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Samaras Calls Abe

Greek PM Antonis Samaras held a telephone conversation with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, at noon today, Athens time.
Mr. Samaras congratulated Mr. Abe on Tokyo being given the task of hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. The two prime ministers agreed to collaborate so that Japan can make use of Greek Olympic Games know-how. The Greek PM invited Mr. Abe to visit Greece within 2014.

The two leaders also agreed to a fruitful cooperation within the framework of the free trade agreements between Japan and the EU, given that Greece will undertake the EU presidency for the first half of 2014.

FinMin Probes Uninsured Labor

Labor minister, Yannis Vroutsis has announced an all-out assault on the labor market and massive fines for undeclared employees, following a broad meeting at the ministry on this issue. Checks will begin on Sunday.
According to ministry information, 1175 controllers along with the police financial crime squad will conduct spot checks to ferret out "black" employment, which is estimated to have cost the state and social security funds 6 billion euros in revenues in 2012.
The fine for each uninsured foreign national employed is now pegged at 16,050 euros, while for Greek nationals at 5,000 euros less. Now, it will rise to 26,000 euros for any uninsured/undeclared employee. In the case of a repeat of the phenomenon the business will be shut down temporarily, or permanently, depending on circumstances.

Tsohatzopoulos Addicted to Crime Says Prosecutor

The guilty verdict for 12 of the 19 defendants in the Tsohatzopoulos case was demanded today, by criminal tribunal prosecutor Georgia Adilini.
More specifically she demanded that the court find guilty former minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos, his wife Vicky Stamati, His daughter Areti, his erstwhile associate, and foormer secretary general for military procurements Yannis Sbokos, as well as for five more defendants (including Tsohatzopoulos' ex-wife Gudrun) but without the charges of continuous misdeeds. The prosecutor asked that two defendants be found not guilty.
Ms Adilini fiercely attacked the former minister in her closing statement, saying that he ignored those that trusted him. She also spoke of overwhelming evidence of his accepting bribes to such an extent that he himself was unable to calculate their sum.
The second prosecutor in the case, Panayotis Panayiotopoulos, said Tsohatzopoulos was addicted to crime.

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