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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-01-03

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Karamanlis briefed by FM Bakoyannis
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Karamanlis briefed by FM Bakoyannis

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis was briefed by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis on Thursday at his Maximos Mansion office in Athens. Afterwards, Karamanlis was due to receive Employment and Social Insurances Minister Fani Palli-Petralia.

    One day earlier, the Prime Minister reiterated that he is determined to proceed with necessary reforms for the country, speaking during a reception by the Athens Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

    "During a difficult and fluid international juncture, the Greek economy is on the right course, indicating that it has a strong growth rate allowing us to confront any challenges."

    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 government's 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] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Predictions for the Greek economy in 2008, pending reforms in social security and the latest developments in the investigation involving former culture ministry secretary general Christos Zachopoulos dominated the headlines in Athens' dailies on Thursday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Changes in heavy and hazardous occupations"

    APOGEVMATINI: "Zachopoulos a victim of an organised blackmail ring Police: He was entrapped and videotaped with a secret camera"

    AVGI: "Maximos Mansion (PM's office) hampers investigations in Zachopoulos affair"

    AVRIANI: Newspaper refers to a list given by a former Siemens executive claiming bribery

    CHORA: "Government tidied up expenses in last minute"

    ETHNOS: "Sixteen (culture ministry) files bearing the scent of scandal"

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Zachopoulos affair turns into thriller"

    ELEFTHEROS: Large unions struggle for wages, social security"

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "2008 a difficult year for Greek economy"

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Maximos Mansion refuses to turn over classified information about Zachopoulos' affair"

    ESTIA: "Review of New Democracy's four-year governance."

    KATHIMERINI: "Inflation worries government-Reevaluation in lots of products"

    LOGOS: "Zachopoulos a victim of a gang"

    TA NEA: "New blackmail suspects in Zachopoulos affair"

    NIKI: "Government holds back documents in Zachopoulos affair"

    RIZOSPASTIS: The communist party's newspaper refers work-place related fatalities in 2007 on the 'altar' of capital, profits.

    VIMA: "Ominous forecasts for Greek economy in 2008"

    VRADYNI: "Social security reforms: Reversal on 4 points- Development Minister attempts to build bridges with large unions"


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