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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-10-13

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  • [01] Reforms Shields Greek Economy
  • [02] Talks on Olympic Airways
  • [03] European Road Safety Day
  • [04] Controls in School Buses
  • [05] Work Stoppage in Metro

  • [01] On Greek Economy

    Reforms Shields Greek Economy

    13 Οκτ 2008 21:40:00

    Sources: ANA

    Minister of Economy, Mr. Alogoskoufis delivered a speech in the Summit Meeting of the International Bank and of the IMF in Washington underlying that the fiscal purification of the reform plan is the best protection shield for the Greek economy. More specifically he stated: "The international financial system is facing a serious problem that demands an immediate and special respond in an international level. We must continue to work in order to restore the trust, to smooth the flow of bank credits, to reinforce the capitalization of the banking system and to support the international financial development. The credit crisis has negative effects in the international development. All countries in the world including Eurozones economy have been affected". On reference to the plan adopted in order to tackle the consequences of the crisis, Mr. Alogoskoufis said: "The recent announcement released by the ministers of economy the governors of central banks and the group of "7" suggests an action plan that, if fully applied, it will help the stabilization of the financial credit conditions. Governments and the central banks of the European Union have agreed to co operate in order to apply the necessary for the tackling of the financial turbulence decisions as well as the rules of the Stability and Development Agreement.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [02] Hatzidakis-OSPA Meeting

    Talks on Olympic Airways

    13 Οκτ 2008 20:51:00

    By Katerina Ioannidou

    Sources: ΑNA-ΜNA-ΝΕΤ

    Federation of Civil Aviation Unions (OSPA)is meeting today with minister of Transport Mr. Kostis Hatzidakis who is expected to announce his final plan regarding the denationalization of Olympic Airways within the following days. OA unions disagreed on whether they should proceed to dialogue with the minister of transport or not. OSPA adopted a harsh stance and rejected the dialogue but flying attendants unions, pilots and contract employees agreed on the ministrys plans regarding the working environment. Most specifically, minister of transport fulfilled the demands of flying attendants and will provide a 50% raise in their pension benefit stamps. As per the contract employees, Mr. Hatzidakis announced that OAED allowance will rise up to 50% and 30.000 finds will be provided to those who wish to start their own business. Last but not least pilots pension as well as the allowance of transport to another company will be increased.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [03] Targets at Reducing Accidents

    European Road Safety Day

    13 Οκτ 2008 19:49:00

    Sources: ΝΕΤ, ΝΕΤ 105,8

    The park of the new road safety education opened today in Tavros area, Athens. Ministry of Transport will provided funds for 100 more parks but only half operate. What must be stressed is that accidents were reduced in 2007 up to 30% in Greece and 50% in Europe. "The states measures are not enough to change peoples attitude", minister of Transport, Kostas Hatzidakis stressed. Reckless driving, driving in the opposite lane and inside residential areas are the main cause of accidents. This is the profile adopted by Greek drivers; a profile that can change if special road safety education is adopted from a young age.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [04] By Athens Prefecture

    Controls in School Buses

    13 Οκτ 2008 18:39:00

    Athens prefecture is conducting controls in school buses. 267 vehicles were submitted to controls. Fines of 3.643,3 were imposed to 19 vehicles that were found inappropriate (lack of seat belts, weathered or inappropriate tires, not provided with pollution card, not submitted to KTEO Express Service). According to 2007control conducted in 1373 transport vehicles, 13% of school buses were found inappropriate.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

    [05] From 17 to 25/10

    Work Stoppage in Metro

    13 Οκτ 2008 18:21:00

    By Andreas Roditis

    Sources: ANA

    Metro employees will precede to work stoppage starting from next Friday 17 to Saturday 25/10/2008 protesting against the new 2008 Corporate Collective Working Contract. The work stoppage will take place on Friday 17/10 (12:00- 4:00), Tuesday 21/10 (5:00 to 7:00 and 10:00), Tuesday 21/10 (12:00 to 4:00). Employees accuse minister of transport of adopting arrogant and distaining behavior.

    Translated by Sofia Gartziou

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