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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 10-09-01
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Intensifying Preparations in view of ITFWednesday, 01 September 2010 17:34
Political party staff are intensifying preparations in view of Thessaloniki International Fair and forthcoming local administration elections. Within the framework of ITF, Prime-minister George Papandreou in being briefed by representatives of productions and social sectors on Thursday while PASOK National Council, which will ratify candidacies for local elections, starts works on Friday.
Government spokesman, George Petalotis once again belied reshuffle scenarios, underlining that it is the Prime-minister's responsibility to appoint ministers.
Furthermore, Mr. Petalotis objected that there were any ministers who believed they were permanently positioned in a ministry. He also added that it is the Prime-minister's responsibility to select candidates for local administration elections.
Commenting ND spokesman P. Panagiotopoulos said: "The forthcoming government reshuffle is a tough crossword and ministers are trying to solve the crossword instead of the problems of the Greek people, paralyzing the work of the government".
People should no longer tolerate PASOK and ND mocking said GCP candidate for governor of Attica Region Thanasis Pafilis.
Sources: ═┼ď, ═┼ď 105.8, ┴NA-╠PA News item: 40237
 Psomiadis Comply with Samaras UltimatumWednesday, 01 September 2010 12:50
Panagiotis Psomiadis, candidate for governor of the region of Central Macedonia, announced his decision to comply with ND leader A. Samaras request to exclude his brother from his ballot. Mr. Psomiadis brother Dionisios was running for the post of deputy governor. On Tuesday, Mr. Samaras had warned to lift support to P. Psomiadis if he did not give in. Panagiotis Psomiadis attributed "Samaras ultimatum" to a misunderstanding. "Too much talk for nothing. Some appear more loyal than Samaras himself", P. Psomiadis said.
Panagiotis Psomiadis said he had proposed 3 names, among them his brother Dionisios Psomiadis, for the post of Thessaloniki deputy governor. After telephone contacts Mr. Samaras decided to nominate former Thessaloniki deputy A. Tzitzikostas to run for the post of deputy governor. Dionisios Psomiadis will run for regional advisor.
"I unite, do not divide, do not harm", said P. Psomiadis commenting on the above decision.
P. Psomiadis said he is to meet with Dora Bakoyianni in the next days to ask for her to support his candidacy.
Candidates for deputy governors in the 7 Central Macedonia prefectures in Psomiadis ballot are:
Halkidiki: George Ioannis, deputy prefect.
Kilkis: Gundenoudis Hristos, deputy prefect.
Pellas: Theodoridis Theodoros, prefecture advisor.
Himathia: Karapanagiotidis konstantinos, prefect.
Pieria: Mavridou Sofia, deputy prefect.
Serres: Moisiadis Konstantinos, Serres former mayor.
Thessaloniki: Tzitzikostas Apostolos, former deputy.
Source: ═┼ď - ┴NA-╠PA
News item: 40222
 "Stop╗ Smoking"Wednesday, 01 September 2010 12:12
Full smoking ban in all public places is in force in all public places from Wednesday, September, 1, 2010. The law provides for high fines to violators after a short transitional period. Special crews are carrying out inspections while smokers, who are called to change habits, have several reactions. Health Minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou spoke at a special event held at Zappeio Mansion.
In a special event at Zappeio, entitled "September, 1 we cut smoking, we gain life", Health Minister Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou among others said:
"It is a significant day for our country, it is a significant day for Greek society and public health. We have reached this point after many years efforts and we turn page today. This is a political decision but it needs people's support to succeed".
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News item: 40219
 ERT WORLD: Change of FrequenciesWednesday, 01 September 2010 11:59
State television ERT Administration Board has decided to make changes in ┼RTWORLD frequencies. New frequencies of free reception signal will be in force from 00.00 hours on Saturday, September, 4, 2010 and are the following:
┼RTWORLD free signal will be received from the following frequencies from 00:00 hours on Saturday, September, 4, 2010.
SATELLITE: NSS 806
FREQUENCY: 3630 MHZ
SYMBOL RATE: 3333
ASIA & AFRICA
SATELLITE: APSTAR2R (FORMER TELSTAR 10)
FREQUENCY: 3840 MHZ,
POLARITY: HORIZONTAL (C-BAND)
SYMBOL RATE: 27500
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
1. APSTAR2R (FORMER TELSTAR 10)
FREQUENCY: 3840 MHZ
POLARITY: HORIZONTAL (C-BAND)
SYMBOL RATE: 27500
2. OPTUS D2
FREQUENCY: 12608 MHZ
POLARITY: HORIZONTAL (KU BAND)
SYMBOL RATE: 22500
For further information you can communicate with the International Television Programs Department.
Telephone numbers: 210 6066889, 6065973, 6066660, 6066257 News item: 40217
 Some 4.000 Drugs Cheaper from MondayWednesday, 01 September 2010 12:42
Price of some 4.000 drugs will go down up to 60% as of Monday, September, 6. The Economics Ministry will release the new Medical Drugs Price List on Friday. The new Price List was based on a new system of price determination which brings an average drop nearing 20%. Minister for Economics Louka Katselis will announce the new Price List as well as a regulation providing for a specific ceiling on both rise and drop in prices. Mrs. Katselis underlined that the government materialized its commitment and predicted further drop in prices when Price List and electronic prescription comes into force.
New Price List
The new system is expected to save Funds over 1 billion euros on an annual base.
In an interview with state radio NET 105.8, the president of the Attica Pharmacists Association Kostas Lourantos spoke of correction in Price list with drops and rises in prices of drugs. He went on to say that drop in expenses for medical drugs would be only achieved with the implementation of electronic prescription.
Source: ═┼ď, ═┼ď 105.8, ┴NA-╠PA News item: 40220
 Five Work Groups to Combat Tax EvasionWednesday, 01 September 2010 08:28
The Finance Ministry is to set up 5 work groups to combat of tax evasion and achieve compliance to taxation regulations. This new structure is targeted at specific sectors where big losses from taxation revenues have been recorded. These groups will be allowed 18 months to complete their work which includes study, formulation, development and implementation of proposals.
The Five work Groups
1. Special Group to Implement Taxation Reform
Tasked to study, formulate, develop and implement of proposals for the timely and effective implementation of taxation reform provided by article #3842/2010.
2. Special Group to Collect Debts
Tasked to study, formulate, develop and monitor implementation of proposals for the collection of due debts to the State .
3. Special Group for Big Tax Payers
Tasked to study, formulate, develop and monitor implementation of proposals ensuring full taxation compliance of big tax payers (about 1.000 businesses).
4. Special Group for Big Properties and High Incomes
Tasked to study, formulate, develop and monitor implementation of proposals to combat tax evasion by high income earners and big property owners mainly free lance professionals.
5. Special Group for Collection of Retained Tax Revenues
Tasked to study, formulate, develop and monitor implementation of proposals for the timely submission of tax declaration and full payment of VAT
Source: ═┼ď 105.8
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News item: 40206