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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-03-01

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

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  • [01] Parl't ratifies amendment on cremation of the dead
  • [02] Economy grew 3.7 pct in 4th quarter 2005,

  • [01] Parl't ratifies amendment on cremation of the dead

    Parliament ratified an amendment on Wednesday that allows, for the first time in Greece, the cremation of the dead.

    The amendment was voted for by the New Democracy, PASOK and Coalition of the Left parties, whose deputies had submitted it for ratification.

    The arrangement refers to a Presidential Decree on determining places for the creation of cremation centres with the consent of municipalities and communities, while Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos said that "all guarantees will be provided so that freedom that is now being offered will not become an object of exploitation."

    The amendment's rapporteur, New Democracy party Deputy Nikos Georgiadis, pointed out that "cremation concerns people whose religious beliefs permit it, as well as people who consciously choose to deviate from the traditional form of burial in Greece and the traditional order of the Church."

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    [02] Economy grew 3.7 pct in 4th quarter 2005,

    The Greek economy grew by 3.7 percent in the fourth quarter of 2005, compared with the corresponding period in 2004, the National Statistics Service said on Wednesday.

    NSS, in its report, said the 3.7 percent increase in the country's Gross Domestic Product in the October-December period reflected, mainly, a 2.6 pct rise in final demand in the economy. Investments rose slightly, 0.1 percent, in the fourth quarter of 2005, compared with the same period in 2004.

    Greek exports rose 2.3 percent in the final quarter of 2005, while imports rose 0.7 percent over the same period.

    Spending on final consumption grew 3.6 pct, the statistics service said.

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