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Athens News Agency: News in English, 03-05-20

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  • [01] Greek-Turkish business forum for border firms
  • [02] Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum to organise exhibition in Rome
  • [03] Soros to chair World Economic Forum meeting in Athens
  • [04] Foreign Exchange Rates - Wednesday
  • [05] Weather Forecast: Sunny start on Wednesday
  • [06] Greek stocks end Tuesday's session flat

  • [01] Greek-Turkish business forum for border firms

    20/05/2003 23:27:41

    A two-day Greek-Turkish business forum for companies located near the border between the two countries will be held in the northeastern towns of Komotini and Alexandroupoli on May 23-24.

    The meeting is backed by local authorities in eastern Macedonia and Thrace.

    [02] Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum to organise exhibition in Rome

    20/05/2003 23:22:56

    The Athens Byzantine and Christian Museum will organise an exhibition in Rome named ''Reflections of the Byzantium - Important Works of Art (15th-17th centuries)'' in cooperation with the Musei Capitolini and the Greek embassy in Rome.

    The exhibition will take place as part of events of the European Union's Greek presidency.

    Fifty-four selected works from the most important centres of Hellenism, coming exclusively from the Byzantine and Christian Museum's collection, will present the course and the basic elements characterising post-Byzantine art.

    The exhibition will be hosted at the Palazzo Caffarelli of Rome's Musei Capitolini, the oldest state-run museum in the world, which receives over 400,000 visitors a year. It will take place between May 22 and September 7.

    It has been transferred to Rome after a successful presence in New York.

    [03] Soros to chair World Economic Forum meeting in Athens

    20/05/2003 19:35:28

    Global financier George Soros is to co-chair a regional conference of the World Economic Forum to be held in Athens on 23-24 May.

    Also chairing the session, an offshoot of the Davos forum in Switzerland, is the governor of the National Bank of Greece and president of the Union of Greek Banks, Theodoros Karatzas.

    Delegates will look at the political and economic situation in southeastern Europe, and the outlook for the region.

    Soros is a shareholder in Hellenic Land International SA, a holding company and developer, through Soros Real Estate Investors. It is his first investment in Greece. The rest of the firm is owned by Panayiotis Mihalos, founder of DTZ Mihalos SA.

    [04] Foreign Exchange Rates - Wednesday

    20/05/2003 19:08:43

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.173

    Pound sterling 0.718

    Danish kroner 7.483

    Swedish kroner 9.243

    Japanese yen 137.4

    Swiss franc 1.524

    Norwegian kroner 7.993

    Cyprus pound 0.591

    Canadian dollar 1.590

    Australian dollar 1.789

    [05] Weather Forecast: Sunny start on Wednesday

    20/05/2003 18:52:15

    The day will start sunny in all parts of the country, with showers and storms in the northern Ionian, Epirus and Macedonia, and possibly the western central mainland. Winds west-northwesterly, light to moderate. In the north, temperatures will range from 12C to 28C; in the west from 14C to 30C; and in the rest of the country from 16C to 29C. Temperatures in Athens between 17C and 27C; and in Thessaloniki from 14C to 27C.

    [06] Greek stocks end Tuesday's session flat

    20/05/2003 16:49:02

    A wave of buying activity late in Tuesday's session helped Greek stocks recover initial heavy losses and end the day flat in the Athens Stock Exchange.

    The general index ended 0.15 percent lower at 1,732.42 points, after dropping as much as 1.7 percent early in the session, with turnover an improved 113.7 million euros.

    The Publications, IT Solution and Food-Beverage sectors recorded the heaviest percentage losses of the day (2.0 percent, 1.84 percent and 1.59 percent, respectively), while the Holding, Retail and Insurance sectors scored the biggest percentage gains (1.45 percent, 0.87 percent and 0.81 percent, respectively).

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks rose 0.25 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index eased 0.57 percent, the FTSE/ASE SmallCap 80 index ended 0.68 percent lower and the wider FTSE/ASE 140 index rose 0.01 percent.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 214 to 101 with another 48 issues unchanged.

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