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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-19

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  • [01] Marine tourism emphasised by Shipping minister
  • [02] Public sector on strike Wednesday
  • [03] The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [04] Three Proton Bank scandal defendants remanded in custody

  • [01] Marine tourism emphasised by Shipping minister

    AMNA--Shipping and tourism can jointly and effectively support Greece's economy, opening up prospects for growth, as well as for marine tourism, Shipping and Aegean Minister Costis Mousouroulis told the audience in an event organized on Tuesday by the Shipping Chamber.

    He added that the government's second top bet was to jump-start the economy on healthy and solid foundations, based on growth and creation of new jobs. amna

    The policy on marine tourism focuses on three main targets, namely reactivation of economic activity in tourism, job creation in related sectors and regional development by invigorating local economies, Mousouroulis said, adding that such policy would be mapped out in cooperation with Tourism minister Olga Kefalogianni.

    [02] Public sector on strike Wednesday

    AMNA--The public sector in Greece was at a standstill on Wednesday, in a 24-hour strike called by the civil servants' umbrella federation ADEDY in protest over the measure of reserve labor. All municipal services will be closed, as the municipal employees' labor organization POE-OTA is participating in the 24-hour strike.

    The General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE), the umbrella federation for private sector employees, is participating in the action with a three-hour work-stoppage from noon to 15:00.amna

    A protest demonstration will be staged at 12:30 p.m. in downtown Athens' Klafthmonos Square, while the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) affiliated labor organization PAME will hold its own demonstration a half hour later in nearby Omonoia Square.

    The Athens Metro and ISAP urban trains held a stoppage early in the morning, from the beginning of the shift to 9:00 a.m., while the Proastiakos suburban train service and OSE Hellenic Railways will not be running Wednesday and Thursday.

    Further, the Athens Metro ISAP trains and tram will not be running on Thursday as their workers' unions have called a 24-hour strike in protest of their imminent incorporation into the single salary scale. amna

    Due to the 48-hour rail strike, the Athens Metro service on Wednesday and Thursday will not serve Athens International Airport (AIA) but will run only to the Doukissis Plakentias station, as the rest of the stretch to the airport belongs to OSE.amna

    Olympic Air announced cancellations and changes to its flights, as the civil aviation employees (OSYPA) are taking part in Wednesday's strike with a four-hour work-stoppage from noon to 16:00.

    Also, hospitals will be running with skeleton staffs as the union of Athens-Piraeus hospital doctors and the nationwide federation of state hospital employees are taking part in the 24-hour strike on Wednesday.

    [03] The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The initial agreement on the government's next steps reached during the leaders' meeting of the three parties supporting the coalition government on Tuesday, the pre-announcement of new increases in PPC electricity rates, the nationwide 24-hour strike in the public sector on Wednesday and the upgrade of Greece's credit rating by Standard & Poor's, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    AVGHI: "Former Brazilian President Lula: Way out with public sector in front".

    EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: "Municipal employees' layoffs in court".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "PPC bomb on households and enterprises".

    ESTIA: "They are destroying the economy".

    ETHNOS: "Intervention on government's irregularities".

    IMERISSIA: "Greece threatened with an energy crash".

    KATHIMERINI: "Agreement on the next steps".

    LOGOS: "Suicides a plague".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Standard & Poor's raises Greece's credit rating to B-".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "We demonstrate on Wednesday against the tax looting".

    TA NEA: "Four weddings and a funeral".

    6 DAYS: "PPC rates increase a provocation".

    [04] Three Proton Bank scandal defendants remanded in custody

    AMNA--Three defendants involved in the Proton Bank scandal were remanded in custody on Tuesday evening following their testimony the same day before the Second Special Investigator, while businessman Lavrentis Lavrentiadis, the bank's president, filed an application asking for his release from prison on health grounds.

    Lavrentiadis, who was transferred from the Evangelismos hospital to Korydallos prison on Monday, maintains that he cannot survive in a prison cell because of his serious health problems.

    According to reports, the three other defendants, facing serious charges in the case of bad loans issued in 2010 by Proton Bank to Lavrentiadis' privately-owned companies, deny their involvement in the case saying they had no knowledge of Lavrentiadis' activities, especially his association with the companies funded by Proton Bank. amna

    In support of one of the three defendants, a known professor in Economics, thirteen Athens University professors –including former finance minister George Alogoskoufis - singed a petition sent to the Special Investigator, expressing their "amazement" at the predicament of their colleague and the hope that he would soon be disassociated from the case. amna

    The professor himself has handed the Investigator a memo, in which he is said to claim that he was a member of Proton Bank's board for four months, and that he left when he disagreed with Lavrentiadis' practices.

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