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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-03-13

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  • [01] Greek PM confers with Public Works Minister
  • [02] Papariga calls for united front against pensions reform
  • [03] Bank robber killed, one person injured in hold-up

  • [01] Greek PM confers with Public Works Minister

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Monday met with Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias and was briefed over ministry issues.

    Speaking to reporters, after the meeting, Souflias said a draft bill to create a land register in the country would be submitted to parliament by the end of the week, or early next week at the latest. The Greek minister also announced that the ministry would submit to parliament a draft legislation on building permits.

    Souflias underlined that there were irregularities and breach of law cases that justified a legal case against the former chief executive of the Land Register and reminded that Greece was forced to return all the money taken from the EU for the project.

    Souflias defended the government's work so far saying "many things have been made, there is enough work but more has to be done". The minister said the government would proceed with a constitutional review effort while he rejected PASOK leader, George Papandreou's criticism to the Prime Minister saying the main opposition party's policy was "returning the country many years back" while it did not contribute to the creation of a positive political climate in the country.

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    [02] Papariga calls for united front against pensions reform

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) General Secretary Aleka Papariga called on all employees and pensioners to form a united front against changes to the social insurance system planned by the government, during a press conference on the issue held on Monday.

    She warned that ruling New Democracy planned to pass measures that would be against the interests of the insured and would benefit private insurance firms and the private health sector.

    Papariga called on people to "turn their backs on the cock-fight" between the two main parties over the social insurance system, since both parties served and implemented policies dictated by the European Union.

    She also blamed the largest trade unions, the General Confederation of Employees of Greece (GSEE) and the civil servants union ADEDY, of misleading workers into thinking that the war had been won with the withdrawal of the Yiannitsis bill for pension reform, allowing PASOK's government to pass the subsequent Reppas law.

    "Today, with a firm footing on the pedestal of PASOK's anti-insurance laws, ND comes to deal a powerful, almost final blow against all age groups, all workers," she added.

    Papariga claimed that workers should refuse any part in the so-called "relaxed social dialogue" that was now beginning and should completely reject all arguments and "terrorist dilemmas" that were presented to them.

    She said tha KKE's goals were a public social insurance system, retirement for women at 55 and retirement for men at 60, abolition of private business activity in the health sector and full coverage of health needs with funds from the state budget.

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    [03] Bank robber killed, one person injured in hold-up

    A bank robber was killed and one person was injured during a bank hold-up in the residential district of Patissia on Monday, while a second bank robbers was arrested by police.

    The two gunmen entered an Alpha Bank branch on Acharnon street at noon, grabbed an unknown sum of money, but opened fire, resulting in the injury of one person.

    The gumen ran into a policeman, who was in the vicinity, as they fled the bank. The police officer chased the two bank robbers, calling for them to surrender. The bank robbers opened fire on the officer during the chase, and the policeman returned the fire, resulting in the fatal injury of one of the two gunmen, while the second gunman was apprehended.

    A preliminary investigation was underway.

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