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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-04-26

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

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  • [01] Talks between government and institutions halted, two sides may meet on Wednesday
  • [02] Pilot program to allow fixed presence of Greek lawyers in two refugee centers
  • [03] Train and suburban railway employees to strike on Easter weekend

  • [01] Talks between government and institutions halted, two sides may meet on Wednesday

    Negotiations between the government's economic team and the representatives of the institutions were halted on Tuesday after just half an hour of talks, as the quartet said they wanted to consult among themselves and with their political supervisors, Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos said.

    Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the minister said a new meeting may take place on Wednesday, adding that it is not certain if an emergency Eurogroup will be held on Thursday. He also said the Greek side will not accept specific measures to be included in the package of contingent measures totaling 3.6 billion euros which the institutions are requesting, noting that "this proposal has been rejected." He said however that the IMF may insist on spelling out concrete measures.

    According to government sources, the two sides discussed the establishment of a mechanism that would ensure Greece takes these extra measures if there are deviations from the targets on primary surplus.

    Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Choiliarakis and the head of the prime minister's office, Dimitris Tzanakopoulos also participated in the meeting.

    [02] Pilot program to allow fixed presence of Greek lawyers in two refugee centers

    Migration Minister Yiannis Mouzalas agreed to allow the fixed presence of lawyers in two refugee hospitality centers in Eleonas, Attica, and in Moria, Lesvos, following a meeting with the head of the Athens Bar Association, Vasilis Alexandris, on Tuesday.

    The program will be launched tentatively under the responsibility of the Bar's committee for refugees and migrants issues, headed by Panagiotis Perakis, who also participated in the meeting. The ministry said the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) has also expressed an interest in offering legal aid to refugees in Moria.

    Mouzalas also briefed the representatives on the current situation in the centers, the problems facing the government, while the association presented their proposals on the refugee issue.

    Before the meeting, members of the association visited the refugee centers in Ellinikon, Eleonas, Piraeus, Skaramangas, and outside Attica, in the city of Patras and the island of Rhodes, where they offered refugees a basic briefing on their rights and the current legal framework.

    [03] Train and suburban railway employees to strike on Easter weekend

    Trains and the suburban railway will halt services from Orthodox Holy Saturday afternoon until Easter Monday morning, following a strike called by employees in the Railway Organization of Greece (OSE).

    According to a press release, employees are demanding that the government drops its plan to privatize railway network operator TRAINOSE and hires more train drivers.

    The strike will take effect at 18.00 on Saturday (April 30) and will end at 10.00 on Monday (May 2). Metro services to and from the airport will not be affected by the strike.


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