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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-08

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  • [01] Unemployment climbs to 26pct in Sept 2012, Eurostat says
  • [02] Antiques, rare objects discovered in Piraeus City Hall

  • [01] Unemployment climbs to 26pct in Sept 2012, Eurostat says

    AMNA -- Unemployment in Greece rose to 26 percent in September 2012, posting a 0.7 percent rise over the preceding month of August and 7.1 percentage points year-on-year over September 2011, Eurostat said on Tuesday.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; According to Eurostat figures released in Brussels, Greece had the second highest unemployment rate in the 27-member European Union, after Spain with 26.6 percent. The lowest rates were in Austria (4.5 percent), Luxembourg (5.1 percent) and Germany (5.4 percent), while the average unemployment in the 17-member eurozone was 11.8 percent and 10.7 percent for the entire EU. amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; According to the same figures, Greece had the highest unemployment rate among young people in the EU, with 57.6 percent, while unemployment among men was 22.9 percent and among women at 30.1 percent.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion Laszlo Andor opined that 2013 could be a turning point for Greece, after a presentation of the Commission report on employment and social developments in Europe in 2012. amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Asked to comment on the spiraling unemployment in Greece, particularly among young people, Andor acknowledged that the unemployment rate in Greece was much worse that the European average, adding that the most worrisome element was the momentum in unemployment, but noted that "unfortunately, Greece is not the only country in which a continuous rise in unemployment is observed".

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Because of the unemployment, the social situation in Greece has worsened, and consequently greater weight must be placed on social policy measures, Andor said.amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; He underlined that Greece has made very significant steps towards streamlining its public finances which, combined with the efforts to boost investments and improve the use of resources from the structural funds, could turn 2013 into a turning point for Greece.

    [02] Antiques, rare objects discovered in Piraeus City Hall

    AMNA -- Antique furniture and rare objects were accidentally uncovered in an unused and forgotten space on the 8th floor of the Piraeus City Hall building.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The items are believed to have belonged to Piraeus benefactor Kriton Dilaveris and subsequently bequeathed to the municipality.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Dilaveris, who was born in Piraeus in 1894 and died in 1972, bequeathed his entire fortune to the municipality. He had been elected as an MP for Piraeus in 1935, 1936 and 1946 and was married to Athena, the sister of the late Greek actress and tragedian Katina Paxinou.amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; At a recent auction, the municipality sold Dilaveris' 1960 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster to a German entrepreneur for 400,000 euro, which money went to the re-landscaping of a park named after the benefactor.amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Piraeus Mayor Vassilis Michaloliakos pledged the finds will be showcased, just like "all the small and large 'treasures' of our city", adding that "we owe it to the memory of our great benefactor, we owe it to the historic continuity of our city".

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