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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-06-24

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  • [01] Framework agreement of 3-party coalition gov't unveiled
  • [02] Samaras won't attend EU summit
  • [03] Mini heat wave over the weekend

  • [01] Framework agreement of 3-party coalition gov't unveiled

    AMNA / An agreement among the three parties that formed the new coalition government (New Democracy, PASOK and Democratic Left) was publicised on Saturday. The agreement foresees a full term (four years) and focuses on five points, especially one over a renegotiation of the Memorandum and the loan agreements.

    Additionally, an emphasis will be given to social protection and policies negatively linked with the Memorandum. along with immediate economic priorities, a reference to immediately jump-starting growth.

    The three parties cited the need for changes in the country's political system and the massive public administration sector, along with measures for the citizens' safety, combating illegal migration and foreign policy issues. Regarding a review of the loan and bailout agreements, the main aim is for an extension of the fiscal adjustment period for two years at least, re-institution of labour collective contracts and restoration of injustices against low pensioners. Additionally, the agreement foresees relief measures for debt-swamped taxpayers, extension of the unemployment benefit for a second year and a gradual increase of the taxable income ceiling. The agreement also refers to a change in the extraordinary tax property measure with another permanent and uniform tax, with efforts to convince creditors that lay-offs are not needed in the public sector. Regarding economic priorities, the three parties foresee a new taxation system, abolition and merger of state organisations and entities without layoffs as well as privatisations and greater efforts to combat corruption and waste.

    Finally, declaration of an Exclusive Economic Zone in Greek waters is among the top priorities of the three-party agreement .

    [02] Samaras won't attend EU summit

    AMNA / New Prime Minister Antonis Samaras will not attend this Thursday's EU summit in Brussels, as attending physicians advised the Greek leader not to travel for a few days after his serious eye operation. The country will be represented by Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos, who will head up the Greek delegation, as well as outgoing Finance Minister George Zannis and at least two other recently sworn-in ministers. A medical bulletin issued at the west Athens hospital where Samaras successfully underwent an operation to reattach the partially detached retina in his left eye, emphasised that the medical team judged that the Greek premier should avoid travel in the coming week, while recommending a week of rest.amna

    [03] Mini heat wave over the weekend

    AMNA / Very high temperatures prevail in the weekend throughout the country. The thermometer will reach in some areas 39C. According to National Weather Service, in the regions of Macedonia and Thrace the temperatures will reach 38C, in Western Macedonia however it will 3-4 degrees lower. On the Ionian islands, Epirus and the western parts of the country as well as in Thessaly the thermometer will show 39C. A light breeze over the island of the Dodecanese and the Eastern Aegean will drop the temperature to 35C. Northerly winds will prevail all over the country and will reach 6 on the Beaufort scale. In Athens the wind will not allow the temperature to exceed 33C. Residents of Crete and the Aegean islands will be the privileged ones due to the fact the higher temperature will be 30C.
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