This is the News in English broadcasted by the Free Hellenic Radio Programme
Forest fires in Aliveri, Evia and Geraki, Hleia are underway. Under partial control are forest fires in Gravia, Fokida and in Dervenakia, Argolida. Forest fires in Roupakia, Achaia and Ermioni, Argolida are under control. Very high risk of fire again today for Attica and South Evia, while the risk remains high for Northern Peloponnese, Crete, the islands of the Aegean Sea, Northern Evia, Viotia, and Fthiotida.
An earthquake struck the coastline of Epirus at 7:20 am today. The seismic tremor was of 4,5 magnitude on the Richter scale. According to the European Seismological Center, the tremor’s epicenter is located 22 km southeast of Igoumenitsa. The earthquake’s focal depth was estimated at 5 km and it was felt in many parts of Thesprotia and the town of Preveza.Another earthquake of 4,6 struck Fthiotida about an hour ago.
Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras is meeting officials today in New York City. Yesterday he met Secretary of State, John Kerry and the President of the United States, Barack Obama.Greek economy, prospects of the Greek debt relief, energy issues and the situation on the Mediterranean and the Middle East were in the agenda.
According to the Hellenic Statistical Authority more than 1.381.000 people are unemployed in Greece. The highest unemployment rate (64.9%) affects young people up to 24 years old, followed by those aged from 25 to 34 (37.7%).
All citizens, with pending debt that exceeds 5000 euros, to the social security funds, will have to proceed immediately in settlement or arrangement of their debts, otherwise the levy of recovery under the tax code, will be activated, according to the provisions of the code of public revenues. The National Confederation of Greek Commerce, sought personal intervention of the Minister of Labor, so as to suspend the activation of the confiscation measures, at least until the implementation of the expansion of the regulation concerning the debts of 2013 to OAEE is applicated.
A protest was held earlier today outside the Ministry of Development building in Canning Square by the workers in Secretaries of Commerce, Industry and Consumer’s opposing the merger and mobility program of the Government. Another protest was held today in the area near Acropolis in solidarity of the Squats in Patras that were evacuated by the police some days ago.
A particularly important decision was issued by the First Degree Court of Thebes, that accepted the request for Interim Measures of The Union of Employees at Hellenic Aerospace Industry (EAV) and forces the company, until the final decision on their appeal, to keep paying its employees the salaries they were getting before the joining of the company to the single payroll. The reasoning of the court, states that » the reduction in this case, is contrary to fundamental constitutional terms, as it repeals the existing collective agreements, it violates the constitutional principles of equality and proportionality, with the leveling equalization of the working conditions of workers in EAV with those applicable in any other public service, without even the contribution of the reasoning of public interest.
The request submitted by the Lawyer of ERT, Georgios Kokkas, was discussed at the Suspension Committee of the State Council. Mr Kokkas asked for the suspension on the basis of being unconstitutional, of the illegal ministerial decisions, and governmental actions, involving the closure of ERT, the dissolution of it, the procedures of the upcoming staff recruitment, and the performing of the duties of the special trustee, Gikas Manalis. The court after hearing both parties, reserved the right to issue its decision.
A coordinated attack on the transmission of ERT’s radio and television signal, seems to have began since late last night and continues all day so far. The technicians of ERT try their best to maintain the signal transmission.
The management team of the transitional organization of the, so called, public television that will be assisting the special administrator, Gkikas Manalis, was announced by the office of the responsible deputy Minister, Pantelis Kapsis.
The team consists of the following people: The journalist Vasilis Thomopoulos, former director of the news department of ERT, who will assume the position of the head of news department. Demetris Sofianopoulos who will be responsible for the program, Aris Kontizas, responsible for the technical services, and Christos Koupelides, head of the financial department. All of them were hired with special procedures. POSPERT in its announcement, speaks for «former trade unionists» and current managers, who for even, a handshake with the temporarily «powerful ones» forget their role, their dignity and their duty.
The support events to ERT’s employees continue tonight in the Garden of ERT.
Tonight we rock at 21:30 with Pericles Loridas and the Lovers of Dream, Giannis Sidiras and his guitar, «Echelon» group and the Loves’ Warriors.