EU to use base in Larissa

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A mil­i­tary base in Larissa, cen­tral Greece, is to be used as a co­or­di­na­tion center for a Euro­pean Union hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­fort in Cen­tral African Repub­lic, sources said yes­ter­day. A French ma­jor gen­eral will be put in charge of the op­er­a­tion, while a Greek bri­gadier will act as chief of staff. The use of the base, which serves as a com­bined air op­er­a­tions center by NATO, is due to be of­fi­cially con­firmed to­day. Al­most one mil­lion peo­ple, or a quar­ter of the pop­u­la­tion, have been dis­placed in Cen­tral African Repub­lic, a for­mer French colony, by clashes that be­gan when mostly Mus­lim Seleka rebels seized power in a coup in March. Chris­tian self-de­fense groups have since taken up arms against them and the United Na­tions es­ti­mates that tit-for-tat vi­o­lence has claimed more than 2,000 lives.

Tax eva­sion.

Three peo­ple were de­tained yes­ter­day in Sparta, in the Pelo­pon­nese, for debts to the state to­talling 1.3 mil­lion eu­ros. A 65-year-old was ar­rested for tax debts worth 438,269 eu­ros, a 68-year-old for an un­paid tax bill of 442,808 eu­ros and a 70-year-old was de­tained over 438,274 eu­ros in out­stand­ing debts.

ELVO protests.

Em­ploy­ees of the Thes­sa­loniki-based Hel­lenic Ve­hi­cle In­dus­try (ELVO) are plan­ning a se­ries of protests ahead of a court ap­pear­ance sched­uled for Mon­day when their ap­peal against the planned liq­ui­da­tion of the com­pany is to be heard. A del­e­ga­tion of ELVO work­ers is to meet with Thes­sa­loniki Mayor Yian­nis Boutaris at 10 a.m. to­day be­fore hold­ing a protest at 11 a.m. and a press con­fer­ence at noon.

Free tu­ition.

A pi­lot scheme is to be launched next month of­fer­ing teenagers from poor fam­i­lies free pri­vate tu­tor­ing and young, un­em­ployed teach­ers part-time work, gov­ern­ment spokesman Si­mos Kedikoglou told Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day. The pro­gram, which will be avail­able for high school pupils, is to be funded through the Na­tional Strate­gic Ref­er­ence Frame­work (ESPA). Kedikoglou did not say how much the scheme would cost or what teach­ers would earn but said that the tu­tor­ing would ini­tially be avail­able to chil­dren from house­holds that are at the risk of poverty. The af­ter-school classes will be taught at the chil­dren’s schools and there will be no more than 10 pupils in each group. The staff that will be hired for the project will be un­em­ployed teach­ers aged un­der 30 or teach­ers who are long-term un­em­ployed.

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