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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-13

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  • [01] Papandreou receives Hungarian counterpart
  • [02] 24h strike in public transport on Tuesday
  • [03] ND to vote against omnibus bill 

  • [01] Papandreou receives Hungarian counterpart

    ANA-MPA/Prime minister George Papandreou met on Monday with his visiting Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban, for talks that included a permanent EU support mechanism, EU enlargement and migration issues.

    In joint statements to the press afterwards, Papandreou said they had the opportunity to discuss a permanent EU support mechanism "which in recent months, and due to the crisis in Greece and not only, in the eurozone, has become a central issue for the course of Europe, the European economy and the eurozone".ana-mpa

    Papandreou also noted that the matter of revision of the Lisbon Treaty will be discussed on Thursday and Friday (EU summit), adding that the Hungarian EU presidency will have the responsibility of moving the process forward at European level in the coming months.ana-mpa

    The Greek premier further expressed the country's unconditional support for Hungary, which assumes the EU presidency in the first half of 2011, on the targets it has set out for the EU, "in this big family which can and has so much to do".ana-mpa

    Orban pointed out the difficulties faced by the Greek and Hungarian economies, noting "we realise that a different mix of economic and political decisions is needed for each country, otherwise we cannot succeed", and wishing Greece that it will be able to take control of the situation and once again become one of the more successful European countries.

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    [02] 24h strike in public transport on Tuesday

    ANA-MPA/All public transport and the Hellenic Railways (OSE) will come to a 24 hour standstill on Tuesday, as mass transit employees have called a strike, it was announced on Monday.ana-mpa

    Public transport employee unions will also announce later Monday mobilisations for Tuesday and Wednesday, within the framework of the mobilisations declared by the two major umbrella labour federations ADEDY and GSEE, which includes a 24-hour nationwide general strike on Wednesday.

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    [03] ND to vote against omnibus bill

    ANA_MPA/Main opposition New Democracy (ND) on Monday announced its intention to vote against the omnibus bill in principle (first reading) on Tuesday in parliament.

    ND press spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos said that ND, "as a responsible party, will support isolated provisions that are in the right direction, but will also demand the withdrawal or amendment of other regulations which, instead of promoting the recovery and growth of the economy, instead sink it into shrinkage and recession".ana-mpa

    ND, he added, criticises the government both on the content of the omnibus bill and the "urgent procedure" it is following for its ratification, which allows the main opposition party only 11 minutes to present its position during the parliamentary debate of the bill ahead of its voting.

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