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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-16

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  • [01] SYRIZA leader briefs Papoulias on his meetings abroad
  • [02] National Bank launches tender for "Mikro Kavouri"
  • [03] Second phase of process for development of Hellinikon begins

  • [01] SYRIZA leader briefs Papoulias on his meetings abroad

    AMNA--Internationalization of the Greek problem which is part of the wider European problem, was the purpose of his recent international contacts in Latin American and with the German leadership in Berlin, main opposition SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras told President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday, and stressed that Greece, "with a multi-dimensional foreign policy", could "find allies and open up the rifts that exist".

    Tsipras briefed Papoulias on his recent visits to Latin American countries and most recently to Berlin, which he wound up on Tuesday and during which he met with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and German Chancellor Angela Merkel's special envoy for Greek-German cooperation, Deputy Labour Minister Hans Joachim Fuchtel.

    Speaking to waiting reporters after his one-hour meeting with Papoulias, Tsipras said he told the President that the German public opinion is sensitive to what the Greek people are going through while, asked by the press whether margins exist for negotiation, the SYRIZA leader underlined that "a government that disputes the Memorandum has substantial margins for negotiation".amna

    He told reporters after the meeting that he conveyed to Papoulias his party's displeasure over the fact that the three-party coalition government is introducing legislation through Legislative Acts, as well as his concern over the climate of violence and recent terrorist incidents.

    "Maximum condemnation (of such acts) by all the political parties is needed," Tsipras said.amna

    Questioned on speculation on Thursday's impending vote in parliament for the establishment of a parliamentary preliminary investigation committee on political accountability in the Lagarde list affair, he said: "It is incomprehensible, if what is being heard is true, that the three political leaders (of the parties supporting the coalition government) have agreed that the vote will be conducted with three ballots. This would undermine parliament's autonomy, with a process that abolishes the secrecy of the vote. This has never happened before, and indicates panic. Mr. Venizelos (leader of PASOK, a junior partner in the coalition government) is incriminating himself. He is seeking political support from Prime Minister (and New Democracy leader) Antonis Samaras, but is also making himself a hostage".amna

    "We address, primarily, the MPs of the majority: we must safeguard the parliamentary and democratic process," he added.

    Arriving at the Presidential Mansion earlier, Tsipras told Papoulias that he ascertained a turnabout in the public opinion in Germany, even on issues of the past, such as the forced WWII Nazi occupation loan.

    [02] National Bank launches tender for "Mikro Kavouri"

    AMNA--National Bank Group on Wednesday launched an international tender seeking an investor to develop a 300,000 sq.m. seaside area, called "Mikro Kavouri" in Vouliagmeni, Attica, as part of an asset development plan, jointly with Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF).

    The area includes two buildings owned by Astir Palace Vouliagmeni and Greek Tourism Organization and is considered as one of the most beautiful public real estate properties not only in Attica, but worldwide.amna

    The process is also part of a plan of National Bank Group to boost its capital base and part of a strategic approach of the group to sell non-majority share holdings.

    [03] Second phase of process for development of Hellinikon begins

    AMNA--‘he second phase of a process for the development of the former Hellinikon airport site began last week, with the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund issuing eligible investors who had signed the necessary non-disclosure agreement a request for proposal, which includes instructions on the content and submission of their proposal and an overview of Phase B.

    The three bidders are Elbit Cochin Ltd, London & Regional Properties and Lamda

    Development. These eligible investors received information and access to the virtual

    data room, containing technical and legal data of the project in order to facilitate

    their due diligence process.

    Beginning next week eligible investors will be offered the opportunity to visit the site

    and attend presentation meetings.

    The final submission of technical offers is expected to take place in July 2013.

    In particular, eligible investors will be asked to submit their binding offers, along with

    their business plan for the development of the wider area. The basis for the offers

    must include the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Hellinikon S.A.

    The full development of the Hellinikon site is expected to enhance Greek GDP by

    0.3% per year and to create over 10,000 new jobs on a yearly basis for the next


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