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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-05

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  • [01] PM in Brussels Monday, meeting with Barroso
  • [02] RinMin: Return to growth in 2012
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM in Brussels Monday, meeting with Barroso

    Prime minister George Papandreou will meet with European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso in Brussels on Monday.

    The meeting between the two leaders, which has been pending, comes a few days ahead of a crucial EU summit on December 17 that is slated to formally establish a permanent European Support Mechanism (ESM).

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    [02] RinMin: Return to growth in 2012

    Finance minister George Papaconstantinou predicted that Greece will return to positive growth rates in 2012, in a newspaper interview appearing on Sunday.

    "The changes we are making today in the state will produce visible results of better services to the citizens in the next 2-3 years," he said in an interview with the Sunday newspaper To Vima.

    "The return to positive growth rates as of 2012 will have a tangible effect in the market and on job positions," the minister added.

    Papaconstantinou further noted the seven structural changes planned over the coming quarter which, he said, will change the structure and operation of the economy.

    Those changes, namely the opening of closed-shop professions, deregulation of services, simplification of licensing procedures for setting up businesses, abolition of obstacles to investments, new labor relations, denationalisation and restructuring of the DEKO (public utilities and organisations) and liberalisation of the energy market, "will shakeups and upsets in the sectors that need to change, but, chiefly, will result in new opportunities".

    Papaconstantinou stressed that the country has no margins to delay, in the coming quarter or in any other quarter, as this would put the financing at risk and is also the demand of the social whole.

    "The long-term effort needed for our country to become what it deserves to be, to take advantage of all its prospects,, and to rid our lives of those structures that are holding us back, does not mean long-term recession and lack of a prospect," he added.

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    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    Athens' Sunday newspapers at a glance

    APOCALYPSEIS: "400 million euros looting in hospitals - Parliamentary fact-finding commission must be set up into the Colpo Grosso in health".

    AVGHI: "They're cutting two salaries in the private sector - Layoffs to reach 850,000 in 2010".

    AVRIANI: "They caught the Revolutionaries' Sect red-handed - The group's arms cache and operational branch in the hands of the police".

    CHORA: "15 years in the dark - Unemployment, hunger, immigration".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Secret agreement between government, employers".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Burning front in education".

    EPOCHI: "The Visitors in Black - Strauss-Kahn and Rehn political backing for Papandreou".

    ETHNOS: "Troika blocks Katselis' agreement with social partners".

    KATHIMERINI: "The four points of the consensus plan".

    LOGOS: "Downhill in bank profits".

    NIKI: "How to avoid the Tax Bureau's vise".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government, employers, GSEE (General Confederation of Workers of Greece) plunging working people into poverty".

    TO VIMA: "Reduction of salaries, or else layoffs..."

    VRADYNI: "Survival guide: 10 ways to avert bankruptcy".

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