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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-04-08

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

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  • [01] Public order minister inaugurates Rio-Antirrio bridge emergency map exercise
  • [02] Dialogue on social insurance issue to begin after Easter, employment minister says

  • [01] Public order minister inaugurates Rio-Antirrio bridge emergency map exercise

    Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras inaugurated the two-day Rio-Antirrio bridge emergency map exercise on Saturday and announced in Patra, western Greece, that about 500 policemen who are currently guarding various targets at the order of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis will soon be assigned with street duty. Polydoras stressed that his ministry's aim is to consolidate a feeling of security among citizens.

    The minister, who was accompanied by Greek Police Chief Anastasios Dimoschakis, Environment, Town Planning and Public Works ministry secretary general Athanassios Kouloumbis and other officials, said that the planning is necessary and that he feels proud to be participating in the exercise.

    The map exercise, code-named "Rio-Antirrio 2006", is being organised by the headquarters of the Greek Police with the cooperation of the "Gefyra S.A." company and representatives of agencies involved.

    The purpose of the exercise is to test the Rio-Antirrio bridge's security planning, as well as securing cooperation and coordination between all the services involved. The exercise's scenarios were not known beforehand by the parties involved since its purpose is to see how they will react during an emergency.

    The conclusions to be reached during the exercise will be utilised for the bridge's ongoing security planning.

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    [02] Dialogue on social insurance issue to begin after Easter, employment minister says

    Employment and Social Solidarity Minister Savvas Tsitouridis attended the annual regular General Assembly of the Labour Inspectors Society of Macedonia-Thrace-Thessaly-Ipiros in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, on Saturday and said that the government will begin a dialogue with parties and social partners on the social insurance issue immediately after Easter, adding that work will be carried out on the essence of the issue after dialogue takes place.

    Tsitouridis said that the aim of the government is to combine flexibility in the labour market with protection for working people, pointing out that the social insurance issue has been open for many years and many steps should have already been taken and current legislation should be applied.

    On the occasion of the Labour Inspectors General Assembly, the employment minister said that the government places particular importance on checks in the labour market and added that the Inspectors Corps will be strengthened, while announcing even more intensive checks this year.

    Lastly, commenting on opinion polls being publicised lately, Tsitouridis said that "the best poll will be the result of the next national elections."

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