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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-25

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  • [01] Papandreou interview with 'La Repubblica'
  • [02] Youths from Albania, Bulgaria, fYRoM visit Axios
  • [03] Trade deficit down 40.5% in July
  • [04] Karatzaferis visits isles

  • [01] Papandreou interview with 'La Repubblica'

    ROME (ANA-MPA / Th. Andreadis-Singelakis) -- The formula for economic recovery is fairer taxation, greater salaries and pensions, as well as effective measures against tax evasion, main opposition PASOK president George Papandreou underlined in an interview published by the mass Italian daily "La Repubblica".

    "Spending figures will be made public and attention will focus on 'green' economy for the creation of new job positions", he added.

    When asked what socialism means for him, Papandreou responded that it is all about "giving more power to the people and keeping them informed, thus helping them make decisions. It also means social justice and a new relation with the environment."

    Papandreou added that PASOK is one of the few Socialist parties that won in the recent Euro-elections and stressed that "only those who know how to democratise and make globalisation fairer are winning."

    [02] Youths from Albania, Bulgaria, fYRoM visit Axios

    Young people, aged 15-25, from Greece, Albania, Bulgaria and fYRoM visited the Thessaloniki-area municipality of Axios, within the framework of the European programme "Youth in Action".

    Common problems, namely, environmental pollution, inadequate waste disposal sites, river pollution, uncontrolled hunting in protected areas as well as soil and water pollution by pesticides, were cited.

    A total of 10 youths from the municipality of Sofia, 10 from the municipalities of Sarande and Gjirokaster and nine from the municipality of Skopje arrived in Thessaloniki on Sept. 20 for a series of contacts with young people active on environmental issues in the region of Axios. They also visited the Axios River Delta and were briefed on the cultivation of shellfish and rice.

    In Thessaloniki, they had the opportunity to visit archaeological museums and sites and meet with local authorities.

    [03] Trade deficit down 40.5% in July

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greeceās trade deficit totaled 2.393 billion euros in July, down from 4.022 billion euros in July 2008, a decline of 40.5 percent, the National Statistical Service announced on Friday.

    The statistics agency, in a monthly report, said the value of import-arrivals in the country dropped 34.4 pct in July, while the value of export-deliveries fell 19.2 pct compared with the corresponding period last year.

    The trade deficit in the January-July period totaled 14.554 billion euros, from 25.764 billion euros in the same period in 2008, for a decline of 43.5 percent.

    The value of exports fell 36.4 pct while exports fell 18.6 pct over the same period.

    [04] Karatzaferis visits isles

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.OS) President George Karatzaferis visited the small SE Aegean isles of Ro and Kastellorizo on Friday.

    Karatzaferis laid a wreath at the "Lady of Ro" monument, while in Kastellorizo he met with local residents.

    The LA.OS president later departed for the Cyclades island of Syros, where he will give a press conference later in the afternoon.

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