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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-12

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  • [01] Renovated Thassos archaeological museum re-dedicated
  • [02] Eurogroup, Ecofin today
  • [03] Contraband cigarettes seized
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Renovated Thassos archaeological museum re-dedicated

    The archaeological museum on the northern Aegean island of Thass´s was re-dedicated on Saturday in the isle capital of Limena following extensive renovations at the facility.

    Some 1,700 objects are on display in the 1,400-square-metre museumÔs 16 halls, which host exhibits dating from the early antiquity right down to the Byzantine period. Additionally, the unearthed remains of Classical and Roman-era buildings can be seen in the museum's basement.

    The newly renovated museum was inaugurated by Culture and Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos.

    (Photo by ANA-MPA/H. Iordanidis)

    [02] Eurogroup, Ecofin today

    The Councils of Eurogroup and Ecofin ministers will meet on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, in Strasbourg, with finance minister George Papaconstantiniou representing Greece.

    Papaconstantinou will also attend a scheduled meeting of the Task Force on coordination of EU economic policy to chaired by European Council president Herman van Rompuy on Monday.

    [03] Contraband cigarettes seized

    Eleven people (nine foreign nationals and two local men) were arrested by the coast guard aboard two separate vessels off the coast of Elefsina on Saturday and charged with massive contraband cigarette smuggling.

    According to authorities, the Ukrainian-flagged freighter "Alla" was stopped and boarded by the coast guard a sea region off Elefsina after being discreetly monitored over a course of several days.

    Officers discovered more than 2.3 million packets of cigarettes aboard the "Alla" packaged in 4,636 large cardboard boxes. Unpaid taxes for the contraband cargo were estimated at seven million euros.

    Another vessel shadowing the freighter, identified as the "Argonaftis", was also boarded, with two Greek nationals, aged 49 and 27, charged with facilitating the illegal transfer of the cigarettes.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Speculation of early general elections, social security and pensions and arrangements for payment of debts to the State were the main front-page items in Athens' dailies on Monday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "How enterprises will settle their debts - All the arrangements for debts to Social Security funds".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Heatwave in the government - PASOK falling part, electoral percentages hit rock bottom, 'mutiny' by judges over the census of civil servants".

    AVRIANI: "Early elections being planned for November, before the entire political system collapses".

    CHORA: "(Prime minister) Alone with the Troika (European Commission-ECB-IMF) at Maximos Mansion (government headquarters) - PASOK cadres strongly fear dissolution of the party".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Triple surcharge for real estate owners - Government found way to collect 'hot' cash".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "OAEE and IKA pensions 'in the air' - Danger of stoppage of payment in August".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Ministers in the...resistance - After voting for the Memorandum and the Social Security bill, the mutual back-stabbing has begun".

    ESTIA: "The deserts of populism - How we reached the brink of bankruptcy".

    ETHNOS: "Real estate market hit by 6 Richter quake - Shocking figures for the real estate market in Athens and the periphery".

    IMERISSIA: "Sales in supermarkets also on the decline".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Burning two weeks for Greek banks".

    TA NEA: "Public sector social security: Fictitious years a gift to working mothers".

    VRADYNI: "Blackmail with threat of early elections".

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