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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-03

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  • [01] PM visits Manpower Employment Organisation
  • [02] ND: Gov't must boost employment
  • [03] Woman wanted in Italy arrested in Thessaloniki
  • [04] Alt. FM on Greek-Turkish relations
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM visits Manpower Employment Organisation

    Prime Minister George Papandreou, during a visit on Wednesday to the state's Manpower Employment Organisation (OAED), said that in a period of economic crisis it is of major importance to stand at the citizen's side, adding that his government is doing so by subsidising labour and the social security contributions, and also with new programmes to boost women's entrepreneurship especially in new sectors such as green growth, thus also supporting social cohesion.

    Labour and Social security Minister Andreas Loverdos, who accompanied Papandreou on his visit to the OAED branch in the working class district of Peristeri, said that the government is subsidising 120,000 job positions which will open up next week.

    [02] ND: Gov't must boost employment

    Main opposition New Democracy spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos on Wednesday said that a visit by Prime Minister George Papandreou to Greece's unemployment agency OAED was simply a communications ploy so that he could be seen caring about jobs on television, while the measures he announced for battling unemployment would bring no practical result.

    "After five and a half months of having done nothing to promote employment, to protect jobs and to fight unemployment, he is today and purely for television consumption implementing the new communications plan of visiting OAED," the spokesman told reporters.

    "If the government wants to carry out effective measures to promote employment and strike at unemployment there is the proposal by [ND Leader Antonis Samaras] to give developmental relief to small and middle-sized businesses and thus protect jobs and boost employment," he stressed.

    [03] Woman wanted in Italy arrested in Thessaloniki

    A 58 years-old Albanian woman wanted by Italian authorities on drug smuggling charges was arrested on Saturday in Thessaloniki, northern Greece. The suspect will be sent before a Thessaloniki prosecutor in order to start extradition proceedings

    [04] Alt. FM on Greek-Turkish relations

    ANA-MPA/Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas, quoted during an interview for a Sunday newspaper, stressed on Saturday that "we are working to give Greece the position it deserves, therefore, a major priority towards this effort is relations with Turkey."

    "Ecalating Turkish provocations do not faze us. But we must be ready for any possibility ... We want to believe in Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's positive messages. Now is the right time to show that he means them, with actions," Droutsas, who is due to visit Ankara next week, said.

    Turning to another issue, Droutsas said the "North Macedonia" option falls within the framework of a solution Athens desires for the fYRoM "name issue".

    His comments were carried by the Athens weekly "Real News".

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The economy, looming changes in the tax system and long-standing problems dealing with tax evasion and social security reforms mostly dominated the headlines on Saturday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Kallikratis (local administration reforms and mergers) plan at risk". APOGEVMATINI: "Up to 30 percent cuts in pensions". AVGHI: "The passion (of tax, income cuts) will continue after Easter". AVRIANI: "All the changes in pensions and taxation". CHORA: "Government's measures freeze market - Dramatic SOS by thousands of enterprises". ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Undercover police for tax evaders". ETHNOS : "Interior Ministry to announce Kallikratis plan during Easter". KATHIMERINI: "Auditors to supervise all expenses in all ministries". LOGOS: "Government in a rush to catch up with developments". NIKI: "Terror prevails in ruling party PASOK and main opposition New Democracy over changes Kallikratis plan will bring". PROTO THEMA: "Tax bureau opening bank accounts for tax evasion". RIZOSPASTIS: "Response to people's tax looting with demonstrations on April 8". TO PARON: "Opinion poll: "Hey, George (Papandreou, the prime minister) we 'lost' in Brussels". TO VIMA: "Finance Ministry opens war on 1.251 owners of offshore companies - 15 percent tax penalty every year". ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Government recourse to IMF in May". VETO: "George prepares prison cells - He's decided to send even ministers to jail". VRADYNI: "The new regulations in social security - Which is the best time to retire".

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