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

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  • [01] PM: No relaxation, danger of relapse lurking
  • [02] Fiscal policy bill passes committee vote
  • [03] Gov't spokesman brother's house targetted
  • [04] 4.8R quake NE of Limnos island
  • [05] The Sunday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [06] FUTUREMED project on ports
  • [07] Exhibition on the sea world at Athens International Airport 'El. Venizelos'

  • [01] PM: No relaxation, danger of relapse lurking

    AMNA--Prime Minister Antonis Samaras called for a wider alliance among political parties and figures in order the reforms policy to be supported, in an interview with Sunday newsparer "To Vima".

    "We are open to everyone" said Samaras who warned that the difficulties are ahead of us and clarified that we have "survived the 'drachmophobia' ". Samaras also stressed that there must be no relaxation of the effort because the danger of relapse is lurking.amna

    The premier noted that the "changes can already been seen, other small and other larger" adding that the government has met its targets regarding the reduction of the debt .

    [02] Fiscal policy bill passes committee vote

    AMNA--The fiscal policy draft bill made it through the Parliament's economics committee by majority vote on Saturday, and will be presented to the plenary session for final voting on Monday. The Independent Greeks, the only opposition party not to walk out, voted against the bill.

    Deputy Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said the measures provide a comprehensive and cohesive network of fiscal rules and practices that will contribute to bringing order to state finances. In his speech to the committee, he placed particular emphasis on the the issue of debt repurchasing, saying that the bill includes "a series of important regulations that have proved to be necessary for the continuation of the financial inflow by the support mechanism and the release of the loan tranche."amna

    He mentioned among others that a debt repurchase of 31.9 billion euros at an average 33 pct on the bond's face value meant the debt was reduced by 21.1 billion euros, bringing the remaining debt within the parameters set by the IMF in order for the debt to qualify as viable. "Because of the repurchase, the IMF is continuing its funding of the Greek program," he said.amna

    Staikouras added that the return on treasury bills dropped from the 15-17 pct interest before the repurchase to 9-10 pct now, shortening the time Greece will need to return to the markets again, and making investments in the real economy more attractive, either through privatization or direct investments.

    [03] Gov't spokesman brother's house targetted

    AMNA--An arson attack against government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou brother's house in Athens was reported at 23:15 on Saturday.

    Unknown individuals broke the entrance of the three-storey building where Kedikoglou brother's house and office are housed and threw a home-made fire bomb.

    Minor damages were reported from the explosion.amna

    Kedikoglou's brother was at home with his wife and their three year old child at the time of the attack.

    [04] 4.8R quake NE of Limnos island

    AMNA--A light earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale was recorded at 10:55 on Sunday in the sea area northeast of the Aegean island of Limnos.

    This is the third quake over 4.5R recorded in the area in the last five days.

    According to Thessaloniki Aristotelion University Seismology laboratory the depth of the quakes are estimated between 5-15 km.

    [05] The Sunday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Sunday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    AVGHI: "Crippled democracy with poverty, collusion and authoritarianism".

    EPOCHI: "Strategy of tension and trade of hope".

    ETHNOS: "105 mayors being investigated for financial scandals".

    KATHIMERINI: «Justice 'Rambos' against the political corruption".

    KERDOS: "The 'privatisation' of taxes".

    LOGOS: "Tax storm on salary earners and pensioners".

    Realnews: «This is how former Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou buried the "Lagarde list" ".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Government imposes measures that devastate the people for the recovery of profits ".

    TO ARTHRO: "SYRIZA in state of panic".

    TO VIMA: "Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' interview: No relaxation because there is danger of a relapse".

    TYPOS: " 'Lagarde list' cd's secret delivery"

    VRADYNI: "Who are eligible for unemployment benefit".

    [06] FUTUREMED project on ports

    AMNA--The FUTUREMED project, that unites under its roof six countries, including Greece, aims at "giving" the Mediterranean stronger ports, mobilising new innovative technologies on reducing bureaucracy, improving combined transport, particularly rail and sea, and upgrading passenger and commercial movement.

    Participating in the project on the Greek side are the Institute of Sustainable Mobility and Trarnsport Networks of the National Research and Technological Development Centre, the Development ministry, TRAINOSE and the Thessaloniki Port Organisation.amna

    The project is one of the two strategic ones that were approved recently in the framework of the MED interstate cooperation programme.

    [07] Exhibition on the sea world at Athens International Airport 'El. Venizelos'

    AMNA--Visitors and passengers at Athens' International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" will have the opportunity to enjoy an exhibition entitled "Inspired by the Sea World" from January 14 until the end of April 2013.

    Twenty-five works by students of a private graphics school will offer an awakening tour of underwater life focusing on the protection of the natural marine environment in the Mediterranean and increasing public awareness.amna

    A large number of photos from the long-standing work of MEDASSET (Mediterranean Association for the protection of Sea Turtles) throughout the Mediterranean Sea will also be on display, as well as visual material on the protection of the endangered Caretta-caretta.

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