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Greek government completes first round of talks with troika

The Greek government completed on Tuesday the first round of negotiations with the representatives of the country’s international lenders during which the two sides discussed the budget for 2014 and 2015, fiscal targets and issues concerning the health ministry.

POLITICS

Europe needs to be kept safe and secure without becoming a “fortress,” Greek Commissioner-Designate Dimitris Avramopoulos told the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs of the European Parliament on Tuesday during confirmation hearings in Brussels.

POLITICS

The new president-designate of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, will visit Athens on Friday, October 4, the office of Greece's Prime Minister announced on Tuesday.

ECONOMY

The Greek unemployment rate eased to 27 pct in June, from 27.1 pct in May, remaining the highest in the European Union, followed by Spain (24.4 pct in August), Eurostat said on Tuesday. In a report released in Brussels, the EU executive’s statistics arm said that the number of unemployed people in Greece totaled 1.3 million.

ECONOMY

Private sector union GSEE said it appealed to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg against decisions made during the last four years by the Greek governments which determined labour relations in the country.

ECONOMY

The legislation that allows OPAP, the privatised former state betting agency, to retain its monopoly is compatible with European Union rules of law, the Council of State (CoS) said on Tuesday, rejecting injunctions by foreign companies which asked for the lifting of an implicit refusal by Greek authorities to grant them betting game licences.

POLITICS

The licencing issue of the waterway at the "forgotten" port of Amphipolis will be examined in October by the Amphipolis Port Authorities following the interest expressed by hydroplane companies to add the specific destination into their schedule.

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