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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-11

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  • [01] Demetrius receives McCain
  • [02] Employment Minister in Geneva
  • [03] FinMin meets BoG chief
  • [04] Hatzidakis on General Aviation
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Demetrius receives McCain

    Archbishop of America Demetrius had a half-hour meeting with Senator John McCain, Republican Party candidate for the U.S. presidency, at the offices of the Archbishopric in Manhattan, on Tuesday.

    During the meeting, topics discussed included American domestic and foreign policy, matters related to religious freedoms, the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Cyprus issue and the name issue of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). (source:

    Caption: Archbishop of America Demetrius(L) and Senator John McCain in Manhattan, New York on Tue.10 June 2008. ANA-MPA/DIMITRIS PANAGOS

    [02] Employment Minister in Geneva

    Greece's Employment Minister Fani Palli-Petralia addressed the 97th International Labour Conference held in Geneva on Tuesday and referred to the reforms in Greece's Social Insurance System.

    The Greek minister further referred to the creation of the National Social Cohesion Fund but also the incorporation of all "in a society of equal opportunities, in a strong economy which will create greater shares which will be distributed in a fairer way to all."

    She stressed that "dignified labor constitutes a factor of stability and sustainable growth, a fact which constitutes a central target of the International Labor Organization."

    "Greece implements its developmental planning, which brings about countable results on all levels. Indicatively, I refer to the high growth rate and the reduction of unemployment, on the basis of structural reforms which serve a final target," Palli-Petralia added. (source:

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Employment Minister Fani Palli-Petralia

    [03] FinMin meets BoG chief

    Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis met on Wednesday with outgoing governor of the Bank of Greece (BoG) Dr. Nicholas Garganas, whose term expires at the end of the month.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Alogoskoufis thanked the central bank chief for their cooperation throughout Garganas' term, and noted that the BoG governor had held the post during a very criticial period of time.

    He praised Garganas as having been an "excellent" central bank governor, adding that his attitude had been "very useful" on the formulation of economic policy.

    Garganas, too, said his cooperation with Alogoskoufis throught his years at the helm of the Bank of Greece had been "excellent", not only at personal level but also at institutional level.

    He said it was in the country's interests that the Bank of Greece collaborate with the economy ministry, adding that Alogoskoufis was one of the best economy ministers he has known, and has done important work in the sector of fiscal policy.

    Garganas called on everyone to support his work "because the global and Greek economies are at a very difficult juncture".

    "There is no problem that cannot be confronted with the appropriate economic policy," Garganas added.(source:

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Head of Bank of Greece Dr. Nicholas Garganas (L) and Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis(R)

    [04] Hatzidakis on General Aviation

    Transport and Communications Minister Costis Hatzidakis held talks on Tuesday with Eurocontrol general director David MacMillan and IAOPA president Phil Boyer, focusing on the better management of the United European Sky to avoid delays in civil aviation flights, as well as on issues concerning General Aviation.

    The two are in Athens to participate in the 24th IAOPA International Congress on the theme of General Aviation, that is taking place in Greece this year.

    Hatzidakis said that General Aviation is a sector in which Greece must show special interest, since it can contribute considerably to the boosting of the tourist wave.(source:

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Transport Minister Costis Hatzidakis

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The situation prevailing in the areas affected by Sunday's 6.5 Richter earthquake and some seismologists' predictions of a strong aftershock, the high cost of living, and the abduction of the President of the Industries Association of Northern Greece (SBBE) dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Benefits for low incomes to begin in September".

    APOGEVMATINI: "The young, love and family - Greek youth want a return to traditional relationships".

    AVGHI: "65 working hours per week - (EU) Council of Employment Ministers' decision following European Commission recommendation".

    AVRIANI: "Terror 'merchants' must be sent to court - Seismologists who want to grab funds from the state's programmes have spread panic by advertising forecasts of a new major earthquake".

    CHORA: "Abduction for ransom or terrorism? What are Mylonas' kidnappers asking?".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "They put us through the 'Swedish exercise' ringer - In 5 minutes, Sweden scored two goals against the Greek national soccer team in the Euro 2008 championship".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Minister of former PASOK government of prime minister Simitis took money 'under the table' from SIEMENS -- Main opposition PASOK high-ranking members involved in the SIEMENS scandal".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The great anger - Opinion polls indicate that the citizens are turning their back to political parties, expressing their disappointment over the high cost of living".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Torpedo against the 48-hour working week - Up to 65 hours of work - EU Council of Employment Ministers adopted the British proposal".

    ESTIA: "Upset of the political landscape - The country is entering a period of uncertainty".

    ETHNOS: "Chaos over the base passing grades for University entrance".

    KATHIMERINI: "Globalisation of inflation - Downward revision of growth rates by World Bank".

    LOGOS: "Awaiting the new trembler...Building inspections continue in quake-ravaged areas".

    NIKI: "Hurricane hits Maximos Mansion (government headquarters) - The crisis and public resentment intensify".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "65-hour working week with flexibility and unpaid work".

    TA NEA: "New tax for the Land Registry in the summer".

    TO VIMA: "Industrialist George Mylonas' kidnappers demand 30 million euros ransom".

    VRADYNI: "Guide for the National Land Register - Submission of registration applications start on Tuesday".

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