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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-12-18

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Economy Minister: The parallel programme will proceed as soon as some matters are clarified
  • [02] Asterokosmos brightens the city of Thessaloniki
  • [03] Two ferries carrying large number of refugees to dock at Piraeus port on Friday

  • [01] Economy Minister: The parallel programme will proceed as soon as some matters are clarified

    "It goes without saying that the lenders are aware of issues regarding the financial cost" stated on Friday Economy Minister George Stathakis to SKAI TV asked about the retirement of the draft law on the so-called parallel programme.

    However, he appeared optimistic that a happy medium will be found with the institutions.

    "I think that some matters will be clarified and it will proceed smoothly" said Stathakis noting that the parallel programme has provisions that 'must proceed' for the support of the vulnerable group of the population.

    The Economy minister reiterated the government's position that the discussion on the parallel programme did not 'freeze' but, due to the opposition parties retirement from parliament, will pass under normal procedures and not under emergency procedures.

    Referring to the tough negotiation on the first evaluation, Stathakis estimated that the government will succeed a 'balanced and fair solution' for the social security and will fully protect the bad mortgage loans regarding the first residence.

    Finally, asked if the lenders have accepted the total exclusion of the mortgage loans for the first residence, the minister said "we will discuss it with them" and noted that "we have achieved a lot".

    [02] Asterokosmos brightens the city of Thessaloniki

    The International Thessaloniki Trade Fair hosts for third consecutive year brightens the city of Thessaloniki with "Asterokosmos". A park of joy insipired by Christmas has opened its doors to the public.

    Asterokosmos is a brand name developed by TIF-HELEXPO and is organised by Magic Park, said TIF-HELEXPO general manager Kyriakos Pozrikidis who also noted that it is a thematic park included in Thessaloniki tourist packages and aims to attract over 200,000 visitors this year.

    The visitors of Asterokosmos will have the opportunity to play in the 17 games and use the two indoor ice skating rinks. They will also be able to visit the elves village to participate in interaction games and in workhouses.

    The venue is open from 11:00-22:00 every day and the ticket costs 7 euros.

    [03] Two ferries carrying large number of refugees to dock at Piraeus port on Friday

    Two ferries carrying approximately 3,500 refugees will dock on Friday at Piraeus port.

    The ferry Ariadne has already disembarked 1,750 refugees from Chios and Lesvos while the ferry Eleftherios Venizelos left for the port of Mytilene with 1,654 refugees on board and is expected to dock within the next hours at Piraeus.


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