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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-21

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  • [01] Investigation ordered into death of female inmate
  • [02] Eurogroup approves 9.2-billion-euro loan tranche to Greece
  • [03] Mousouroulis sets cruise industry as main priority
  • [04] Registered unemployment up 9.16 pct in Dec‏
  • [05] Finance ministry issues circular on justifying origin of sums sent abroad

  • [01] Investigation ordered into death of female inmate

    AMNA -- An initial disciplinary investigation was ordered on Monday into the circumstances of the death of a young female inmate at the women's Elaionas prison, Thiva, to be carried out by a public prosecutor.amna

    The inmate, serving a 6-year term on violation of the narcotics law, was having certain health problems, as she suffered from lung disease. Her body has already been transferred to the Athens Forensic Service to ascertain the cause of death.

    [02] Eurogroup approves 9.2-billion-euro loan tranche to Greece

    AMNA -- The Council of euro zone Finance ministers on Monday evening approved the disbursement of January's bailout loan tranche to Greece, totalling 9.2 billion euros. Of these, the banking sector will receive 7.2 billion euros and the remaining 2 billion euros will go to state coffers.

    According to sources, Eurogroup ascertained that Greece is okay in relation to the commitments undertaken and gave the ‘green light' for the disbursement.amna

    Discussion at the Council on Greece lasted a mere 10 minutes and had a rather typical nature, with the overall atmosphere being positive about Greece, the sources said.

    [03] Mousouroulis sets cruise industry as main priority

    AMNA -- Further development of the cruise industry with high quality port services is among the government's main priorities, minister of Merchant Marine and Aegean, Kostis Mousouroulis, told a special event on Monday held onboard Louis Cristal cruiser in the port Piraeus, on the occasion of the annual general meeting of the Association of Cruise Ship Owners.

    Greek ports need to be viewed on a strategic basis, while their development should be carried out on the basis of a modern and sustainable operating model that will contribute to boosting employment, Mousouroulis said.amna

    "Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language: President of the Association, Theodoros Kontes, stressed the government needs to push ahead with the necessary arrangements and measures to support the industry in order to set the right conditions for competition and simplify bureaucracy. This, he said, would provide incentives for cruisers to return to the National Naval Registry.

    [04] Registered unemployment up 9.16 pct in Dec‏

    AMNA -- Registered unemployment grew 9.16 pct in December 2012, compared with the same month in 2011, and by 1.44 pct from November 2012, the Workforce Employment Organization (OAED) said on Monday.

    In a report, OAED said that the number of registered unemployed people totaled 797,578 in December, with the Southern Aegean region recording the highest percentage increase (11.89 pct) in the month. The percentage of unemployed men was 42.28 pct (337,242) in December with unemployed women totaling 460,336 (57.72 pct). Long-term unemployment was 42.27 pct (337,100), while people seeking jobs in the Attica region accounted for 36.5 pct of total unemployment, followed by Central Macedonia with 19.53 pct.amna

    Unemployed people receiving unemployment benefit rose to 234,455 in December, up 9.27 pct from November, although it was slightly down compared with December 2011.

    Unemployed people in the 30-54 age group accounted for 64.24 pct of all unemployed, the below-30 age group accounted for 25.56 pct and the over-55 age group accounted for 10.21 pct.amna

    New hirings totaled 49,494 in December, up 10.98 pct from December 2011, but down 27.07 pct from November 2012, while dismissals totaled 51,751, down 1.01 pct from December 2011 and down 36.26 pct from November 2012.

    [05] Finance ministry issues circular on justifying origin of sums sent abroad

    AMNA -- The finance ministry on Monday issued instructions to all tax offices and relevant government services on the ways in which tax-payers can account for sums deposited in banks abroad, in the cases where there is an apparent discrepancy between their declared income and savings.

    The tax-payers in question have already been invited by the General Secretariat for Information Systems to justify these discrepancies or submit additional tax statements. If they fail to do so, they will be taxed at a rate of 45 percent on the sums that cannot be accounted for.amna

    The ministry noted that the tax payers involved can use the TAXIS net system to declare the existence of capital from previous years that might account for the discrepancy between their deposits and declared income.amna

    "Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-GB;mso-fareast-language: If the sums cannot be accounted for, the tax payer will then have to submit an additional tax statements with full supporting documentation, including any other individuals to whom the sums may belong and previous tax statements dating back to 2004.

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