|Tuesday, 18 February 2020|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-07-09
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Greek FinMin Expects Economy to Recover in Late 2009News
The Greek economy will start rebounding towards the end of 2009, with growth rates going up in 2010, estimated Greek Finance Minister Giannis Papathanasiou. Greece and Cyprus were the only eurozone nations that maintained a positive growth rate in the first quarter of 2009, said Papathanasiou, while addressing the Euro-Mediterranean Business Forum on Thursday. He added, though, that downturn in Greece was more extensive than it was initially forecast.
He also said that there are two major obstacles in the way of the recovery process. The first relates to the fiscal deficit and the huge public debt which was created in the ‚80s.
The second problem is the Greek economy's low competitiveness, which has been portrayed in the high balance deficit of current transactions.
The above problems should have been addressed prior to Greece's joining the Economic and Monetary Union, said the Minister, also adding that specific and permanent solutions are required and that the government is implementing a clear and well-thought plan.
Touching on the Euro-Mediterranean cooperation, he said that Greece has been active in the shaping of the union for the Mediterranean, placing emphasis on the eastern Mediterranean.
Wrapping up his speech, Giannis Papathanasiou congratulated the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises on its initiative to stage the forum.
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 Residents of Grammatiko Keep ProtestingInterior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos dismissed reactions against the creation of a landfill in Grammatiko village as unacceptable, after briefing the Prime Minister on the progress of the waste management project in the Attica basin. ‚It is not just a constitutional order but also a fundamental social obligation,‚ said Pavlopoulos, noting that the Government will implement the EU legislation. Socialist deputy Spyros Kouvelis blasted the government for they way it is handling the waste management issue. In the meantime, the residents of Grammatiko village are determined to not give up.
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