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Government accelerating action for 'parallel programme', sources say

The government is preparing to take actions on six fronts in order to accelerate implementation of its "parallel programme", alongside the draft bill legislating for the prior actions demanded under the new agreement, government sources said on Friday. One of these will involve new laws on the licensing of television stations, which Minister of State Nikos Pappas has announced will also include the founding of an ERT subsidiary that will act as digital network provider


U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew reiterated the importance of Europe following through on its commitment to put Greece’s debt on a sustainable path through debt relief in a meeting with Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in the Peruvian capital of Lima, Lew’s spokesman said on Friday


Main opposition New Democracy's temporary leader Evangelos Meimarakis, himself a former parliament president, on Friday had what he called was a "long and constructive" discussion with the new Parliament President Yiannis Voutsis concerning the operation of Parliament


The IMF on Friday issued an indirect but clear response to Eurogroup president’s earlier comments over the sustainability of Greek debt, with Poul Thomsen, the head of the International Monetary Fund’s European department saying that Greece cannot deal with its public debt through reforms alone and needs a significant extension of grace periods and longer maturities from its European creditors


A Supreme Court prosecutor sent to parliament on Friday a case file on Golden Dawn leader Nikos Michaloliakos, requesting the lifting of his immunity, so that he can be charged with incitement to commit crimes


Τhe groundbreaking 24-hour performance “Mount Olympus” by acclaimed Belgian multidisciplinary artist Jan Fabre will be the highlight of Dimitria Festival on October 10, the largest cultural event in Thessaloniki and northern Greece


The Museum of Ancient History of Heidelberg has expressed its intention to return to Greece fragments of the Erechtheion, the ancient Greek temple on the north side of the Acropolis, the Culture ministry announced on Friday

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