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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-08-07

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Anna Korakaki wins first medal for Greece in Rio Olympics
  • [02] Energy Minister Skourletis against selling of 17pct of PPC
  • [03] Dep. Interior Min Balafas: Elections in the autumn of 2019

  • [01] Anna Korakaki wins first medal for Greece in Rio Olympics

    Greek athlete Anna Korakaki won the first medal for Greece in the Olympic Games in Rio. Korakaki took the bronze medal at the 10m air pistol final and the first for Greece in the Olympic shooting competition since 1920 when the Greek national team won the silver medal in Antwerp.

    [02] Energy Minister Skourletis against selling of 17pct of PPC

    Energy Minister Panos Skourletis stated clearly that he is against the selling of 17 pct of PPC (Public Power Corporation) adding that this is also the government's position, in an interview with Real News Sunday newspaper.

    Referring to the amendment that reduced the transit fee of the natural gas and speculations on the withdrawal of Socar, Skourletis clarified that "the TAP pipeline is constructed rapidly and everything indicates that the Greek part will be the first that will be ready. He also noted that regarding Hellenic Gas Transmission Operator (DESFA) privatisation it is up to the Azeris to decide what they want and can do.

    With this amendment, explains Skourletis we avoided the increase of the user charges by 68 percent and we protected the domestic production and the households. "If the tender fails then all scenarios are open. Every cloud has a silver lining" he said.

    At a question if the apparent rapprochement between Russia and Turkey will bring the South Stream pipeline on stage again, Skourletis noted that "its construction is not against the European strategies. We are positive on the prospect of its construction".

    He called a political success for the government the implementation of the plan for the new Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) because as he said "guarantees the power network's public character. It is a model that we must also implement in other sectors".

    [03] Dep. Interior Min Balafas: Elections in the autumn of 2019

    We are very sorry to make them sad but general elections will be held in autumn 2019, stated Deputy Interior Minister Yiannis Balafas to an interview with AMNA on Sunday.

    Balafas noted that "the cash flow do not worry the government" adding that "the state revenues in July exceed the target, approximately by 105 million euros" he said underlining that as stated Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos "there will be no additional measures".

    Referring to his ministry's priorities Balafas said that "the proposal is the new reform to seek an essential improvement in the offered services".

    On the occupation of public buildings, he said that "it is something very usual throughout Europe.


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