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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-05

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  • [01] Gov't mulling no suspended sentences for tax evasion
  • [02] Ambitious expansion of Piraeus port passenger harbor
  • [03] Ski resorts may open before Christmas

  • [01] Gov't mulling no suspended sentences for tax evasion

    AMNA--The Greek government is examining the prospect of prohibiting the suspension of sentences in convictions for tax evasion, which means that those convicted for tax dodging will be imprisoned, as is the case in the US, Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras told President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday.

    He said that the move is being examined by the Finance Ministry in cooperation with the Justice Ministry, with Papoulias pointing out that he has called for tax evasion to be designated as an aggravated offence.amna

    Papoulias said that tax evasion is a "plague", while Stournaras pledged that when the Ministry was finished with all the outstanding details on the tranche of the EU/IMF bailout loan, the disbursement of which was recently approved by the Eurogroup, all its efforts would turn to clamping down on tax evasion.

    Papoulias asked the minister to also look into the issue of low-income families in the new tax bill being drafted.amna

    He also asked what would happen now with the resignation of "phil-Hellene" Eurogroup president Jean-Claude Juncker, who recently announced his decision to step down from the Eurogroup presidency by end-2012 or early 2013.

    [02] Ambitious expansion of Piraeus port passenger harbor

    AMNA--An ambitious project to expand the passenger harbor on the southern side of the port of Piraeus that will be able to serve the largest cruiseships in the world has been given the go-ahead by the Central Archaeological Council (KAS).

    The KAS approved a relevant environmental impact study by the Piraeus Port Authority (OLP) on Wednesday, after a stringent review of the project's effects on the Wall of Konon and the Tomb of Themistocles, which will be adjacent to the planned piers.

    The KAS approved the project by majority decision, as some members of the Council expressed concern over the magnitude of the works and fear that they could 'vanish' the Tomb.amna

    A car parking space will also be created in the environs of the new piers.

    [03] Ski resorts may open before Christmas

    AMNA--The first snow has fallen in Greece's ski resorts and in some cases the level of snow on the slopes is so high that the resorts' authorities are extremely satisfied, given that the winter has come earlier this year and in the best way.

    According to the Weather Service the snowfall is expected to continue, bringing with it the possibility that the ski resorts will open in the next ten days.amna

    "If snow continues to fall the pistes will be ready and we can welcome our first skiers before Christmas," the president of Ski Resorts Union of Greece and manager of the 3-5 Pigadia ski resort in Naoussa, Christos Pappas, told AMNA.

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