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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-07-13

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] IMF sees flaws in Greek budget, tax methods
  • [02] Gov't again calls on GSEE union to continue dialogue over proposed labour changes
  • [03] Greek railways eye express routes to Bucharest, Skopje, Belgrade

  • [01] IMF sees flaws in Greek budget, tax methods

    Economists of the International Monetary Fund visiting Athens have spotted structural weaknesses in how the Greek budget is formulated and how the taxation system is organised, Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis said on Wednesday.

    Speaking to reporters, Alogoskoufis said the IMF economists had submitted their recommendations in the two areas.

    "We will set up working groups to put the recommendations into practice," the minister said.

    Certain steps would be taken immediately, with action on more structural aspects of the problems to take more time, he added.

    [02] Gov't again calls on GSEE union to continue dialogue over proposed labour changes

    Labour Minister Panos Panagiotopoulos on Wednesday again publicly invited GSEE - the country‚s largest umbrella trade union - to continue a dialogue over working hours and overtime pay.

    Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis, a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, Panagiotopoulos said dialogue was at the last and most crucial phase, while he stressed that conditions were ripe for finding a mutually acceptable solution.

    "It would be a pity for a unilateral decision by GSEE to disturb this positive climate of consensus,? the minister added, while he stressed that a dialogue was active.

    The government seeks a consensus with employees' unions, Panagiotopoulos said, adding that a well-organized state should promote dialogue and labour relations peace and not to leave initiatives to employers.

    The Economy minister said the government was trying to effectively execute this year's budget with the aim of achieving its goals and a reduction the country's fisca

    [03] Greek railways eye express routes to Bucharest, Skopje, Belgrade

    The state-run Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE) on Wednesday announced that it will use high-speed trains on its routes from the northern city of Thessaloniki to Bucharest, Skopje and Belgrade, a move that comes after similar routes were inaugurated on the same day for Istanbul and Sofia.

    The announcement came during a brief ceremony in the port city's train terminal for the new routes, which were inaugurated by Transport Minister Mihalis Liapis.

    The minister added that a rail link between Thessaloniki and the northwest Bulgarian river port of Lom is also being promoted.

    The Thessaloniki-Istanbul express, which departs each city daily at 10 p.m., will cover the distance in 11.5 hours, down from the 14.5 hours it previously took.

    Liapis, meanwhile, was expected to board a specially commissioned train for Istanbul on Wednesday evening, arriving in the ancient Bosporus metropolis the next day, where he will be welcomed by his Turkish counterpart Binali Yildirim.

    Wednesday's ceremony was attended by local officials and diplomats.


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