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Athens News Agency: News in English, 03-05-26

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] Chilean Parliament president meets PM, FM, Parliament president and ND
  • [02] Canadian premier to arrive in Athens for bilateral meetings with the EU
  • [03] Greece to host world championship of sailing 49er skiffs event in April
  • [04] Weather Forecast: Mostly fair on Tuesday
  • [05] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday
  • [06] Greek stocks end Monday's session lower

  • [01] Chilean Parliament president meets PM, FM, Parliament president and ND leader

    26/05/2003 23:29:03

    Chilean Parliament President Isabel Allende held consecutive meetings in Athens on Monday with Prime Minister Costas Simitis, Foreign Minister George Papandreou, Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis, main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis and ruling PASOK Central Committee Secretary Costas Laliotis.

    In all discussions held reference was made to bilateral relations between Greece and Chile, while the considerable role played by her father Salvador Allende in Chile's struggles for democracy was also stressed.

    Parliament President Apostolos Kaklamanis and Allende, who visited him at the head of a Parliamentary delegation, discussed the further strengthening of the already very good relations between Greece and Chile, cooperation between the Parliaments both through their Friendship Groups and international organisations, and the international situation.

    [02] Canadian premier to arrive in Athens for bilateral meetings with the EU

    26/05/2003 23:25:29

    MONTREAL (ANA I. Frangouli) - Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien will visit Greece on Wednesday and Thursday for the Canada-European Union summit to discuss issues related to genetically modified products, as well as the efforts to achieve a free trade agreement between Canada and the EU.

    On Wednesday Chretien will meet with Prime Minister Costas Simitis, European Commission President Romano Prodi and President of the Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos, while he will be hosted to a dinner with the representatives of the European Union.

    On Thursday he will meet with main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Costas Karamanlis and Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni. Chretien will conclude his visit hosting a dinner for Greek and the Canadian businessmen that will arrive in Athens with him.

    [03] Greece to host world championship of sailing 49er skiffs event in April 2004

    26/05/2003 20:11:07

    Greece has undertaken to host the world championship of the sailing 49er skiffs event in April 2004.

    The decision was reached during the conference in Oslo of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), in the presence of representatives from almost all the world's federations, including that of Greece which was headed by its president Antonis Dimitrakopoulos.

    [04] Weather Forecast: Mostly fair on Tuesday

    26/05/2003 18:23:41

    Mostly fair weather is forecast for Tuesday throughout the country, but in the later hours of the day scattered cloud and local showers in the mountainous areas may be expected. Winds variable, moderate. In the north, temperatures will range from 13C to 25C; and in the rest of the country from 15C to 27C. Temperatures in Athens between 16C and 26C; and in Thessaloniki from 14C to 23C.

    [05] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday

    26/05/2003 18:21:18

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.190

    Pound sterling 0.726

    Danish kroner 7.484

    Swedish kroner 9.272

    Japanese yen 139.6

    Swiss franc 1.538

    Norwegian kroner 7.930

    Cyprus pound 0.591

    Canadian dollar 1.640

    Australian dollar 1.809

    [06] Greek stocks end Monday's session lower

    26/05/2003 16:50:54

    Greek stocks ended Monday's session mixed to lower reflecting lack of fresh incentives and directions from the Athens Stock Exchange.

    The general index ended 0.09 percent down at 1,689.33 points, with turnover a low 86.8 million euros.

    The Insurance, Textile and Construction sectors suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day (2.50 percent, 2.36 percent and 1.44 percent, respectively), while the Investment, IT Solution and Telecommunications sectors scored the biggest gains (2.96 percent, 1.11 percent and 0.68 percent, respectively).

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavy traded stocks fell 0.16 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index ended 0.74 percent lower, the FTSE/ASE SmallCap 80 index dropped 1.55 percent and the wider FTSE/ASE 140 index ended 0.41 percent off.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 240 to 86 with another 35 issues unchanged.


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