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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-03-11

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

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  • [01] Justice min on Distomo court ruling
  • [02] Government to set ceiling on loans to political parties

  • [01] Justice min on Distomo court ruling

    Justice Minister Nikos Paraskevopoulos on Wednesday in statements to ANT1 TV said he was prepared to give the permission for the execution of a ruling by Greece's Areios Pagos top court for the compensation of the relatives of those who suffered from the Nazi atrocities in Distomo.

    "The legislation provides that in order for Areios Pagos decision to be executed, the Justice minister needs to give an order for this. I believe that this permission should be granted and I am prepared to do so; despite any obstacles. There should probably be some negotiation with Germany," he said.

    He noted that the other side, the German one, "must respect the decision of the Greek justice and the facts."

    [02] Government to set ceiling on loans to political parties

    The government is raising the issue of changing the current framework for loans to political parties while SYRIZA deputies Stathis Panagoulis and Nasos Athanassiou are asking for details over PASOK and New Democracy's loan obligations.

    "The issue of bank loans to political parties is a major one and is directly linked to the elimination of vested interests and the proper functioning of Democracy," Interior and Administration Reconstruction Minister Nikos Voutsis said in a document submitted to the Parliament.

    "We focus - as part of a comprehensive legislative initiative on the status of political parties, together with the relevant ministries - on the reform of the current framework of bank lending to political parties, aiming at boosting transparency, encouraging the equal treatment of political parties and ensuring their independence," he noted.

    The document was submitted to the Parliament following a question by Independent Greeks (ANEL) parliamentary group secretary Nikos Nikolopoulos.

    State Minister Panagiotis Nikoloudis said that stricter rules on the legislation regarding the loans to political parties are included in the list of reform proposals sent to the European partners and institutions, such as setting a ceiling on loans by financial and other institutions.

    "The illegal financing of political parties is considered corruption and it will be treated as such," the Minister of State said adding that any complaints about violations of the existing legislation are considered by the Audit Committee of party finances.


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