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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-03-16

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

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  • [01] Government aiming for agreement on taxation within the day, top gov't source says
  • [02] UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt visits refugees in Piraeus, Athens

  • [01] Government aiming for agreement on taxation within the day, top gov't source says

    The government's goal is to reach agreement with the institutions on taxation within the day, presenting a new counter-proposal on the tax-free allowance, a senior source within the government's economic team said on Wednesday. For this reason, he added, at the end of the first round of talks with the institutions, it was agreed that there should be a follow-up meeting at 18:30 "to get it over with."

    During the first meeting that began at 13:30, the Greek side presented a new proposal for a smaller reduction in the tax-free allowance to that proposed by the institutions and changes to the other rates. The official said that the institution representatives made comments and said they would have to contact their political superiors to inform them about the Greek counter-proposal. The institutions, and especially the IMF, want the taxation base to be significantly broadened through a major reduction of the tax-free allowance and transfer of the burden to lower incomes, while they disagree with a maximum taxation rate of 50 pct.

    Another top official at the talks estimated that an agreement would take two or three days at the most.

    [02] UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Pitt visits refugees in Piraeus, Athens

    American actress Angelina Jolie Pitt, the Special Envoy to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), on Wednesday visited thousands of refugees and migrants at the temporary facilities set up by Greek authorities in Piraeus port and at the refugee hospitality centre in Elaionas, central Athens.

    Shortly after her arrival at the Athens International Airport VIP area on a charter flight, Jolie visited the refugees at Piraeus port and spent time with families staying at Elaionas, where she was briefed on the centre's operation and visited the children's play area to meet some of the children staying in the centre. She met with three families from Syria and one from Iran that intended to pass through Greece on their way to other European countries, where the husbands already live.

    According to sources, she asked them about their journey and the difficulties they faced, expressing sympathy and her own wish that borders were open to everyone. She was accompanied on her visit by Migration Policy Ministry General Secretary Vassilis Papadopoulos.

    Meeting Greek PM at 17:00

    Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is to have a meeting with Jolie Pitt at the government's headquarters in the Maximos Mansion on Wednesday evening at 17:00.


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