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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-13

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  • [01] Papandreou addresses 12th Symi Symposium
  • [02] OSE work stoppages Monday
  • [03] SYN Standing Congress in Sept.

  • [01] Papandreou addresses 12th Symi Symposium

    Greek men and women were currently experiencing a major national crisis, main opposition PASOK President George Papandreou stressed on Sunday as he opened the 12th Symi Symposium taking place on the Aegean island of Skiathos.

    According to Papandreou, this crisis was economic, a crisis of institutions and values but also a crisis in major foreign policy issues concerning Greece.

    Greek society was going through a time of great insecurity that the government appeared unable to cope with, since it lacked a plan and the necessary will and courage, he added.

    Concerning the latest revelations concerning organised crime, Papandreou said that the developments were "surprising" and referred to an increase in corruption and crime to levels that had created a massive crisis for society.

    PASOK's leader attributed the problems to the concentration of wealth in the hands of a very few people that also controlled the mass media.

    He stressed that PASOK was ready to make radical changes, while not losing sight of its responsibilities.

    Papandreou noted that the Symi Symposium provided an opportunity for discussion with people that had knowledge of similar problems and wanted to assist PASOK's effort to bring about a change in course. He ended by saying that in PASOK "we know and are ready to change course".

    [02] OSE work stoppages Monday

    Problems are anticipated on Monday in the Hellenic Railways (OSE) network for passengers due to rolling three-hour work stoppages called by the Panhellenic Federation of Rail Workers (POS).

    No domestic OSE itineraries of passenger or merchant trains will be carried out on Monday, while only the international routes will be operating normally, according to an announcement.

    As for the Suburban railway (Proastiako), only five routes on the Piraeus-Kiato-Piraeus itinerary will be carried out, while there will also be reduced number of Proastiako routes on the Liossion-Airport line.

    [03] SYN Standing Congress in Sept.

    The Central Political Committee of the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (SYN) party on Sunday approved a proposal by SYN leader Alexis Tsipras to hold a Standing Congress in mid-September. This is to work on SYN's proposal to the Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) alliance for a pre-election platform for the upcoming general elections, as well as discussing the re-election of the party's political secretariat.

    An announcement issued shortly after a two-day meeting of the CPC said the body had by a large majority approved a text assessing the results of the European Parliament elections, SYN's policy platform and the party's envisaged course in the run-up to the general elections.

    It also elected Dimitris Vitsas as the new SYN Central Political Committee Secretary by 83 votes for and 31 blank votes.

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