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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-10-24

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Greece's supervision by creditors will continue, SYRIZA stresses
  • [02] Torrential rain causes havoc in Athens, Piraeus
  • [03] Greek trade deficit up 5.2 pct in Jan-Aug‏

  • [01] Greece's supervision by creditors will continue, SYRIZA stresses

    ANA-MPA -- Main opposition SYRIZA, in an announcement on Friday, accused the coalition government of attempting to conceal that "supervision by [Greece's] creditors will continue as normal, with the country's hands tied behind its back."

    According to SYRIZA, the "so-called exit from the memorandum is a new memorandum under another name but with the same obligations of austerity and being trapped by the creditors' demands."

    The country needs a government with a fresh mandate, which will negotiate for the interests of the people and ensure a socially just exit from the crisis, the announcement said.

    [02] Torrential rain causes havoc in Athens, Piraeus

    ANA-MPA -- Drivers were trapped in their cars in Piraeus, Greece's main port, on Friday from torrential rain that continued into the evening while Prime Minister Antonis Samaras has scheduled an emergency meeting as soon as he returns from Brussels Friday night.

    Piraeus Mayor Yiannis Moralis put all city services on alert and called a meeting on Saturday to review and manage the situation.

    The Fire Brigade said it had received more than 300 calls for help from several suburbs, many for fallen trees obstructing roads and most – at least in the morning - from the suburbs of Keratsini, Drapetsona, Nikea, Egaleo and Korydallos, north of Piraeus and west of Athens.

    Later in the afternoon, calls for help came mostly from the western suburbs of Peristeri, Petroupoli, Ilion and Menidi. In Menidi, where the Fire Brigade rescued three people in a drifting car, while television images from Ilion showed torrents racing through the town as parked cars appeared submerged up to the windows.

    According to the Fire Brigade, as of Friday evening there were 100 staff with 50 trucks in the Attica region working on emergency calls.

    The torrential rain also slowed traffic in Athens, which on major roads like Kifissias, Messoghion, the Eastern Attica coastal road and Syngrou was moving at slow pace.

    Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will hold an emergency meeting at the Civil Protection Operations Centre in the northern suburb of Halandri as soon as he returns from Brussels and a eurozone leaders summit on Friday night, to assess the situation created in the Attica region from the torrential rain.

    The premier will be setting priorities to deal with problems created from flooding, especially in the western suburbs and Piraeus.

    [03] Greek trade deficit up 5.2 pct in Jan-Aug‏

    ANA-MPA -- Greece's trade deficit shrank by 29.5 pct in August, reversing a rising trend which prevailed in the previous months, as a decline in the value of imports was almost triple compared with the decline in exports. The trade deficit, however, was up 5.2 pct in the January-August period, Hellenic Statistical Authority said on Friday.

    The statistics service, in a report on the country's merchandise trade, said that the value of import-arrivals totaled 3.286 billion euros in August, from 3.926 billion in the same month last year, for a decline of 16.3 pct) excluding oil products imports fell by 12.9 pct).

    The value of export-deliveries totaled 2.056 billion euros in August, from 2.181 billion in August 2013, for a decline of 5.7 pct (excluding oil products exports fell by 5.9 pct).

    The country's trade deficit totaled 1.230 billion euros in August, from 1.745 billion euros in the same month last year, for a decline of 29.5 pct (excluding oil products the trade deficit fell by 20.3 pct).

    In the eight-month period from January to August, the value of import-arrivals totaled 31.252 billion euros, from 31.307 billion last year, a decline of 0.2 pct (excluding oil products imports rose by 6.4 pct).

    The value of export-deliveries totaled 17.710 billion euros in the January-August period, from 18.433 billion last year, a decline of 3.9 pct (excluding oil products exports fell by 3.0 pct).

    The trade deficit totaled 13.542 billion euros in the eight-month period, from 12.873 billion last year, an increase of 5.2 pct (excluding oil products the trade deficit rose by 18.3 pct).


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