSELS (ANA/ C. Vasilaki) The Greek side is aiming for an institutions-level agreement on the second review by November 28, when the EuroWorking Group will meet to prepare for the Eurogroup on December 5, a Greek finance ministry source told the press here on Tuesday.

    Achieving this target will also mark the start of an in-depth discussion on debt relief that will help create a "clear exit corridor" for Greece, the same source said. This "corridor" will include the basic steps that will lead Greece to an exit from memorandum programmes in mid-2018, the source added, specifying that this means an agreement on the debt, participation in the European Central Bank (ECB) quantitative easing programme, a successful foray into the markets and, finally, an exit from memorandum programmes.

    The same source reported that the atmosphere within the Eurogroup was good, and that despite the various disagreements and differences on what is needed to make Greece's debt sustainable all sides agreed on these steps and time frame. The source also clarified that the short-term measures due to be presented at the next Eurogroup will be "more ambitious" than had been expected.

    The goal of the Greek side and many others, as indicated by the statements of Eurogroup President Jeroen Dijsselbloem and European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici on Monday, was for the upcoming discussion to go further and include primary surpluses after 2018, the source added.

    Regarding medium-term measures, these will concern a combination of steady interest rates, a grace period and maturation linked to debt sustainability and primary surpluses, the source said.

    [02] More than six in 10 death certificates in Greece contain errors

    More than six in 10 death certificates issued in Greece contain errors, especially with regard to the information given about the cause of death, according to the Hellenic Society of Forensic Medicine.

    The society cited figures given at a medical conference held on Crete on November 4-6 showing that 64 pct of death certificates contain significant errors, mostly relating to "the mistaken use of death mechanisms instead of causes and an incorrect order of recording multiple causes."

    The society stressed the need to improve the training given to doctors in this area, noting that the information given on death certificates was the main source of data for calculating mortality statistics in the country, which in turn served as the basis of the oldest and most comprehensive system for monitoring public health and deciding policy and targets in this area.

    [03] Hellas Horse Races sign strategic agreement with PMU

    Hellas Horse Races SA, a member of OPAP Group, on Tuesday announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement with Paris Mutuel Urbain (PMU), the French Horse Races, offering Greek players access to the largest European horse racing common pool, bringing together 19 countries with 24,000 sales points.

    Greek players will be able not only to bet on French horse races but to participate in the common pool together with bets placed by players from other countries, seeking larger awards. French Horse Races have an annual turnover of 8.2 billion euros, or 22.5 million euros on average per day. The French pool has an average play of 823,500 euros per race.

    Hellas Horse Races SA has the exclusive right to organise ground and internet mutual horse racing betting in Greece for 20 and five years, respectively.

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