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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 10-07-12

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  • [01] D. Bakoyiannis Creates "Forum for Greece"
  • [02] Socialist International Symposium Centers on Financial Crisis
  • [03] Criminal Gang Dismantled
  • [04] Census in Public Sector and LA Started

  • [01] D. Bakoyiannis Creates "Forum for Greece"

    Monday, 12 July 2010 14:54

    Independent deputy Dora Bakoyiannis on Monday presented the political platform of a political activism movement under the title "Forum for Greece" in her personal webpage. She strongly criticized ND and PASOK parties but also exercised self-criticism. Mrs. Bakoyiannis underlined that the Forum is not a political party but a composition force for Greece of tomorrow. She invited all productive and social forces of the country to join in. She is meeting with the first 50 executives of the Forum at the Zappeion Mansion.

    "Forum for Greece" -Criticized ND & PASOK

    Dora Bakoyiannis announced in her personal webpage the creation of a forum for Greece, a movement of positive political activism and invited all active citizens to participate.

    In the beginning of her message Dora Bakoyiannis says "I communicate with you on the Internet today because I want us to inaugurate a new relation that is interactive, unconventional without mediators, a free relation". She strongly criticized PASOK and ND parties, however, admitting that the rescue mechanism implies obligations "to save Greece from bankruptcy".

    "The government, that bears the main responsibility, is trapped in interior party contradictions. PASOK is unable to proceed rapidly to the necessary reforms. The majority of its ministers swing between ineffectiveness and denial of reality. The state mechanism is semi-paralyzed without direction. But the biggest mistake of the government and PASOK is that it is destroying the unity of the country now that we need it more than ever.

    On the other hand, the New Democracy, instead of exercising pressure on the government to move faster and more decisively and radically, invests with an unprecedented opportunism in the collapse of the country to gain partisan interests from the destruction. Instead of exercising substantial self-criticism and function as serious opposition with responsible proposals resorts to populism, the logic of the ripe fruit and senseless slogans. It is repeating all those tactics that led the political system to its present demerit", stressed Mrs. Bakoyiannis. Referring to Leftist parties she said they have no sense of reality and their responsibilities.

    Exercising self-criticism she said: "I personally have the courage to recognize my mistakes . I will not say that all others but myself are responsible. Neither will I use expressions such as "I had spoken about these things". It was my mistake I did not speak on time about things I believed were wrong. I bear all my share of responsibility".

    The "Forum for Greece" is not a political party but ideas, solutions, knowledge, force and composition for Greece of tomorrow.

    SOURCES: - 105.8-NA/PA

    Relevant webpage:

    News item: 38376

    [02] Socialist International Symposium Centers on Financial Crisis

    Monday, 12 July 2010 09:57

    Prime-minister George Papandreou chairs Socialist International Symposium taking place on the island of Poros. Its agenda includes assessment of decisions taken during the recent G20 Summit meeting in Toronto, Canada and discussion of its next moves in view of the new meeting in Seoul in November. Coordinator of the Symposium is Nobel Price Winner in economics, Josef Stiglitz . Among others there will be talks on proposals for a new financial architecture , taxation of banking system and implementation of reforms for democratization of world government. Socialist International Symposium will end on July, 15 and is being held under the auspices of Andreas Papandreou Institute.

    Source: 105.8, NA/PA News item: 38366

    [03] Criminal Gang Dismantled

    Monday, 12 July 2010 16:49

    Police dismantled a 4 member gang of Albanian nationals, who carried out super market robberies in the evening shortly before the shops closed. In most of the robberies the amount of cash ranged from 30 to 60 thousand euros. Police say they have committed 26 robberies stealing a total of 1.250.000 since they began their criminal activity in 2007. They stormed into Basilopoulos super-market in Elefsina last Saturday.

    Organized Gang Carried out 26 Robberies

    After many months of investigations police arrested the 4 Albanian nationals members of one of the best organized criminal gangs that had carried out 26 super market robberies. They organized every detail of the robbery of big super markets after watching for some time the days the security agency collected the cash. They usually carried out robberies on Thursdays and Saturdays.

    The 4 men were arrested while returning to the two apartments they rent in Kalamaki suburb after having stormed into Basilopoulos super market in Elefsina.

    The sum of 47.670 was found in their possession as well as a Kalasnicov gun, 3 pistols, a knife, two uniforms of the super market "Sklavenitis", 2 wigs, a bullet proof vest and several fake documents and stay permits. Also 4 cars were confiscate, among them a Porche.

    Police continue investigation on whether they are involved in other criminal acts.

    Sources:-NA/PA News item: 38386

    [04] Census in Public Sector and LA Started

    Monday, 12 July 2010 09:20

    Civil servants, public corporation and local administration employees census started on Monday, July, 8, 2010 -with employees whose taxpayer identification number (AFM) ends in 1- and will have been completed by July, 23. Among employees obliged to take part in the census are permanent employees and cadets, revocable employees, special advisors to government members, employees in special posts, judges, officers of the Armed Forces, doctors in the NHS, priests, presidents of Independent Authorities, local administration employees. For further information civil servants can dial telephone number 1500. The Union of Judges and Prosecutors has called its members not to fill in the census form, maintaining that the relevant decision only concerns personnel in the public sector and not the legislative and executive authorities.

    The government aims to save several millions from cases of employees who do not state their income from participation in committees, or hold double positions or collect unjustifiable benefits.

    The application form can be found in the website and requires personal information, job position and degrees.

    Sources: 105.8, NA/PA News item: 38365

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