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European Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen will visit Athens on January 29 to participate in a joint meeting of the Greek Parliament's committees on european affairs, production and trade and economics.
Katainen, who is Commissioner for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, will speak at a session titled "The future of Europe: Challenges and opportunities."
Almost a third of retirees in Greece collect a monthly pension of no more than 500 euros, while the average income from main pensions in August and September 2018 came to 724.18 euros/month, according to data from the Labor Ministry's Helios database.
The same data show that auxiliary pensions averaged at 172.32 euros/month and dividends reached a mean rate of 97.84 euros/month.
Bad loans, the reduction of the maximum value of properties protected from auction, and a possible fiscal derailment due to court decisions were the main issues discussed by the mission chiefs from the eurozone and Greek officials during the first day of talks for the second post-program assessment in Athens on Tuesday.
Serbian Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic said this for Belgrade daily Vecernje Novosti.
He thus reacted to the assertion of Kosovo Foreign Minister Behgjet Pacolli that he had "knowledge" of Belgrade "promising financial support and arms" to some smaller countries in return for revoking their recognition of Kosovo.
Democratic Left (DIMAR) on Tuesday said it was quitting the centrist alliance, Movement for Change (KINAL), following the weekend expulsion of its president Thanasis Theocharopoulos over his support for the Prespes agreement.
"DIMAR will stick to the responsible stand... that it has from the very beginning maintained on this crucial national issue," the party said in a statement.