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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-18

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] State budget to be tabled in parliament next week
  • [02] Greek households' available income down 4.5 pct in 2015
  • [03] New Democracy presents shadow government
  • [04] Greece in top five most popular destinations worldwide, Tourism Min Kountoura says
  • [05] 13 people arrested, 5 detained in clashes after march for Polytechnic uprising
  • [06] Free entrance to museums, archaeological sites on Nov 21

  • [01] State budget to be tabled in parliament next week

    The 2017 State Budget will be tabled in parliament next week and is expected to be voted by the parliament plenum until December 10.

    According to parliament sources, the first package of the second review's prior actions is scheduled to be voted by December 3. In the next days two omnibus bills with the prior actions will be tabled.

    The draft law on alternative fuel and another bill on the workers' mobility will be discussed next week.

    [02] Greek households' available income down 4.5 pct in 2015

    Greek households' and non-profit organizations' available income fell 5.5 pct, or 4.5 pct, in 2015 compared with 2014 to 114.8 billion euros, from 120.3 billion in 2014, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Friday.

    As a result, final consumption spending by Greek households fell by 2.3 billion euros, or 1.8 pct to 122.8 billion euros in 2015, from 125.1 billion in 2014, while the savings rate (savings/available income) fell to -7.0 pct in 2015 from -4.0 pct in 2014.

    The statistics service, in its annual non-financial accounts of institutional sectors, said that private investments (gross fixed capital formation) fell by 0.5 pct to 8.4 billion euros in 2015 from 8.5 billion in 2014. Finally, the external balance of goods and services recorded a surplus of 300 million euros in 2015 from a deficit of 4.3 billion in 2014.

    [03] New Democracy presents shadow government

    Main opposition New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday presented an ND 'shadow cabinet' that he said would be in a position to 'hard tackle' the government ministers one on one. He said the aim was to set party mechanisms on 'election alert', to press the government hard and to show that ND was ready to govern.

    ND unveiled a list of new sections matching each ministry, each led by members of its Parliamentary group, as given below:

    Interior Ministry

    Shadow Minister: ╠akis Voridis

    Alternate Shadow Minister: ╠aximos Charakopoulos

    Alternate Shadow Minister: Konstantinos Gioulekas

    Economy and Development Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Dora Bakoyannis

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Christos Dimas

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: ┼vangelos Basiakos

    Digital Policy, Media and Telecoms Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou

    National Defence Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Adonis Georgiadis

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: ┴nastasios Dimoschakis

    Education Ministry

    Shadow Minister: ═iki Kerameos

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: ╠aria Antoniou

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Yiannis Adrianos

    ┴lernate Shadow Minister: Christos Kellas

    Labour Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Yiannis Vroutsis

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Theodoros Karaoglou

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: ╠arios Salmas

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: ═otis Mitarakis

    Foreign Ministry

    Shadow Minister: George Koumoutsakos

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Stavros Kalafatis

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Simos Kedikoglou

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Savvas Anastasiadis

    Justice Ministry

    Shadow Minister: ═ikos Panagiotopoulos

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Costas Karagounis

    Finance Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Christos Staikouras

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Theodoros Fortsakis

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: ┴postolos Vesyropoulos

    Health Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Vassilis Economou

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: ╩aterina Papakosta

    Administrative Reconstruction Ministry

    Shadow Minister: George Georgantas

    Culture and Sports Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Olga Kefalogianni

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Anna Karamanli

    Environment and Energy Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Costas Skrekas

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Costas Katsafados

    Transport and Infrastructure Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Costas Karamanlis

    Alternate Shadow Minister: Christos Boukoros

    Migration Ministry

    Shadow Minister: ╠iltiadis Varvitsiotis

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Sophia Voultepsi

    Shipping Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Giannis Plakiotakis

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Charalambos Athanassiou

    Rural Development and Food Ministry

    Shadow Minister: Giorgos Kasapidis

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Giorgos Stilios

    ┴lternate Shadow Minister: Fotini Arabatzi

    Tourism Ministry

    Shadow Minister: ╠anos Konsolas

    [04] Greece in top five most popular destinations worldwide, Tourism Min Kountoura says

    "Greece has turned page; we managed to be in the top five of the most popular destinations in the world," Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura on Friday said at the conference {Re}-Branding Destinations held within the framework of Philoxenia-Hotelia in Thessaloniki.

    "Tourism contributes to 20 pct of Greece's GDP, 1.2 million direct and indirect jobs are in tourism sector and this revenue is a breath to the economy," the minister noted.

    "We overcame the obstacles of an exceptionally difficult year ... and we managed to change the negative climate," she added.

    Kountoura underlined that the ministry's strategy brought historic records for two consecutive years. "We had 26 mln tourists in 2015 and 14 bln euros revenues while the country made a strong start in 2016 and targets are expected to be surpassed."

    [05] 13 people arrested, 5 detained in clashes after march for Polytechnic uprising

    Thirteen people were arrested while five more were detained near the Athens Polytechnic late on Thursday alleged to be involved in the clashes that broke out after the march for the 43rd anniversary of the students uprising.

    Earlier, roughly 200 hooded invidivuals threw firebombs, stones, chairs and other objects against police.

    Meanwhile, 12 people were arrested in Patras for their involvement in clashes after the march for the Polytechnic uprising.

    [06] Free entrance to museums, archaeological sites on Nov 21

    Exhibitions, tours, educational programmes, and visits to workshops are included in the agenda of the Archaeological Service on November 21.

    The events, organized by the Association of Greek Archaeologists, its members and the culture ministry employees concern the excavation, restoration, museum, educational and the overall work of the Archaeological Service. Therefore, the doors to archaeological sites, monuments, museums, and maintenance workshops will be open on Monday and archaeologists will explain and speak of the importance of their work.

    Entrance to archaeological sites and museums will be free to public


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