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11.00 News in brief

State hospital workers union POEDIN is holding a 24-hour strike today. Workers who gathered outside “Alexandras” hospital earlier are currently marching to the Ministry of Health on Aristotelous street, downtown Athens. Panepistimiou street is currently experiencing heavy traffic.

The labour ministry’s bill introducing 120-installment settlement schemes for debts to the public sector was passed by the Greek parliament yesterday.

The electronic platform for applicants will be available for use as of tomorrow.

The Eurogroup convenes this afternoon at 4.  Although Greece is not on the agenda of today’s meeting, Greek Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos is likely to be questioned about the handouts announced last week, as they appear to have raised concerns among EU officials.

The Greek state budget will record a primary surplus of 3.5 percent of GDP this year, but it will be unable to exceed this goal if the current trend prevails during the rest of the year, Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras said.

However, the General Accountants office foresees a GDP of 4.1%, exceed the target by 0.6%, alternate finance minister Giorgos Chouliarakis stated.

At 11 am those affected by the Mati fire last year will gather outside the Ministry of Environment on Mesogeion street, demanding state compensations to speed up.

Europe must reposition itself to stand up to the challenges posed by its three big global rivals, China, Russia and the US, Angela Merkel has said before her final European election as German chancellor.

And the weather forecast…

Partly cloudy in Attica this morning.The temperature will reach a maximum of 23 degrees Celsius.

More news in brief at noon.

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