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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-08-26

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Tsakalotos to meet Moscovici on Monday in preparation for Eurogroup
  • [02] Mitsotakis: Gov't hasn't implemented agreed measures on tackling the refugee issue
  • [03] 4.1 magnitude earthquake strikes in sea area off Evia
  • [04] Top court dismisses requests for suspension on TV licensing tender

  • [01] Tsakalotos to meet Moscovici on Monday in preparation for Eurogroup

    The ministers of finance and economy will meet with Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici in Brussels on Monday, to prepare for the Eurogroup meeting on September 9.

    The meeting of Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos, Economy Minister Giorgos Stathakis and Alternate Finance Minister Giorgos Chouliarakis is scheduled for noon. On the same day, the Eurogroup Working Group will also hold its first meeting after the summer.

    [02] Mitsotakis: Gov't hasn't implemented agreed measures on tackling the refugee issue

    The government has failed to implement measures agreed by all parties six months ago to tackle the refugee crisis, New Democracy leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis told European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos, during a meeting at the party's new offices on Friday.

    "I'm referring to the separation between refugees and economic migrants. The need to create pre-departure centers for the return of economic migrants to their countries of origin. I'm referring to the need to finally have a central planning for an organized and systematic distribution of refugees and economic migrants throughout the national territory," Mitsotakis said.

    "I'm sorry to find that on many of the issues on which there seemed to be an agreement with the government, we have not seen the necessary progress."

    On his side, Avramopoulos noted that Greece is under great pressure to tackle the issue. "The refugee issue and issues of security that dominate our wider geopolitical area render Greece a main pillar of stability in the wider region. This comparative advantage must be utilized by Greece in these difficult and pressing times," he said.

    The Commissioner also said he was pleased that in Greece despite public statements made from time to time, there is "a common understanding on how the refugee issue and security have to be tackled."

    [03] 4.1 magnitude earthquake strikes in sea area off Evia

    An earthquake measuring 4.1 on Richter scale shook the sea area between Evia and Skyros on Friday afternoon, according to the Athens Institute of Geodynamics.

    The jolt, which was recorded at a depth of five kilometers, was felt on both islands as well as in Athens, 90 kilometers away from the epicenter.

    [04] Top court dismisses requests for suspension on TV licensing tender

    The Council of State rejected on Friday the requests of seven TV networks for a temporary suspension of a television license tender called by the government, which will auction off four nationwide broadcasting rights.

    The court also said that it will discuss separate requests submitted by the same TV stations on the procedure on September 16. Seven broadcasters have been pre-selected to continue in the tender which is scheduled to start next week.


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