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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 08-02-16

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>

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  • [01] Fuel Smuggling Case Uncovered
  • [02] Final Touches on Social Security System

  • [01] Fuel Smuggling Case Uncovered

    16 Feb 2008 18:37:00

    Sources: , NA-PA

    The police have uncovered a ring smuggling fuels in Aspropyrgos, western Attica.

    On Friday evening, they discovered a fuel depot that belonged to a 39-year-old petrol station in which the culprits were siphoning fuels from fuel trucks to barrels and smaller fuel trucks. The petrol came from deficient deliveries to homes.

    The police arrested three employees of the depot and two drivers, while two big fuel trucks with 25,650 litres of petrol and three ones with 7,700 litres were confiscated. The police also confiscated 27 barrels of a 200-litre-capacity each and 56 tanks of a 20-litre-capacity each.

    One of the fuel trucks carried the number plates of another vehicle and the other one fake ones.

    The owner of the petrol station is wanted.

    Translated by John Crystallidis

    [02] Final Touches on Social Security System

    16 Feb 2008 18:31:00

    Sources: NET

    The government is hammering out the final form of the Social Security bill described in Parliament by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis on Friday. Employment Minister Fani Palli-Petralia is responsible for the final touches on retirement ages, the prevention of early retirement and measures on working women who are at the early stage of motherhood. Instead of early retirement, working mothers will be able to choose between taking a 12 to 24-month leave with a food allowance for their children, be insured or enjoy a six-year dummy insurance when they have three children.

    The special retirement ages for some sectors will be gradually follow the general trend, that is 60 for women ands 65 for men, while changes in special retirement ages will not affect the insureds rights. As a result they will receive full pension by 2013.

    The main change of the new bill will be a smaller number of Social Security Funds. Out of the present 155 Funds 133 will merge.

    A Social Solidarity Fund will be founded that will begin bearing fruit as of 2019. 10% of the capital will come from privatisations, 4% from VAT and 10% from social resources.

    The social partners will be provided with the bill for further remarks or improvements.

    Translated by John Crystallidis


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