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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-02

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Karamanlis-Alogoskoufis meeting
  • [02] SYRIZA on 2007 state budget
  • [03] 'Hostel for the Poor' in Athens
  • [04] Frost and low temperatures in N. Greece

  • [01] Karamanlis-Alogoskoufis meeting

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met on Wednesday with Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis at the Maximos Mansion in Athens. Alogoskoufis stated after the meeting that they discussed the course of the governmentās reform work planned for the New Year. He stated that 2008 will be a crucial year for the materialization of the government programme on development, employment and social cohesion considering the uncertainty in global economy. The finance minister stated that the government will continue its reform programme in the wider public sector, development and employment. The Greek economy, said Alogoskoufis, is protected by the policy measures implemented by the government during the past few years and the state budget approved in Parliament.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] SYRIZA on 2007 state budget

    Coalition (Synaspismos) Economic and Social Policy rapporteur and Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) Parliamentary Deputy Panayiotis Lafazanis on Wednesday stated that last year's state budget is up in the air, referring to data concerning the budget's deficit over the first 11 months, while expressing doubts over the accuracy of the 2008 state budget.

    "The upsurge in the deficit of the 2007 budget beyond any government prediction shows that last year's budget is up in the air, while the predictions for the 2008 budget are literally out of place and time," Lafazanis said.

    "The tax raid anticipated for 2008 will develop into a real tax storm with an unprecedented increase in indirect taxes and an increase in VAT in particular," he added, stressing that "so-called fiscal stabilisation, that was considered an unshakeable doctrine by all the governments of the past 20 years, is proving to be a fathomless barrel."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of SYRIZA deputy Panayiotis Lafazanis.

    [03] 'Hostel for the Poor' in Athens

    The establishment of a "Hostel for the Poor" was announced by Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis in the customary New Year celebration organized on Wednesday by the City of Athens Homeless Foundation. This pioneer programme will offer high quality services focusing on the elderly homeless.

    Kaklamanis stated that following the Social Grocery of Athens established in 2007, this yearās goal is the "Hostel for the Poor" that will serve as a home for those deprived of family care. He also stressed that Athens is the only European capital city that operates a soup kitchen for a total of 1,200 people on a daily basis.

    The new hostel named "Hestia of Athens", at the donorās request, will have a capacity of roughly 70 beds and will be housed in a Patision Street building downtown Athens. All guests will receive psychological support and healthcare, while a recreation room will operate on the buildingās ground floor.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Athens Mayor Nikitas Kaklamanis.

    [04] Frost and low temperatures in N. Greece

    Icy conditions and very low temperatures across northern Greece were the main weather characteristics on Wednesday.The Aghios Vasilios-Chortiatis provincial road in Thessaloniki remains closed for precautionary reasons after the snowfall recorded overnight on New Yearās Eve.

    Cars using the provincial road network in the prefectures of Imathia, Pella, Kilkis, Serres and Halikidiki need snow chains.

    The snowfall in the prefectures of Kastoria and Florina, northwest Greece, has made snow chains imperative for cars using the local provincial road network and the national motorway in the sections between Kastoria and Florina via Nestorio, Aminteo and Vitsi.

    Temperatures dropped below zero at dawn in several cities in northern Greece. Kozani had -5C, Nevrokopi -4C, Kastoria and Alexandroupolis -2C and Thessaloniki and Serres -1C.


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