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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-01-18

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

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  • [01] 5000 wage ceiling for CEOs in public utilities
  • [02] Voulgarakis chairs meeting on Monday's robbery

  • [01] 5000 wage ceiling for CEOs in public utilities

    Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis on Wednesday announced that wage increases for staff in public-sector companies and public utilities, known in Greece by the shorthand DEKO, that are not listed on the Athens bourse will be determined by government policy for revenues, while a 5000 ceiling will be set for the maximum wages of CEO's and board chairmen of these companies.

    Current budgetary policy calls for wage increases not exceeding 3 per cent.

    He said that a ministerial committee for DEKO that met at the finance ministry on Wednesday with Alogoskoufis in the chair had decided to activate articles governing DEKO contained in a law that was passed in 2005. He also clarified that any minister wishing to implement the wage ceiling for CEO's and company presidents would be free to do so from Thursday.

    Alogoskoufis said that the committee's decision marked the culmination of a major effort to reform and restrain the public sector, stressing that this would put a brake on public-sector waste and ensure that DEKO had obligations as well as rights.

    The minister said the law required public utilities to produce a Charter of their obligations towards the public within six months, which would be subject to the ministerial committee's approval and would then be used to judge their future performance.

    Each ministry, meanwhile, will have to compile a list of the DEKO that it supervises and collect figures for their earnings and costs, state grants, investments, loans, debts and staffing. This information will then be used to create a database for public utilities and other state enterprises.

    [02] Voulgarakis chairs meeting on Monday's robbery

    Public Order Minister George Voulgarakis on Wednesday chaired a meeting on the violent bank robbery and shootout that took place in the centre of Athens on Monday, to discuss the progress made in the police investigation.

    The meeting was attended by the public prosecutor in charge of terrorism cases Dimitris Asprogerakas, as well as the leadership of the police and the officers carrying out the investigation.

    Afterwards, Voulgarakis said that the investigation must be handled methodically and must make full use of the capabilities offered by Greek forensics laboratories in order to collect evidence and build up a watertight case against the culprits.

    So far, police have received the results of ballistics tests and on two blood stains found after the shootouts in the electric railway station in Kifissia and at Klafthmonos Square, where the robbers passed while making their getaway.

    These show that the weapons used by the robbers had not been fired in any past robbery, while confirming that the blood found belonged to two different people.

    Police are also narrowing their search to two members of the gang that were recorded by cameras while making their getaway and whose descriptions match those given by witnesses, while the facial characteristics of the other two are also emerging from further camera footage viewed. If these are confirmed beyond all doubt, police may issue photographs of the suspects.

    The two men provisionally identified are believed to spend time in the Exarhia area and have been questioned in connection with armed robberies in the past.

    Already released is a photograph of the robber that was injured and caught during the shootout, 28-year-old Yiannis Dimitrakis. Police have asked the public to come forward with any information about his habits, the areas he is known to frequent and people that he spent time with, with a view to locating possible arms caches belonging to the gang.

    The armed robbery in a central branch of the National Bank of Greece on Monday culminated in two shootouts bear busy Panepistimiou street, during which a bank security guard and one of the robbers was seriously injured and an aged lottery-ticket seller sustained slight injuries from a ricocheted bullet. The remaining four robbers believed to be involved managed to elude capture and are still being sought.


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