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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-17

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  • [01] Flood works for burnt Attica
  • [02] Privatised OA goals outlined
  • [03] LA.OS leader at police HQ

  • [01] Flood works for burnt Attica

    Environment, Land Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias on Thursday paid a visit to areas of Attica burnt in August's fires, where works to prevent erosion and flooding are now underway.

    "The environment ministry, in the context of its emergency response to restore areas of northeast Attica that suffered damage in the August fires, has immediately proceeded to carry out anti-flooding and anti-erosion works," the minister stressed.

    According to Souflias, the total expanse of burnt areas, without enclaves, comes to roughly 18,338 hectares.

    Since the start of September, specialist teams have been building wood barriers to prevent soil erosion and others have been clearing and shoring up streams and water-courses to prevent flooding, with the first group expected to finish by the end of the month and the second by mid-October.

    Caption: Charred trees and bare, unprotected soil are all that's left of the natural landscape in areas of northeast Attica devastated by August's destructive fires and equally destructive rains of a few days before. The area was visited on Thursday by Environment Minister George Souflias, who inspected the progress of anti-flooding and anti-erosion works. ANA-MPA - Katerina Mavrona.

    [02] Privatised OA goals outlined

    A new era will be inaugurated for Olympic Airlines beginning on Oct. 1 as the formerly state-run and debt-ridden air carrier will be turned over to the Marfin Investment Group (MIG) following a recent privatisation, MIG chief executive Andreas Vgenopoulos said on Thursday.

    Outlining the new air carrier's business plan, the high-profile Greek business executive announced that the new OA fleet will comprise a total 21 top-of-the-line passenger jets, namely, 16 Airbus 319s and 320s, 10 Bombardier Q400s, five Bombardier Dash 100s and one ATR-42.

    Vgenopoulos pledged that the new company will provide excellent service, be highly competitive and execute 65 pct of the old OA flight itinerary in accordance with provisions set by the EU. It will also claim less profitable routes and eye cooperation with a handful of international carriers that he listed off.

    Conversely, he categorically ruled out the likelihood of agreeing to jointly manage OA with the Greek state and reiterated his proposal for an immediate re-nationalisation of the company if that is the wish of any new government that will take office after the Oct. 4 election.

    "The goal of the new company is to be an uncontested leader in the domestic market and to occupy a leading place amongst European air carriers..."

    [03] LA.OS leader at police HQ

    (ANA-MPA) -- Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) President George Karatzaferis expressed support towards the national police force (EL.AS) during his visit Thursday to the Attica General Police Directorate (main police headquarters) in central Athens.

    Karatzaferis, who was accompanied by party MPs, stated that police officers must be protected, pointing out that the "trivialisation of the force", as he said, has a negative effect on police work.

    "A strong police means greater security for citizens," he stated.

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