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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-28

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  • [01] Striking truckers' meeting with transport ministry official deadlocked
  • [02] Loverdos on auxiliary funds

  • [01] Striking truckers' meeting with transport ministry official deadlocked

    A meeting between striking freight truck owners, including liquid fuel tanker trucks that has left the market nearly dry, and ‘ransport, …nfrastructure and Õetworks secretary general Haris Tsiokas ended in deadlock on Wednesday.

    The truck owners called on the ministry to delay the tabling of a bill, planned for this week, until September to allow for a new round of dialogue between the government and the sector, but the request was refused.

    After the outcome of the meeting, the owners' representatives said that they will recommend the continuation of the sector's mobilisations.

    [02] Loverdos on auxiliary funds

    ANA-MPa/Employment minister Andreas Loverdos categorically denied on Wednesday press reports that the EU-IMF troika inspectors currently in Greece have ascertained cash flow problems in the country's auxiliary funds, and assured that the funds have full financial adequacy for many years to come.

    As such, he also assured that there is no issue of cuts in the auxiliary pensions, and attributed the rumors to "professionals of lies".

    "No auxiliary fund of the three visited by troika representatives today (Wednesday) has a cash flow fund," he said, adding that the rumors were lies and were being spread "perhaps in order to create a political issue that supposedly the troika representatives, in visiting the auxiliary funds, ascertained financial problems leading to cuts in the auxiliary pensions".

    "That is totally untrue," he said. "Quite the opposite, from the troika's visits to three social security funds -- TEADY, TAITEKO and ETEAM -- it was ascertained that they have financial adequacy for many, many more years."

    "Some professionals of lies are saying the opposite purposely in order to create a political issue," Loverdos said, during a briefing of a relevant parliamentary committee.

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