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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-10-04

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  • [01] New Polls, Same Liquidity
  • [02] Budget to Be Submitted
  • [03] Hierarchy Sent Letter to EducMin

  • [01] At Political Stage

    New Polls, Same Liquidity

    04 Οκτ 2008 19:22:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105.8

    Results of two new polls, which have recorded political liquidity, indicate lead of both large political parties, Kostas Karamanlis remaining the most appropriate politician for the post of premiership and the ND party winner of elections. In a poll conducted by RASS on behalf of the newspaper "Paron", the ND party is 0.2% ahead gathering 31.3% of the votes, followed by PASOK with 31.1%, GCP 7.2%, SYRIZA 9.3%, LAOS 4.4% and the undecided 9.5%.Prime-minister, Kostas Karamanlis is considered the most appropriate for the post of premiership with 45.9% against 32.8% of George Papandreou. Of respondents 20.2% said no one. In response to question which party is to win in the forthcoming elections ND is ahead with 47.5% against PASOK 44.8%, increasing its points compared to last poll. In MRB poll conducted for "Typos tis Kyriakis" newspaper, PASOK is in 0.1% points ahead with 29.4% against ND 29.3%, followed by GCP 7.2%, SYRIZA 10.1% LAOS with 4.9% and the undecided 15.4%. Also this poll indicates that Kostas Karamanlis is the most appropriate for the premiership office with 42.3% against George Papandreou 36.6% while no one was the answer of 20.1% of those questioned. ND is considered winner of elections with 43.5% against PASOK with 34.6%. In MRB poll, voters call the government to go ahead with reforms, clear Batopedi case and proceed to changes.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [02] To Parliament on Monday

    Budget to Be Submitted

    04 Οκτ 2008 19:50:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ

    The government is to submit draftbill on 2009 state budget to the Parliament on Monday. It is not expected to include new taxation measures except for those already announced while the governments commitments to support low income groups, combat tax evasion, cut down state expenditures, keep deficit under 3% and growth at high pace are the challenges the government must meet with 2009 budget. Salary rises will not be above inflation rate which is interpreted to another year of strict budget on income policy. It is expected that the largest part of 2009 revenues will come from from recent taxation measures which will inflow about 4.5 billion euros to state funds. According to Foreign Ministry staff the above sum will be raised from additional taxes mounting to 600 million due to broadening of taxation base, closing of pending cases from 2000-2006,estimated to bring 1 billion euros, regulation on expired debts to bring about 1 billion euros, taxation of dividend of shares(250 million) and additional taxes to be paid by companies through increase of advance tax payment from 65% to 80%.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

    [03] On Religion Lesson

    Hierarchy Sent Letter to EducMin

    04 Οκτ 2008 18:19:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ 105.8

    The Greek Church, following its decision to intervene regarding classroom teaching of Religion lesson and cremation of the dead and its repercussions, sent a letter to the Education Ministry proposing the resolution of the issue according to majority opinion of parents, Theology teachers and public opinion. On the issue of cremation, the Greek Church Hierarchy will make a proposal after a new meeting.

    Translated by Chrisanthi Sarantis

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