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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-12

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  • [01] Cabinet to discuss transports bill
  • [02] Joint Greece-Israel Ministerial Council
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Cabinet to discuss transports bill

    The bill on restructuring public transports will be discussed by the Cabinet during a meeting on Wednesday chaired by prime minister George Papandreou.

    Also on the agenda are an EU directive on a strategy for protection and management of marine waters, and measures being advanced to cut down the time elapsing between retirement and commencement of pension payments, which currently takes up to three years.

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    [02] Joint Greece-Israel Ministerial Council

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek prime minister George Papandreou had a telephone discussion Tuesday night with his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu, during which they agreed to set up a joint Greece-Israel ministerial council and also discussed the next steps in the procedure of enhancing their bilateral ties that was commenced last summer.

    The ministerial council, which will be chaired by the two prime ministers, will comprise ministers from both countries, for the purpose of boosting Greece-Israel cooperation in specific sectors. (ANA-MPA)

    The first meeting of this new inter-state body is planned sometime in the next two months, and has been assigned by the prime ministers to their respective foreign ministers, Dimitris Droutsas of Greece and Avigdor Lieberman of Israel, who begins a two-day visit to Athens on Wednesday. (ANA-MPA)

    Lieberman's visit is in reciprocation of a visit by Droutsas to Israel last October. (ANA-MPA)

    The two ministers will meet at 13:30 on Wednesday and are expected to review bilateral cooperation, as a continuation of the agreement they had signed for the deregulation of charter flights and the agreement on cooperation and exchanges between the two countries' diplomatic academies. (ANA-MPA)

    The Israeli official is also expected to discuss energy cooperation issues, as well as regional issues, with Iran and the Middle East issue as the focus, in planned meetings with President Karolos Papoulias, Prime Minister George Papandreou and Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Economic issues and a WikiLeaks publication of classified cables from the US embassy in Greece mostly dominated the front pages in Athens' dailies on Wednesday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Dora (independent MP Bakoyannis, former ND minister and leader of the new Democratic Alliance party) calls for parliamentary fact-finding commission on overpricing of medical examinations, materials and medicines in state hospitals".

    AVGHI: "They're putting private concerns in the buses -Bill on public transport to be presented to Cabinet today, limiting existing routes and making way for private exploitation of routes in wider Athens area, with increase in ticket prices as bonus".

    AVRIANI: " 'Deep throat' fingers politicians with secret accounts in banks abroad and property assets in names of 'surrogates'."

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Chryssohoidis a 'deep throat' for the Americans - US has full knowledge of condition in Greek police, services of strategic importance to our country's security, and their structure and mode of operation".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "When the minister was a stool pigeon for the US - Citizens' Protection minister Michalis Chryssohoidis' meeting with (then) US ambassador Daniel Speckhard on January 22, 2010, ended with a blatant bashing of the Greek secret service and a 'yes' to setting up a joint Greek-American counter-terrorism task force".

    ESTIA: "Society rejects the changes".

    ETHNOS: "Shock recommendation for 50 percent reduction of number of university entrants".

    IMERISSIA: "Eurobond on the horizon - Flurry in the EU for the crucial step".

    KATHIMERINI: "Radical restructuring of the National Health System (ESY)".

    LOGOS: "Need to fortify the financially weaker strata".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Plans for permanent solution to the eurozone debt".

    NIKI: "Debt restructuring on the threshold".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Strikers in public transport being sent to court".

    TA NEA: "WikiLeaks - The confidential documents of the US embassy".

    VRADYNI: "Government's plan for immediate payment of 'temporary pension' until issue of regular pension, the waiting time for which reaches up to three years, is trickery".

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