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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 10-10-15

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  • [01] Papandreou Plans to Set up IC on Economy
  • [02] D/B on OSE Restructuring Passed
  • [03] PM Intervention on Acropolis Issue
  • [04] Samaras -Kyriakos Mitsotakis Meeting in Good Climate

  • [01] Papandreou Plans to Set up IC on Economy

    Friday, 15 October 2010 15:09


    Prime-minister G. Papandreou repeated his intention for the setting up of an Inquiry Committee to look into altered data on Greek economy in response to LAOS president G. Karatzaferis relevant question. Mr. Papandreou made clear that the inquiry committee will center on 2007-2009 altered data that Greece sent to the European Union. Mr. Papandreou attacked the conservative ND party blaming it for flossy alchemies and flagrant violation of fiscal data that have exposed the country. On his part, Mr. Karatzaferis maintained that investigation should start from the period the country joined the Economic and Monetary Union and include the Stock Market, Olympic Games and even the first months of PASOK ruling in 2009.

    Sources: - 105.8 - NA/PA News item: 42680

    [02] D/B on OSE Restructuring Passed

    Thursday, 14 October 2010 22:19


    On Friday, the standing Parliament Committee on economics passed in principal a draft-bill providing for the restructuring of Hellenic Railways Organization or else OSE. PASOK and ND parties voted in favour of draft-bill, the GCP and SYRIZA voted against while LAOS stated present. In his speech, transport Minister Dimitris Reppas referred to the extremely high average salaries at both OSE and TRAINOSE , approaching 56.000 and 66.000 annually. He repeated his commitment that there would not be lay offs and announced that train tickets could be purchased through the internet at the end of 2010.

    Representatives of OSE employees, who attended the Parliament Committee meeting, maintained that OSE is not overstaffed and asked collective work contracts not to be abolished.

    In the meantime, there are no train and suburban railway services due to employees strike while Doukissis Plakentias-Airport Metro services have also been cancelled.

    Source: 105.8 News item: 42464

    [03] PM Intervention on Acropolis Issue

    Friday, 15 October 2010 10:59


    In his intervention regarding temporary contract employees' mobilizations, Prime-minister George Papandreou said: "Nobody has the right to lock or keep our ancient monuments hostage" and underlined that we should not expose our country abroad. Mr. Papandreou described mobilizations as a natural reaction but made clear that protest and arbitrariness are two different things. In the meantime, the ancient Acropolis site is open again to tourists while temporary contract workers are holding a meeting to decide on their further mobilizations.

    "Yes to demonstration, no to arbitration"

    "No party has the right to foment such acts and particularly when the government is giving solutions to the problem of temporary contract workers as we inherited a legal chaos signed by the ND leader himself, who still refuses to assume his responsibilities", said the Prime-minister.

    Commenting GCP general secretary Aleka Papariga maintained that temporary contract employees mobilizations do not have a negative impact on the country's tourism but the intervention of riot police. She said that demonstrators were claiming their right to work and did nothing to offend the holy site.

    Mr. Papandreou launched attack against ND party leader A. Samaras, who served as Culture Minister during K. Karamanlis ruling. He blamed Mr. Samaras for the chaos the present government has inherited and his refusal to assume his responsibilities.

    In a counter response, ND spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos underlined that the completion of the Acropolis Museum, a project of global dimension, bears Mr. Samaras signature as Culture Minister and an amendment settling the issue of temporary contract employees, who are asking for the extension of that amendment.

    The Acropolis archaeological site opened to the public at 12:00, entrance free, when work stoppage of permanent Culture Ministry employees ended.

    Security forces remain at the main gate.

    From N.Y Culture Minister P. Gerulanos said procedures for the payment of temporary employees have already started and underlined that hiring is only through ASEP from now on

    Source: - 105.8 - NA - PA

    News item: 42558

    [04] Samaras -Kyriakos Mitsotakis Meeting in Good Climate

    Friday, 15 October 2010 17:31


    ND party leader Antonis Samaras had one-hour meeting with Kyriakos Mitsotakis , who is responsible for environment. Mr. Samaras aides said talks centered on environmental issues but there was also reference to the party's honorary president Konstantinos Mitsotakis recent negative statements about Mr. Samaras. However, the same sources maintain that relations between them are excellent and their cooperation bear fruit.

    The meeting took place a few days after Kyriakos Mitsotakis spelled his distance from his father's statements , who said that Mr. Samaras had adopted populist attitude. Kyriakos Mitsotakis is said to have repeated that he is a deputy of the ND party.

    SOURCES: - 105.8 - NA/PA News item: 42690

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