June 22, 1954

TAXATION REFORM: The government announced yesterday an extensive reform of the taxation system. These reforms of direct taxes are included in a bill approved yesterday by the coordinating council chaired by the prime minister, Field Marshal Alexandros Papagos, and are aimed at simplifying the procedures and reducing taxation coefficients of various categories of wages. BRITISH AID: London, 21 – A collection in Great Britain to take up funds for the victims of the Ionian Islands earthquake was concluded today with an official ceremony. In a speech, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, spoke of the bonds between Greece and Britain and said that the total amount of the collection, 120,000 pounds sterling, was simply a gift of friendship and was unrelated to any other commitment. He said that Great Britain had never forgotten the bravery Greeks showed against the invader and that it would always be grateful to the Greek people for their kindness to British fighters. The Archbishop of Canterbury praised the close cooperation between the churches of England and Greece.