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Combating corruption and justice on Monday's agenda

The issues of combating corruption and justice will dominate the negotiation between Greece and the institutions on Monday. These issues, as government sources said, will be discussed at a technical staff level. The privatization program and the Hellenic Republic Asset Development Fund (HRADF), the discussion of which was postponed on Friday, as well as the "bad loans", whose management is directly linked with the recapitalization of banks, will be set on the negotiating table on Tuesday.


The Greek state has suffered losses of millions of euros from the mismanagement and fraud in public broadcaster ERT during the administration of Christos Panagopoulos and the radio station 9,84 in the period 2001-2010, according the findings of the auditors.Sunday's newspaper "To Vima" reported that the former chairman of ERT Christos Panagopoulos will be tried for felony, while a dozen of executives in the public radio station will be tried for the embezzlement of 35 million euros.


"(Prime Minister Alexis) Tsipras needs to understand that he is required to govern, to take responsibility and provide solutions," main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Evangelos Meimarakis said in an interview with Real News. Meimarakis accused the prime minister of giving the impression that the party matters dominate the efforts to solve Greece's burning issues.


SYRIZA's central committee secretagy general Tasos Koronakis, in an interview with Avghi newspaper on Sunday, stressed the need to set up a plan that will not make the memorandum a SYRIZA policy. "We must at all costs avoid a government of special purpose or national unity," he underlined.


Alternate Culture Minister Nikos Xydakis represented Greece in the international conference "Culture: an instrument of dialogue among peoples", with the participation eighty-three countries, organized by the Italian government in the premises of the International Exhibition of Milan Expo 2015. "Cultural heritage," Xydakis stressed, "was always essential to the identity of my country."


Greece's air traffic controllers' union on Thursday announced a four-hour warning strike to be held next Wednesday from 14:00 until 18:00. They are demanding that a draft bill be tabled in Parliament that creates an Aeronautical Provider for the Civil Aviation Authority as an independent entity, in compliance with European rules.


A draft law envisaging a new concession contract between the Greek state and Piraeus Port Organization -still pending- will pave the way for the submission of binding offers in a tender to buy 51 pct in Piraeus port by the three candidate investors participating in the second phase of the tender (COSCO, AMP Terminals Maersk, ICTSI).

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