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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-02-28

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  • [01] PASOK congress to run Friday to Sunday in Faliro
  • [02] Tax inspections progress according to schedule

  • [01] PASOK congress to run Friday to Sunday in Faliro

    AMNA - PASOK president Evangelos Venizelos will give the opening speech at the party's congress on Friday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in the southwestern suburb of Faliro, the party said in a statement on Thursday.

    The congress will begin its work at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, when it will conclude its main work with a wrap-up speech by Venizelos at 7:00 p.m. followed by a vote. It will end officially on Sunday after the election of a central committee.

    The party congress is an opportunity to make it clear that PASOK has not been mutated and remains a democratic, patriotic, popular and socialist party, its spokesperson Fofi Gennimata said on Thursday.

    Speaking to an Athens-based private television station, she disagreed with PASOK MP Costas Skandalidis on whether the party congress - which opens on March 3 - can decide on strategy issues, referring to the former minister's proposal to adopt a decision based on which PASOK will not vote for new measures. "Party congresses decide on identity issues," she underlined.

    As regards PASOK's identity, she stated "we had to make a historical compromise to be able to keep the country in the eurozone," and referring to the issue raised by PASOK party cadres on whether the party should participate in the government she said that it is a "superficial and false" issue.

    The PASOK spokesperson said that her party has to support the government and the question is not whether it will participate in it.

    Gennimata noted that she disagrees with the "law and order" motto and clarified that this is not the way for the government to move forward, pointing out that the operative word is "consensus".

    [02] Tax inspections progress according to schedule

    AMNA -- Tax inspections on large enterprises more than doubled in February, compared with January, while inspections on wealthy taxpayers tripled over the same period, the Finance Ministry said on Thursday.

    In a statement commenting on a troika report which criticized the weaknesses of the Greek tax administration in its battle against tax evasion, the Finance Ministry said that an electronic interconnection of tax agencies with commercial banks - offering a full view of taxpayers' bank accounts - will be implemented this year.

    The ministry noted that collection of overdue tax debt grew 70 pct in January, adding that it has activated all its powers towards resolving problems pointed in the troika report.amna

    The Finance Ministry said there were no deviations from its targets in tax inspection of large enterprises and wealthy taxpayers, adding that significant progress has been made in completing these inspections this year.

    Tax inspections on wealthy taxpayers totaled 1,789 last year, while tax agencies have sent 24,710 notifications to taxpayers with bank accounts abroad.amna

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