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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-12-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Tsipras to meet German Chancellor Merkel on Friday
  • [02] FinMinTsakalotos calls on for social balance in Greece's reform process
  • [03] "One City. Never Ending Stories" campaign to promote Athens all-year-round

  • [01] PM Tsipras to meet German Chancellor Merkel on Friday

    The Greek government is content over the results of the EU summit on December 15. The eyes are now turned to the meeting of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday.

    The prime minister is expected to raise the issue of the impact of the relief measures he announced for low pensioners and the habitats of the Aegean islands hit by the refugee crisis. "The misunderstanding must be solved," Tsipras will tell Merkel and he will stress that the economic programme will not be at risk by the measures announced. The Greek prime minister will underline the consistency of the country and will ask the other side to also show consistency on the issue of the debt relief.

    Tsipras will explain that the current situation does not leave room for experiments: the war at Syria, the Cyprus issue, the European economy that has not yet stabilised and the imminent elections in many European countries (Germany, France, Holland). Therefore, the Greek programme review must be concluded now, Tsipras will stress.

    [02] FinMinTsakalotos calls on for social balance in Greece's reform process

    Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos and Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou, who were addressing a conference in Berlin on Thursday, spoke of Greece's economic and social situation and the discussions of the Greek government with the international creditors.

    The Greek Finance Minister said he was disappointed by Greece's creditors and called on for social balance in the reform process of the country. Tsakalotos referred to the great progress made in the implementation of the current programme. The Greek government, he said, has a "clear plan" for the recapitalization of banks and has implemented a number of reforms provided for in the agreement of summer 2015.

    The prosperity of Greece and Europe depends on the participation of vulnerable social groups in the development, otherwise our continent will face "great difficulties, Tsakalotos underlined.

    The Finance Minister reiterated that there should be a balance between the interests of creditors and those of the Greek people, who have made a lot of sacrifices in the past six to seven years. Referring to the Christmas bonus to 1.6 million pensioners, as well as the postponement of the VAT increase on certain islands of the eastern Aegean, he criticized by some EU countries. As he said, given the progress made regarding the reforms, Europe must give the Greek government the opportunity to take such measures.

    [03] "One City. Never Ending Stories" campaign to promote Athens all-year-round

    Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis announced the Athens Tourism Partnership (ATP), an initiative for tourism promotion in Athens. The City of Athens, AEGEAN and the Athens International Airport (AIA) unite for the first time their forces having a common objective: promoting Athens as a modern cultural centre and attractive tourist destination throughout the year.

    The first result of this collaboration is a new, vibrant and dynamic campaign entitled "One City. Never Ending Stories" aiming at showcasing the Athenian experience. The campaign focuses on promoting Athens as a city that offers countless options. A city full of stories, pictures and experiences that are presented in a modern, lively and dynamic way. The main video campaign captures perfectly the many, known and unknown, different aspects of Athens: in just one minute, 51 images of the city unfold before us. 51 experiential moments of a city that has something unique to offer all year round.


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