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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-03-20

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  • [01] 8th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival ends
  • [02] PM, minister discuss crucial OA issue

  • [01] 8th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival ends

    The 8th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival came to an end on Sunday, with the International Cinema Critics Union (FIPRESCI) selecting the film by American James Longley, "Iraq in Fragments", and the Greek-language documentary "Yiannis Moralis", by Stelios Haralambopoulos, for the two major prizes awarded.

    The spectators' awards, funded by the state-run ERT-3 TV channel, included:

    - For a Greek production exceeding 45 minutes: A film by Kimon Tsakiris "Sugar Town - The grooms".

    - For a foreign production exceeding 45 minutes: The US film "18 kilos of love" by Dani Menkin.

    Caption: Macedonia-Thrace Minister George Kalantzis addresses an audience Sunday evening during the documentary awards ceremony in Thessaloniki. ANA-MPA / N. Arvanitidis.

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    [02] PM, minister discuss crucial OA issue

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Monday received Transport Minister Mihalis Liapis at his office for talks focusing directly on the issue of debt-ridden national carrier Olympic Airways (OA) as well as implementation of recent legislation aimed at reforming several state-run utilities and enterprises (DEKO) under the transport ministry's jurisdiction.

    Afterwards, Liapis told reporters that the government is again considering the creation of a new company for beleaguered OA, a new company able to operate under private sector criteria and management. He added that a draft proposal will soon be tabled with the European Commission.

    The European Court of Justice in February 2005 ruled that Greece had not taken all measures necessary to secure repayment of aid granted to Olympic Airways over several years in the 1990s, while also noting that such aid was incompatible with the common market -- a ruling that concluded a case brought by the European Commission against Athens. The ruling subsequently added urgency to efforts by the new Karamanlis government to end years of loss-making performances by the bloated national carrier.

    The case stemmed from a European Commission decision in 1998 approving aid granted by a PASOK government under Costas Simitis for OA's restructuring between 1998-2002.

    In 2002 the Commission initiated a further procedure on grounds that the restructuring plan had been applied and that certain conditions envisaged in the decision approving the aid had not been met. As the information supplied by Greece was judged as inadequate, the Commission then pointed to an infringement, claiming, furthermore, that more aid being pumped into the state-run airline company.

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