|Thursday, 22 March 2018|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-06-30
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 EU's Contribution to Illegal ImmigrationIllegal immigration topped the meetings held between Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and European Commission President Jose Barroso an EU Commissioner Jacques Barrot. At the Press conference, Barrot said that the European Commission and the European Parliament pledged financial and technical aid to Greece to better patrol its borders.
He noted also that the problem is quite serious and that demands solidarity from all the member states. As for Turkey, which does not commit itself to the readmission protocol it signed with Greece in 2001, Barrot stressed that Turkey will be given financial aid and pressure will be exerted on the countries where illegal immigrants come from. He also said that it must not forget it has obligations too.Greek Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos said that the implementation of rules against illegal immigration is a prerequisite for countries with EU aspirations.Source:
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 Christoforakos Testifies before German JusticeFormer Siemens Hellas CEO Michalis Christoforakos testified Tuesday in Germany. A spokesman of the German prosecutor's office said that none of the charges against him have been written off. In Greece, Dimitra Papachristou and Spyros Avgerinos, who were responsible for PASOK's (Panhellenic Socialist Movement) finances, testified Tuesday, upon a request filed by former Socialist deputy Theodoros Tsoukatos, who claimed that Siemens sponsored the party with one million German marks in 1999.
Exiting the magistrate's office, the two witnesses said they told the magistrate that Tsoukatos had been giving money coming from contributions and therefore they had no idea whether the controversial amount of money was deposited to the party.
Magistrate N. Zagorianos, who is investigating the case, is departing Wednesday night for Germany to speed up the extradition procedures.
In the meantime, the political wrangling over the case is escalating.
"Instead of playing cat and dog, we are asking the greek government to take measures against Siemens," commented Alekos Alavanos, head of SYRIZA (Coalition of the Radical Left) parliamentary group.
"Mr Christoforakos had set a closed circuit television in his office. It has recorded faces and conversations. Those DVDs have to be found. Any attempt to cover up the real facts torpedoes the quality of Democracy. I believe that the political powers that can resist temptations should join their forces. Truth must come to light," underlined LAOS (Popular Orthodox Rally) President Giorgos Karatzaferis.
Source: NET, NET 105.8
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