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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 17-06-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] It is the creditors' time to deliver on their promises, say nine MEPs
  • [02] Interior Min Skourletis: Greek experiment for a multi-speed Europe
  • [03] Bodossaki Foundation awards Greek young scientists

  • [01] It is the creditors' time to deliver on their promises, say nine MEPs

    Nine MEPs of three political groups, members of the co-ordination Committee of the Progressive Alliance in the European Parliament (Progressive Caucus) called on the Eurogroup, the European Central Bank, the European Stability Mechanism, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission, in view of the meeting of the Eurogroup on 15 June, to respect the decisions and to proceed with the conclusion of the second programme review, which will trigger the Greek economy's steady growth path while strengthening stability in the eurozone.

    "In the last Eurogroup it became clear that the different approaches between the lenders, and especially between the German finance ministry and the IMF, prevent the conclusion of the second programme review of the Greek programme and the formation of the «road map" for the Greek debt relief.

    In the joint statement, MEPs added: "The conclusion of the second programme review will pave the way both for the implementation of medium-term measures for Greek debt relief, and Greece's participation in the ECB's quantitative easing program. This framework has been agreed by all sides, the Greek government and the institutions, at the Eurogroup in May 2016."

    "After the second programme review is concluded, the road map for debt relief and Greece's return to the bond market will give a positive signal to markets and investors.

    For the first time since the onset of economic crisis, Greece lays the foundations for economic growth. The Greek people need policies that give an end to supervision and lead to fair and sustainable development."

    "There are no excuses, as time is pressing both Greece and Europe," they stressed and added: "Greece needs sustainable and fair development policies, not sovereign fiscal measures. Now it is time for lenders to assume their responsibilities and fulfill their commitments, just as did the Greek government. "

    [02] Interior Min Skourletis: Greek experiment for a multi-speed Europe

    We live in conditions of constant political defeat. We are constantly forced to compromise. But at the same time, we can distinguish the small possibilities to save some things from the agreement with the institutions, Interior Minister Panos Skourletis said at a conference organized by SYRIZA party.

    He underlined that if people see the government compromise with the austerity measures "it will be the first step in SYRIZA's and the left party's transformation."

    "We may have suffered a political defeat, but the greatest political defeat is when you adopt your opponent's proposals. And we will never do that," he assured.

    Skourletis estimated that there would not be a significant debt restructuring, citing "Europe's rigidities."

    Moreover, he said: "They are making an experiment with Greece in order to implement the extreme neoliberal policies and to make a multi-speed Europe, with widened inequalities. A Europe that is increasingly moving away from the great values it was based on."

    [03] Bodossaki Foundation awards Greek young scientists

    Five Greek scientists excelled abroad were awarded with the 2017 Bodossaki Science Awards for their performance and contribution to the scientific fields of science, life sciences, applied sciences and social sciences.

    The awards were given by the President of the Republic, Prokopios Pavlopoulos, at a special ceremony held at the Zappeion Mansion.

    This year's scientific awards were awarded to:

    Kyriakos Papadodimas, assistant professor at the Groningen University of the Netherlands and researcher at CERN, in the field of Basic Sciences (Nuclear Physics - Elementary Particle Physics - Astroparticle Physics).

    - Emmanuel Dermitzakis, Professor at the University of Geneva, in the field of Biosciences (Medicine - Biology).

    - Domniki Asimaki, Professor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), in Applied Science / Technology (Solid and Liquid Engineering, Construction Engineering, Materials, Geotechnical Systems).

    - Elisa Konofagou, Professor at the University of Columbia, USA for Applied Sciences / Technology (Solid and Liquid Engineering, Construction Engineering, Materials, Geotechnical Systems)

    - Konstantinos Arkolakis, associate professor at the Yale University, USA, in the field of Social Sciences, (Economic Sciences or Political Sciences).

    The Bodossaki Foundation announced the award of monetary prizes for the year 2017 to distinguished scholars of Greek descent, under the age of 45 years old. These prizes aim to support the creative work of young Greek scientists and to reward their commitment and effort to the advancement of science as well as to contribute to the promotion of exemplar role models for the society.

    Eligible to apply are young scientists of Greek nationality or descent, born after December 31, 1971, active in the following scientific fields: Science, Applied Science, Social – Economic sciences, and Bio-sciences.

    Candidates should be nominated by Universities, Institutions or scientists of the same or a senior level in the candidate's area of expertise or by the Head of a research institution. The candidates' written consent is required.


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