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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-12-31

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Govt extends deadline for completing investment plans‏
  • [02] President receives homeless national football team
  • [03] Museum guards suspend industrial action on weekends, holidays
  • [04] Some 'voices' continue to blame Athens on refugee issue, minister says
  • [05] Stocks end 3.34% higher in last session of year of heavy losses‏

  • [01] Govt extends deadline for completing investment plans‏

    The relevant government ministry on Thursday said it would present draft legislation in the next few days offering an extension to a deadline for the completion of all investment plans included in the development laws 3299/2004 and 3908/2011.

    The deadline for completing these plans, which originally ended on Thursday, Dec. 31 2015, will be extended until June 30, 2016. All investment plans which have completed 50 pct of their investment by that date will be offered an additional extension until June 30, 2017.

    The ministry said that a new development draft legislation will be completed in January offering attractive incentives to enterprises to implement new investment plans.

    [02] President receives homeless national football team

    Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos on Thursday received a national homeless football team at the presidential mansion, congratulating them on their performance in the Homeless World Cup tournament, where they were awarded the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) Cup.

    The president said he had chosen to invite team members a day before the New Year, rather than at the time of the tournament because "these days are more symbolic for what you are and what you do. I want to thank you, in my capacity as president of the republic and as a Greek citizen, for what you do for yourselves and the example that you give to all of us of strength, determination, and the optimism that we so miss and is missing from the world."

    [03] Museum guards suspend industrial action on weekends, holidays

    The Greek union of museum and archaeological site guards (PEYFA) has decided to temporarily suspend industrial actions over the weekends and on holidays. As a result, sites and museums will be open as normal this Saturday and Sunday, the first weekend of the New Year.

    The union had called on its members to abstain from working on the weekends and holidays since last weekend, in protest against a new law abolishing overtime pay for its members under the new wage scale passed 15 days earlier.

    [04] Some 'voices' continue to blame Athens on refugee issue, minister says

    The Greek government is trying to rescue the tens of thousands of desperate refugees and third country migrants arriving on the eastern Aegean islands, but some "voices" in Europe continue to blame Athens, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas said on Thursday in statements to Praktorio 104.9 FM.

    Mouzalas underlined that "the problem is not Greek, but a European one."

    [05] Stocks end 3.34% higher in last session of year of heavy losses‏

    Greek stocks managed to end 3.34 pct higher in the last trading session of 2015, after a year marked by heavy losses that saw a dramatic fall in bank shares and the composite index of the market end the year with a cumulative loss of 23.58 pct. The index ended a shortened session at 631.35 points, helped by a sharp advance in the share prices of OPAP (15.71 pct) and PPC (7.18 pct).

    The Large Cap index jumped 3.46 pct and the Mid Cap index ended 2.39 pct. Turnover was a moderate 66.850 million euros in volume of 71,314,840.


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