Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) MEP Nikos Hountis on Monday tabled a question on a Greek government decision to apply the public utilities and organisations remuneration status on Athens News Agency - Macedonian Press Agency (ANA-MPA) staff.

Hountis called on the European Commission to comment on the government decision after taking under consideration the Charter of Fundamental Rights, Article 28, on “the right to bargaining and collective actions”.

He also pointed out that Presidential Decree 191, dated Dec. 9, 2008, “clearly states that ANA-MPA S.A. is exempt from being a DEKO (public utilities and organisations),” while as regards the salaries of the ANA-MPA staff “are defined by the collective work contracts signed between the Union of Athens Journalists (ESIEA) and the Athens Daily Newspaper Publishers’ Association (EIHEA)”.