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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-11

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  • [01] Eurogroup finalises 30 bln euro safety net
  • [02] Rupel battle commemorated
  • [03] 6 arrests in terrorism sweep
  • [04] CoS ruling on univ. recognitions
  • [05] PAO wins football title

  • [01] Eurogroup finalises 30 bln euro safety net

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- Eurozone member countries on Sunday agreed to a 30 billion-euro borrowing scheme for Greece for one year, if required, Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker and European Commissioner for Economic and Monetary affairs Olli Rehn announced on Sunday afternoon, following an urgent teleconference of eurozone finance ministers on the Greek economy.

    The lending interest rate will be around 5.0 percent, and all eurozone countries will participate in the financial safety net, which can be swiftly activated if needed. Participation by the IMF is also envisioned, at roughly one-third of the lending, and at a lower interest rate, according to reports. (ANA-MPA)


    In an ANA-MPA dispatch from Nicosia, Prime Minister George Papandreou said the decision of March 25 by the Eurogroup was materialised into a specific form on Sunday. (ANA-MPA)

    Today, European solidarity turned into substance," Papandreou said from Nicosia, where he arrived for an official visit to the Republic of Cyprus. (ANA-MPA)

    "With today's decision Europe is sending a clear message, namely, that no one can now play with our common currency; no one can play with our common destiny; the EU is and will remain a community of common values, goals and solidarity," he added. (ANA-MPA)

    "It is now necessary to continue with a serious and determined plan, in every sector of our policy in order to have the results we want for our citizens and Greece," he concluded. (ANA-MPA)

    [02] Rupel battle commemorated

    The 69th anniversary of the battle of the Fort Rupel battle was commemorated on Sunday with a memorial service for the officers and servicemen that fell in battle during the German military invasion of the frontier.

    [03] 6 arrests in terrorism sweep

    (ANA-MPA) -- Counter-terrorism police investigators on Sunday arrested six people allegedly belonging to the "Revolutionary Struggle" ultra-leftist terrorist group, after first detaining them for questioning during a handful of house raids on Saturday. (ANA-MPA)

    A police spokesman said the six -- identified as Nikolaos Maziotis (39 years old), his wife Panagiota Roupa (41), Evangelos Stathopoulos (32), Christoforos Kortesis (31), Sarantos Nikitopoulos (32) and Constantinos Gournas (30) -- will be referred to a prosecutor on charges of participation in a terrorist organisation, based on evidence collected in the ongoing investigation. (ANA-MPA)

    [04] CoS ruling on univ. recognitions

    (มอม-MPA) -- The Council of State (CoS) on Friday ruled that a ministry of education draft presidential decree that harmonises Greek law with EU Directive 2005/36/EC -- adopted on Sept. 7, 2005 -- on the recognition of professional qualifications is legal and legitimate.

    Based on the CoS decision (No 42/2010), the ratification of relevant European directives opens the way for the recognition of professional diplomas issued by private colleges that operate as franchises of universities based in other European countries. (มอม-MPA)

    The draft presidential decree harmonises Greek law to Directives 2005/36/EC and 2006/100/EC on the recognition of professional qualifications, which Greece had to ratify back in 2007. (มอม-MPA)

    [05] PAO wins football title

    (ANA-MPA) -- Panathinaikos Athens (PAO) mathematically clinched its 20th Greek first division championship on Sunday by downing a feisty Iraklis Thessaloniki club 2-0 at the Athens Olympic Stadium. Panathinaikos won the Greek football title on the next to last week of play.

    In other action:

    Asteras Tripolis-Aris Thessaloniki 2-1

    Ergotelis Crete-PAS Yiannina 3-1

    Levadiakos-AEK Athens 0-0

    Panionios Athens-Larissa 0-3

    PAOK Thessaloniki-Kavala- 1-0

    Panthrakikos-Olympiacos Piraeus 0-2

    Xanthi-Atromitos Athens 2-1

    Standings after 29 weeks of play:

    1. Panathinaikos 67 points (2009-10 Champions)

    2. Olympiacos 61

    3. PAOK 59

    4. AEK 50

    5. Aris 46

    6. Kavala 38

    7. Iraklis 37


    9. Panionios 36



    12. Atromitos 35

    13. Xanthi 32

    14. Levadiakos 31

    15. PAS Yiannina 28 -- relegated

    16. Panthrakikos 12 -- relegated

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