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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-08-07

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM to chair cabinet meeting on Thursday
  • [02] SYRIZA leader Tsipras on a two-day visit to Mount Athos
  • [03] Foreign Ministry to hold meeting on Greek exports to Russia
  • [04] Government announces programmes to boost employment

  • [01] PM to chair cabinet meeting on Thursday

    Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Thursday will chair a cabinet meeting at the Parliament. The cabinet meeting is scheduled for 18.00.

    [02] SYRIZA leader Tsipras on a two-day visit to Mount Athos

    SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras on Thursday starts a two day visit to the monastic community of Mount Athos, accompanied by MP Yiannis Amanatidis and party officials Makis Lykopoulos and Nikos Pappas.

    The visit, which is to be wrapped up on Friday, follows an invitation by the Holy Community of Mount Athos, according to a SYRIZA announcement.

    [03] Foreign Ministry to hold meeting on Greek exports to Russia

    Following Russia's response measures to a series of sanctions from the European Union, the Greek Foreign Ministry on Thursday will hold a meeting headed by the ministry's Secretary General of International Economic Relations Panagiotis Mihalos, in order to assess the potential damage the latest international developments can cause to Greek exports to Russia.

    Apart from ministerial dignitaries, representatives from the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV), the Federation of Industries of Northern Greece (SVVE), the Panhellenic Exporters Association (PSE), the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EVEA) and many more regional and professional associations, federations and chambers from all over Greece, have been invited to attend the meeting.

    [04] Government announces programmes to boost employment

    Prime Minister Antonis Samaras on Wednesday announced programmes worth 750 million euros for the support of employment with a focus on the newly hired and the long-term unemployed.

    After a meeting with Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis, the prime minister said that they will be supported by "programmes financed by EU funds, mainly from the NSRF," adding that "600 million euros from the new NSRF can be disbursed and given to us before the end of the year, in 2014, for the training and on the job experience of 145,000 young people and long-term unemployed".

    The premier also noted that the first announcement was issued on Tuesday and concerns private sector programmes for 30,000 unemployed, aged 25-29; new jobs will be announced in August for 12,000 unemployed, aged 18-24 and a special programme for 8,000 unemployed, aged 18-29, will be launched in September in the sector of tourism, winter tourism and city tourism in particular.

    The programmes include 80-hour training for mainly inexperienced employees, as well as, internships with a total duration of 450 hours within a period of up to six months, in addition to support services and mentoring of the beneficiaries. Each beneficiary will receive between 1,740 and 1,950 euros.

    "In September, we will launch a 200-million-euro community service programme for another 50,000 unemployed - this time long-term unemployed or unemployed households," the premier added.

    "The total amount approved by the NSRF reaches 600 million and exceeds 750 million, taking into account the kindergarten programme for the new school year, namely the 2014-2015 period, and concerns 55,000 mothers and more than 68,000 children. All these programmes have been especially designed to facilitate the integration of hundreds of thousands of fellow citizens in the labour market, especially young people".

    "We are doing everything to bring economic growth and investment forward and we help the people most in need to seize opportunities. We are bringing the overall growth forward, but we are also helping people to meet the challenge of development," Samaras said.

    On his part, Vroutsis said that "20 pct of the young people hired under financed programmes stay in their jobs after the expiration of the programmes."

    "We are making use of the European funds, down to the last euro, in the best way possible so as to tackle unemployment and increase employment," the minister added.


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