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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-10-22

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  • [01] Athens University rector, staff discuss measures to control access
  • [02] Greek primary surplus rises to 2.532 bln euros in Jan-Sept‏

  • [01] Athens University rector, staff discuss measures to control access

    ANA-MPA -- Athens University Rector Theodoros Fortsakis on Wednesday met members of the university's administrative staff who object to recent measures controlling access to the building housing the university's administrative leadership. According to their representatives, however, Fortsakis insisted that student access to the building must be controlled, though he appeared willing to relax controls for university staff.

    The representatives of the employees disagreed with the rector's proposal, pointing out that the building also houses services for the students themselves, such as the Erasmus programme, to which the rector left open the possibility of transferring these to another building on campus.

    Earlier, additional tension was provoked when two students entered the rector's office uninvited, while a meeting with academic staff was underway, in order to raise a protest banner.

    Fortsakis said this was an intrusion without his permission and noted that the rectorship was "always open to dialogue but that this called for calmness, politeness, flexibility and also that there are representatives from both sides, who are both equal in number and few in number, otherwise we don't have dialogue, we have mob rule."

    Protesting students remained in the forecourt of the building on Wednesday, while student unions and associations are holding general meetings to discuss control of their access to the building. There will also be a meeting of the university employee union board later on Wednesday, to be followed by a general meeting of the university staff on Thursday.

    [02] Greek primary surplus rises to 2.532 bln euros in Jan-Sept‏

    ANA-MPA -- The Greek government on Tuesday reported a primary budget surplus of 2.532 billion euros in the first nine months of the year, slightly down from a primary surplus of 2.632 billion euros in the corresponding period in 2013, but sharply up from a budget target for a surplus of 1.551 billion.

    The general government's deficit totaled 2.285 billion euros in the January-September period, from a deficit of 2.657 billion euros last year and a revised budget target for a deficit of 3.661 billion euros.

    Net budget revenues totaled 37.277 billion euros in the nine-month period, down 1.1 pct from budget targets, while regular budget net revenues totaled 33.869 billion euros, down 1.0 pct from targets. Tax revenues totaled 32.112 billion euros in the January-September period, down 1.7 pct from targets, with income tax revenues surpassing targets by 7.6 pct, VAT proceeds were up 1.8 pct, other transaction taxes surpassed targets by 26.5 pct and other non-tax revenues were up 19.5 pct in the nine-month period. On the other hand, corporate tax revenues fell short of targets by 19.9 pct, property taxes were 14.4 pct lower, while VAT on oil products were down 6.1 pct.

    Public Investment Programme revenues totaled 3.408 billion euros in the January-September period, down 76 million from targets, while state budget spending totaled 39.562 billion euros.

    Regular budget spending totaled 35.914 billion euros, down 1.960 billion from budget targets and down 7.0 pct compared with the same period last year. This decline reflects mainly a reduction in primary spending by 5.7 pct.

    Public Investment Programme spending totaled 3.648 billion euros, up 180 million euros form budget targets.

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