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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 15 December 2018
GREECE 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 15 DECEMBER 2018 One in five Greeks burdened with paying majority of taxes As the draft for next year’s budget reveals, things are not set to change any time soon A minority of taxpayers in Greece is burdened with paying for the entire country's taxes, according to the data presented by Associate Professor at the Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Vasilis Zoumboulidis, at an event held by the Economic Chamber of Greece (OEE) regarding the financial budget of 2019. It was revealed 19 per cent of the population has paid for 90 per cent of income taxes, with that group of people or businesses being constantly reduced. Additional data present- ed by the Professor were an even greater cause for concern, as just 33 per cent of home-owners pay for 66 per cent of property tax, while 83 per cent of the corporate income tax was paid by just 4.5 per cent of businesses. As Prof Zoumboulidis stated, this situation could have been averted should the government have chosen to re- DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Important financial agreement for Antenna in Serbia and Montenegro The Media Group that entered the Serbian market after buyingout Rupert Murdoch has sold their companies in the two countries for €180 million The Antenna Media Group has announced the agreement of an important transaction toward its future, as it will be moving forward with the sale of all of its companies within both Serbia and Montenegro. More specifically, their The few pay for the many when it comes to taxes in Greece. PHOTO: PIXABAY main with the clause that was passed in 2017, which would have brought corporate tax rates down to 26 per cent in 2019, thus allowing a bit of breathing space to both companies and buyers. He went on to add that bringing down tax rates will help people with their savings and their disposable income, while bringing down corporate taxes would in turn make the country more attractive for investors. However things don't seem to be changing any time soon, as shown by the draft for 2019 in which there are no important changes towards tax policies for those who are up to date with their pays or those that have fallen behind. President of the OEE Konstantionos Kollias stated that "the first-program budget does not cease to be an overtaxation budget" and pointed out that the middle class is forced to carry the weight of the load. Alleged murderer of young woman in Rhodes assaulted in prison A video of the incident has found its way online, while the 19-year-old man has been moved to a different institution after a brief visit to the hospital One of the two people charged with the murder of a young college student in Rhodes has suffered a brutal assault at the Avlona prison, where he was being detained while awaiting trial. The incident was caught on video, reportedly on a mobile phone, which surfaced online and made the rounds on many Greek news outlets. The grainy footage shows a group of inmates verbally attacking and humiliating the alleged rapist and murderer, asking him to remove his clothes before proceeding to punch and kick him. The 19-year-old man is heard saying "I didn't do it, it was the other guy", referring to his co-defendant, who is detained elsewhere. Another inmate is heard to call for his pants to be removed. The young man was trans- ferred to the Evangelismos Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries. He claimed that he lost consciousness while he was being hit, and when he regained his senses found himself without clothes. He claimed that he was raped, something that, according to Proto Thema was confirmed by the medical report. Speaking to a Greek TV station an inmate who claimed to be one of the assailants said that there were seven of them, armed with knives that they fabricated out of iron scraps. Subsequently, the 19-yearold was transferred to a different facility, where he will remain until his trial for the rape and murder of Eleni Topaloudi in Didymotiho. An urgent investigation was ordered by the Justice Ministry into the circumstances of the assault, given that the defendant was held in solitary confinement, to be kept apart from the general population. The investigation will also determine how the assailants took hold of a mobile phone, a forbidden item in Greek correctional facilities. Responding to the video, Yannis Topaloudis, the father of the murdered student, condemned the assault and expressed his support to the alleged murderer's parents. The Topaloudis family's lawyer, Alexis Kougias issued a statement saying it was unacceptable "for a democratic country such as Greece, for the Lynch law to exist." Ethnic Greeks in the southern town of Himara have been affected. Athens condemns Albanian’s confiscation of property belonging to ethnic Greek families Greece has condemned Albanian authorities for their decision to confiscate property in the south of Albania belonging to ethnic Greek families. Approved by Prime Minister Edi Rama, properties in the areas of Himara (Himare), Avlona (Vlore) and Examilia (Ksamil) have been sold off, in part motivated by tourism development. This week, the Greek Foreign Minister issued a statement, officially condemning the decision taken by Albania's Council of Ministers, referring to the action as a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights. It also said it was a violation of previous court rulings. "Such actions are not consistent with the declared European aspirations of Albania and are contrary to its relevant obligations," the statement said, alluding to Albania's ambitions to join the European Union. The Omonoia organisation, which is representing the ethnic Greeks in the region, said that it would endeavour to protect the rights and interests of the minority by using all legal means at its disposal, reported Kathimerini. Bilateral relations between the neighbouring countries are still tense following the killing of Konstantinos Katsifas, an ethnic Greek man, who was shot by Albanian police in October. portfolio in the Serbian media market included two freeto-watch channels dubbed PRVA and O2TV, six channels under a subscription service, four websites and a radio station, while in Montenegro they owned TV network of national bandwidth and a radio station. The Antenna Media Group initially entered the Serbian media market after buying out Rupert Murdoch as major stock holders of the Fox Televizija Serbia (he owned four per cent). After seeing the opportunity to invest, they quickly transformed it into the main media group of the country, moving on to Yet another important financial move for the Greek Media Group. PHOTO: APE/MPE create original network programs that placed it in the top position of the regional market with over 4,000 hours of locally filmed shows. Chairman of the Antenna Media Group, Theodoros Kyriakou pointed out his satisfaction for the success of the negotiations and his excitement for the group's continued activity. "We are very proud for the way in which we developed our business activities in Serbia and Montenegro. Our dynamic presence in these countries for all these years and our successful agreement for the sale of our networks prove our capabilities to invest in quickly evolving markets, strengthening our presence in the local and international markets as we continue to invest within new opportunities in the field of media and creation of content," he said. Antenna continues to invest in its strategy to approach new innovative areas within media, recently announcing key partnerships with important corporations such as Facebook, Twitter and Spotify. It has also expanded by collaborating with companies such as VICE, Thrive Global and Cheddar. The Antenna Group is a strong investor within the field of media and entertainment with a presence in over 20 countries in Europe, the US and Australia.
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