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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-21

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  • [01] Gov't turned deficit crisis in borrowing crisis
  • [02] Nationwide strike on Thursday
  • [03] Ballistics report on safehouse arms
  • [04] FinMin on policy plan
  • [05] ┴thens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Gov't turned deficit crisis in borrowing crisis

    ANa-MPaMain opposition New Democracy (ND) party spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos emphasised on Tuesday that "the prime minister received a debt and deficit crisis from the (preceding) ND government and transformed it into a borrowing crisis, with Greece now called on to pay during this difficult period."

    "Recourse to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) underscores the total failure of the prime ministerÔs moves," Panagiotopoulos stated, adding that "the public debt and deficit were not created in the last five and a half years ... the biggest share of the responsibility belongs to the governments headed by PASOK."

    "Those who see the IMF as an alternative mechanism for cheap loans are not in contact with reality," he said, pointing out that "it is the terms set by the IMF that matter and not its interest rates."

    [02] Nationwide strike on Thursday

    Ana-mpaThe civil service umbrella union ADEDY on Tuesday urged all public-sector unions and workers to turn out in force for the strike declared on Thursday, April 22, and attend strike rallies on that day. It said that tours and meetings were being held in the work places of most of its members in order to prepare the strike.

    An ADEDY announcement stressed that public sector staff were continuing and escalating their struggle with the demand that the rich and powerful be called to pay for the crisis, not just the workers, and for the government to withdraw anti-popular measures that drastically reduced income and added to the tax burden.

    Twenty-seven public and private-sector trade unions, including the local authority staff union federation POE-OTA or the civil aviation authority union, have so far decided to participate in the strike called by ADEDY, as well as the Union of Civil Servants Organisations of Thessaloniki.

    [03] Ballistics report on safehouse arms

    Ana-mpaA ballistics study has conclusively linked three firearms found in a Revolutionary Struggle terrorist group safehouse in the central Athens district of Kypseli earlier in the week to several terrorist attacks by the group, police announced late Tuesday night.

    According to police, the two Kalshnikovs and MP5 machine gun had been used in the attacks against a riot police (MAT) bus in the Athens district of Goudi on December 23, 2008 and also in the January 5, 2009, attack outside the Culture Ministry in Exarhia in which a riot police officer was seriously wounded.

    Moreover, the MP5 had been used in the attack against the Nea Ionia police station on April 30, 2007.

    [04] FinMin on policy plan

    Ana-MpaA new framework of fiscal management, promoting privatizations, deregulating services markets and the opening of so-called closed professions are included in a new package of government actions, Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said on Tuesday.

    Speaking to reporters, the Greek minister also said his ministry will introduce a single payment authority in the public sector, integrating all payroll spending in the public sector. The first phase of this plan will include all government ministries in the first half of the year, to include municipalities and public sector enterprises by the end of 2010.

    A new fiscal management framework will include drafting of three-year budgets from government ministries and hiring auditing firms to monitor the execution of state budgets. Papaconstantinou said two auditors will be placed in every ministry and every pension fund and state hospitals to help in the proper execution of budgets plans.

    [05] ┴thens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens ' dailies at a glance

    The arrival of an EU, IMF and ECB delegation to Athens and the beginning of deliberations with the Greek government on details of a eurozone support mechanism, looming changes in social security, the labour market and so-called "closed" professions as well as efforts to cut tax evasion and debts owed to the tax bureau mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Interior Minister opens door for hirings in public sector".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Hunt for tax debtors in private companies' hands".

    AVGHI: "Uprising against IMF".

    AVRIANI: "MIG president Andreas Vgenopoulos: "Politicians responsible for country's bankruptcy".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Government hands over country's administration to IMF".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "New elements on scam with the bonds - FinMin Papaconstantinou hides behind Bank of Greece".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Why this newspaper did not publish news of the police raid," referring the latest discovery, on Monday, of an urban terror gang's purported arms cache as well as an internal dispute between the paper's owners and editors over whether to publish the report.

    ESTIA: "IMF's arrival our last chance for purification".

    ETHNOS: "Private companies recruited in tax hunt - Collection of 1.5 billion euros is 2010 target".

    IMERISSIA: "Government preparing for (support) request".

    KATHIMERINI: "IMF: Greece threatening eurozone".

    LOGOS: "Country in IMF tunnel".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Private companies will check taxes, expenditures".

    NIKI: "Country amid bankruptcy whirlpool".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "48-hour strike for labour, our lives and future".

    TA NEA: "Public sector: Employees' mass exodus a landmine for retirement bonus".

    VIMA: " Germany will earn 900 million euros from Greece (crises) - Outcry against German Chancellor Angela Merkel's stance in Euro-parliament".

    VRADYNI: "Unemployment skyrockets in the shadow of new measures ".

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