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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-21

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  • [01] Inner Cabinet focuses on int'l economic crisis
  • [02] Papandreou tours Athens-area hospital
  • [03] Greek scientists in Sweden event
  • [04] Papandreou meets with Slovak president
  • [05] 2009 draft State Budget tabled
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Inner Cabinet focuses on int'l economic crisis

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis reiterated on Friday that the country is facing "a very difficult international financial crisis that people have not experienced since the end of WWII ," in opening an Inner Cabinet meeting.

    Karamanlis told his ministers that in such difficult circumstances "our responsibility to respond effectively to demands is heightened," adding that "we must initially ensure that repercussions for real economy will be diminished, and secondly, to actively support weaker social-economic strata".

    "Responsibility is mandatory, along with hard work, communication with society, team spirit and effectiveness," he concluded.

    FinMin George Alogoskoufis briefly presented the 2009 draft state budget at the meeting.

    Caption: An Inner Cabinet meeting on Friday 21 November 2008 at the Maximos mansion (government headquarters).ANA-MPA/PANTELIS SAITAS

    [02] Papandreou tours Athens-area hospital

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Friday toured an Athens-area hospital, where he noted, among others, that it is "a pity that the people's major investment, the Attikon hospital, is not able to serve as a university hospital or even offer medical support to the poorer areas of (western) Athens."

    Along those lines, he referred to what he called the "government's outrageous policy".

    "This policy must be reversed. Access to high-quality health services is a right for everyone," he said.

    The hospital's general director referred to a shortage of professional staff due to public sector hiring constraints and bureaucracy, citing delays in medical staff hirings for more than five years, to which Papandreou curtly responded that he's been hearing the same argument for five years, whereas the real culprit is massive cutbacks for the health sector.

    The chief of the hospital's cardiology department, noted cardiologist and former PASOK health minister Dimitris Kremastinos, clarified that hirings are never enough, while asked for Papandreou's assistance in order to overcome the institution's staff shortage.

    caption: ANA-MPA file photo of PASOK party leader George Papandreou

    [03] Greek scientists in Sweden event

    STOCKHOLM (ANA-MPA) -- The Society of Greek Scientists in Sweden, in cooperation with the Greek embassy, on Friday held a cultural and social event here.

    In his address, Greek ambassador in Sweden Evangelos Karokis referred to Greek scientists' role and contribution in the highly developed Scandinavian nation.

    The president of the group, ophthalmologist Christos Lenis, underlined the importance of Greek professionals in the country joining the organisation.

    [04] Papandreou meets with Slovak president

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Thursday afternoon received visiting Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic, followed by the president of the OSCE Parliamentary assembly Joao Soares.

    He also met with British ambassador in Greece Simon Gass.

    No statements were made after the meetings.

    [05] 2009 draft State Budget tabled

    Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis on Friday delivered the 2009 draft state budget to Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas.

    "I wish and hope this unprecedented global financial crisis is controlled, and that we experience the least possible consequences," Sioufas underlined.

    Debate on the closely watched 2009 budget will begin next week in Parliament's economy and budgetary committee.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    New revelations on protracted Vatopedi monastery affair and the tabling of the 2009 draft state budget in Parliament dominated the headlines on Friday in Athens' dailies.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "3,720 inmates to be released immediately - Prisons to be decongested".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Masks fall - Turmoil over secret (PASOK) meeting on Vatopedi monastery land exchange scandal".

    AVGHI: "Farmers even poorer with new Common Agricultural Policy - What EU farm ministers decided unanimously in Brussels".

    AVRIANI: "Main opposition PASOK and blackmailers have rigged the dirty tricks targetting (PM) Karamanlis".

    CHORA: "Sacred threats - Monks using mob methods in Vatopedi monastery scandal".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "New Democracy and PASOK responsible for Vatopedi monastery scandal".

    ELEFTHEROS: "PASOK, SYRIZA gaffe a 'gift' to New Democracy - They called unreliable witnesses to testify before Parliament's fact-finding commission on Vatopedi case".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Conspiracy. Blackmailers' gang with political contacts".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Supreme Court prosecutor orders investigation on the Toplou Monastery case in Crete".

    ESTIA: "How the economy is affected - The hidden side of the financial crisis".

    ETHNOS: "Ruling New Democracy MPs stab ministers in the back (on Vatopedi monastery case)".

    KATHIMERINI: "The tension on Vatopedi monastery case escalates - Prevailing insinuations on government's implication".

    LOGOS: "The bank support bill ratified in Parliament - FinMin George Alogoskoufis charges that PASOK cadres had secret meetings with bankers".

    NIKI: "Government attempts to send attention elsewhere in order to escape from Vatopedi scandal".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "All together for new rallies and strikes".

    TA NEA: "Dirty war and the government at the end of the tunnel - ND, PASOK's head-on collision to the extreme".

    TO VIMA: "Ministers will take special lessons on 'provisional' state budget".

    VRADYNI: "Government's target is liquidity in market - 28-billion-euro bank support bill ratified in Parliament".

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