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Athens News Agency: Daily News Bulletin in English, 16-08-08
From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>Weekend Bulletin
Monday, August 8 2016
 We will safeguard the public interest, says gov't VP DragasakisWe will safeguard the public interest, stated government vice president Yiannis Dragasakis in an interview to AMNA on Sunday. "Corruption relations between politicians and political parties, banks and interests in the media sector and the entire old corruption system are being dismantled" said Dragasakis referring to the close relations of the triangle banks-parties- media.
Asked on the changes in the banking map, the vice president underlined that "the banks will not operate as a closed and uncontrolled system of authority any more " and their "boards will be subjected to evaluation, transparency and control system" adding that "the crisis has shown that a banking system not linked with the needs of society, sooner or later, is led to crisis which also drags together the country's economy".
On the occasion of IMF's report on the first 'rescue' programme, he said that "it was a huge mistake to not settle the debt in 2010" and underlined that the downgrading of the debt issue hides the intention to stay an unsolved problem that will be used as "a mechanism for pressure and coercion".
Asked on the key that will take the economy to a clearing and if the recovery is visible, Dragasakis noted that the economies that recover are those that create job positions, increase the investments and improve the disposable income so "these factors will determine the speed and the growth rate of the economy".
The government gives priority to the recovery of private investments "The activation of the new Development Law as well as the specification of the new production model and the country's new production identity along with the establishment of the new financing growth tools are expected to give a strong boost to the private investments" said Dragasakis .
He clarified that for the government economic growth and social protection go hand-in-hand and underlined that today a deep reform on the new social contract is taking place silently because each person or group's request is not ignored but evaluated as incentive or occasion to institute comprehensive solutions in order to become a society of rights, responsibilities and duties, according to the new social contract that we must establish.
 Dep. Interior Min Balafas: General elections will be held in the autumn of 2019We are very sorry to make them sad but general elections will be held in autumn 2019, stated Deputy Interior Minister Yiannis Balafas to an interview with AMNA on Sunday.
Balafas noted that "the cash flow do not worry the government" adding that "the state revenues in July exceed the target, approximately by 105 million euros" he said underlining that as stated Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos "there will be no additional measures".
Referring to his ministry's priorities Balafas said that "the proposal is the new reform to seek an essential improvement in the offered services".
On the occupation of public buildings, he said that "it is something very usual throughout Europe.
 Early general elections will not come as a surprise for us, says ND spokesman Koumoutsakos"In an environment of multiple impasses nobody can exclude the possibility of serious political development" stated main opposition New Democracy (ND) spokesman Giorgos Koumoutsakos in an interview with AMNA on Sunday adding that "in this context early general elections can not be excluded and for us it will not come as a surprise".
Koumoutsakos said that ND is the first political force in the country and the only alternative solution for the people that suffocate in the era of SYRIZA's governance.
He said he does not rule out President of Republic election from the people but on two conditions "its disengagement from the dissolution of the parliament and the distortion of the constitutionally guaranteed regime".
Referring to the Turkey, ND spokesman said that Turkey is being "transformed into an Erdogan's regime that distances Turkey from Europe" adding that EU-Turkey's agreement on migration must continue at all costs".
 Confidence Building Measures results between Greece and Fyrom very successfulNobody expected that the results within the Confidence Building Measures (MOE) between Greece and Fyrom would go beyond all expectations and would build the foundations of trust between the two countries' Foreign Ministries. The two-way surprise is very pleasant and most of all the satisfaction one year after the start of MOE said to AMNA a high ranked official of the Greek Foreign Ministry following a long period of silence during which both sides moved very productively and fruitfully with lots of meetings at many levels.
 Energy Minister against selling of 17 pct of PPCEnergy Minister Panos Skourletis stated clearly that he is against the selling of 17 pct of PPC (Public Power Corporation) adding that this is also the government's position, in an interview with Real News Sunday newspaper.
Referring to the amendment that reduced the transit fee of the natural gas and speculations on the withdrawal of Socar, Skourletis clarified that "the TAP pipeline is constructed rapidly and everything indicates that the Greek part will be the first that will be ready. He also noted that regarding Hellenic Gas Transmission Operator (DESFA) privatisation it is up to the Azeris to decide what they want and can do.
With this amendment, explains Skourletis we avoided the increase of the user charges by 68 percent and we protected the domestic production and the households. "If the tender fails then all scenarios are open. Every cloud has a silver lining" he said.
At a question if the apparent rapprochement between Russia and Turkey will bring the South Stream pipeline on stage again, Skourletis noted that "its construction is not against the European strategies. We are positive on the prospect of its construction".
He called a political success for the government the implementation of the plan for the new Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) because as he said "guarantees the power network's public character. It is a model that we must also implement in other sectors".
 Greece sends condolences to Fyrom and victims' familiesWe express our sorrow for the terrible news from FYROM. Our condolences to the families of the victims of the extreme weather conditions, said the Greek Foreign Ministry in a tweet on Sunday
 Charter flights to Kos airport 13 pct down in JulyCharter flights arrivals at Hippocrates airport of Kos posted a 13 pct decline in July. The decline is mostly attributed to migrants and refugees arrivals and had a negative affect to the islands' tourist image.
According to Civil Aviation Service date, the passengers were 28,838 less in comparison with the relative period in 2015.
Arrivals from Poland were 27 pct down, Netherlands (-19 pct), Denmark (-37 pct), Austria (-28 pct) and Belgium (-34 pct).
On the contrary arrivals from Russia posted an 18 pct increase, from Switzerland 6 pct rise and from Israel were up 18 pct.
 Anna Korakaki wins first medal for Greece in Rio OlympicsGreek athlete Anna Korakaki won the first medal for Greece in the Olympic Games in Rio.
Korakaki took the bronze medal at the 10m air pistol final and the first for Greece in the Olympic shooting competition since 1920 when the Greek national team won the silver medal in Antwerp.
 Man's body found off Rhodes coast alleged to be missing Russian touristThe body of a man was found early Sunday at the sea area of Psaropoula near the town of Rhodes.
According to first estimations the body it alleged to belong to a 40-year old Russian tourist who was reported missing last Sunday.
A search to locate the missing tourist was carried out throughout the week.
 Archaeologists unveil the story of the 'battle krater' to National Archaeological Museum visitorsThe so-called 'Battle krater' is the latest and one of the more significant artifacts to emerge from the storerooms of Athens' National Archaeological Museum was presented to visitors by the museum archaeologists on Sunday in the context of the 'Unseen Museum' programme.
The large silver vessel seen by the general public for the first time was discovered in the tomb of a prince during excavations carried out by Heinrich and Sophie Schliemann in Mycenae, in 1876.
The find was made in the royal tombs within Grave Circle A, where both objects and funeral rites dating back to the 16th century B.C. and previously entirely unknown to archaeologists were discovered.
In addition to its great archaeological value, the vessel also had an unusual history after its discovery. Unlike other Grave Circle A finds like the golden 'Nestor's Cup' that was inside the krater, or other gold and silver cups that became famous permanent exhibits of the museum's collection, the silver sheets of the battle krater were catalogued and remained permanently in the storerooms, their real significance undiscovered.
Their secret was unlocked by the archaeologist Agni Xenaki-Sakellariou and the museum's curator of the time, Christos Karouzos, almost 100 years later in the 1960s. With the help of an artist and museum restorers, the largest surviving silver artifact dating back to the Mycenaean era was reconstructed and its engraved depiction of a battle between two rival sets of warriors was restored.
The two groups can be distinguished by the different shields they bear, with four fighting against four while one warrior has fallen heroically between them in battle.
On August 7 and 28 and on September 16 and 25, museum archaeologists will be on hand in the Hall of the Altar at 13:00 in order to greet visitors and talk about the artifact itself, as well as the rich variety of other grave goods interred alongside it, with that same early Mycenaean-era prince.
 Weather ForecastClouds, rain on Monday:
Clouds, rain and northerly winds are forecast for Monday. Wind velocity will reach 7 on the Beaufort scale. Rain in the northern parts of the country with temperatures ranging from 18C to 32C. Clouds and rain in the western parts with temperatures between 23C and 33C. Partly cloudy with local rain in the eastern parts and temperatures between 23C and 34C. Mostly fair over the Aegean islands and Crete, 24C-32C. Partly cloudy in Athens, 24C-33C. Rain in Thessaloniki, 24C- 30C.
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