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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-04-13

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

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  • [01] Government's proposed bills adhere strictly to July deal, say gov't sources
  • [02] Peace restored in Idomeni after refugee scuffles with FYROM police
  • [03] Amendment submitted to parliament to extend operation of refugee centres

  • [01] Government's proposed bills adhere strictly to July deal, say gov't sources

    The draft bills on taxation and social security reform which the Greek government is planning to submit to parliament "adhere strictly to the framework deal of last July and to the progress covered so far in the negotiations" with the country's creditors, government sources said on Wednesday.

    The sources were responding to a comment by the European Commission which said that an agreement will first have to be achieved between the two sides if any draft bills can be implemented by the government.

    "The bills are open to observations and changes that will emerge from the public consultation and further talks with the institutions, until the completion of the program review," the sources added.

    [02] Peace restored in Idomeni after refugee scuffles with FYROM police

    Peace was restored in the makeshift camp of Idomeni on Wednesday after earlier scuffles at the neutral zone between Greece and FYROM, when a group of refugees and migrants tried to cut a section of the fence separating the two countries.

    The protesting group left the area along with the Greek police force that was called in. Earlier, police arrested four more people as part of its efforts to crack down on the unknown individuals who misinform the refugees in the camp.

    The three Norwegians (two women and a man) and one Briton were detained for possessing a walkie-talkie inside their car, while a German national was also detained this morning for possessing a pepper spray. A second German national detained on Tuesday for possessing a knife was released after being given a court date in September.

    [03] Amendment submitted to parliament to extend operation of refugee centres

    A labour ministry amendment included in a draft bill will extend the operation of the open hosting centres for asylum seekers and other vulnerable groups of people.

    The program, which was deemed necessary by the increase of refugee flows, covers part of their needs for food, healthcare and provision of social services and is expected to cost 380,000 euros. The same amendment approved an extra 670,000 euros for the temporary accommodation centre for asylum seekers in Lavrio, whose operation has been assigned to the Hellenic Red Cross.


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