|Friday, 20 October 2017|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-06-19
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Measures on Economy and Illegal ImmigrationThe EU leaders decided on measures to cement EU economy and the operation of inspection mechanisms. The European Council underlined its commitment to health fiscal conditions under the Stability Pact, further noting that future developments remain uncertain. The leaders of the 27-nation bloc also highlighted the need to step up measures against illegal immigration.
The EU leaders decided to take urgent and effective preventive measures and combat illegal immigration at the EU's south sea borders. They also agreed to adopt a stiff European response and reallocate responsibilities.
With regard to economy, they claimed that the financial turmoil remains extremely serious and therefore they gave thumbs up for the creation of new monitoring bodies.
Source: NET, NET 105.8, ANA/MPA
News item: 23858
 Home Loans to 3-Child FamiliesNews
The Greek Finance Minister gave Friday thumbs up for three-child families to get home loans with favourable conditions by the Deposits and Loans Fund (TPD). The above decision is part of the Fund's social role and manifests the government's crystal clear intentions to give its backing to families with three children.
Financial Minister Giannis Papathanasiou commented: âWe remain committed to our policy on three-child families and we are putting it into action in every possible manner. The decision in question enables thousands of three-child families to get benefited from favourable conditions governing the lending of families with many children and offers them the chance to get their own house.â
Source: NET, ANA/MPA
News item: 23859
 OTE members of Administrative Board and Vourloumis Receive New DeadlineNews
The president and ten members of OTE administrative board received new deadline to testify within 15-30 of July. According to the accusation, they had involvement in OTE case regarding the agreements the company signed with Siemens, Intracom and Anco in 2005 amounting to about 40 billion euros.
News item: 23850
 Pan Hellenic Examination Admission Scores Announced TodayPan hellenic examination admission scores of students wishing to enter into highest and higher education are going to be released today. According to first evidence, the bases of schools of high demand are expected to be preserved in the same level as last year. Within the first 15 days of July candidates have to submit their application forms with their choices of university schools.
The scores for the 85.354 candidates and later the bases for each course are going to be published in every school across the country, directly from the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. Bases are to be broadcasted on TV during the day.
SOURCE: ÍÅÔ 105,8-ÁNA-ÌNA
News item: 23843
 EU Leaders Support BarrosoEuropean Union leaders Thursday voiced support for European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to lead the bloc's executive arm for another five years. This endorsement increases the likelihood that Barroso will remain at the helm of the commission. Socialist Party leaders, however, said they support Barroso's candidacy. A group lead by a French member of the European Parliament, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, has criticized Barroso's leadership.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy already have said they support a second term for Barroso. The U.K. and Italy also support him.
The European Union agreed the basis of its financial contribution to a global climate change deal on Thursday, but environmentalists said more was needed to ensure success at global talks in Copenhagen in December.
Funding to help developing nations cope with climate change is seen as the key to winning their support in fighting a problem which they say was caused by rich, industrialised states.
EU finance experts say poor countries will by 2020 need about 100 billion euros ($140 billion) each year to cut carbon dioxide emissions, and a further 20-50 billion euros to cope with the impact on the climate.
SOURCE: Associated Press, BBC
News item: 23842