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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-02-27

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Tsipras' meeting with economic staff concluded
  • [02] Prosecutor orders preliminary investigation into allegations over conditions in Amygdaleza detention center
  • [03] ERT bill will be possibly tabled in Parliament next week, State min Pappas says

  • [01] PM Tsipras' meeting with economic staff concluded

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' meeting with the economic staff was completed earlier on Friday at the Maximos mansion. Government Vice-President Yiannis Dragasakis, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, Economy Minister George Stathakis, Productive Reconstruction Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis, Alternate Finance Minister Nadia Valavani and Alternate Minister for International Economic Relations Efklidis Tsakalotos participated in the meeting.

    Among the issues discussed was the promotion of the government work, according to sources. A government council is likely to be convened on Friday or Saturday.

    [02] Prosecutor orders preliminary investigation into allegations over conditions in Amygdaleza detention center

    ANA/MPA---Head prosecutor Ilias Zagoreos ordered the launch of a preliminary investigation into recent reports and allegations regarding the living conditions for undocumented migrants being held at the Amygdaleza migrant detention center.

    Earlier this month, a foreign national committed suicide in the premises of the center, triggering protests. Alternate Citizen Protection Minister Yannis Panousis the following day visited Amygdaleza and announced that this kind of detention centers would be closed down.

    The preliminary investigation will look into whether offenses relating to "acts and behaviours abusing the detainees" have been committed and to identify the perpetrators.

    [03] ERT bill will be possibly tabled in Parliament next week, State min Pappas says

    ana/mpa---The maturing IMF bonds will be covered, State Minister Nikos Pappas said on Friday. He said that the government and the partners have the political will to find a solution and noted that the possibility of extending what is being owed to the IMF is not being considered.

    The government has pledged, through a Eurogroup decision too, that it would meet its loan obligations, he noted and added that the partners have also committed themselves to that.

    He said that "the fiscal gap will be clarified, not in absentia of the primary surplus and that the country will enter a normalcy period." He accused German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble of taking an extreme and aggressive stance against Greece and spoke of factors that tried to undermine the government.

    He said that the VAT will not be increased and that the legislation on property will be rather delayed. He added that the bill on the former state broadcaster ERT will be possibly tabled in Parliament next week. This would provide for a small increase in charges, to be imposed through the electricity bills so that the former state broadcaster can reopen, he said and added that as far as hirings are concerned the priority would be given to those who had been laid off from the old ERT.


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