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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-08-05

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

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  • [01] Govt approves 6.3 mln euros for SMEs in the mining sector
  • [02] State okays positions-memo for sale of Olympic Airlines to investors group
  • [03] SYN deputies hand memorandum to Parliament President 'for a world free of nuclear weapons'
  • [04] Piraeus Port Organisation blames breakdowns, shipping firms for port's problems

  • [01] Govt approves 6.3 mln euros for SMEs in the mining sector

    Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas on Friday approved plans, submitted by Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises with activities in natural resources, worth 6.3 million euros as part of a "Competitiveness" Business Programme.

    The programme aims to support domestic quarrying and mining production and the modernisation of Greek SMEs in the sector seeking to boost production of new commercial type of products, with high added value, to promote new technologies and innovative applications and to better protect the environment.

    A total of 32 investment plans were submitted and only 13 were approved.

    [02] State okays positions-memo for sale of Olympic Airlines to investors group

    The ministerial privatisation committee on Friday approved a memorandum of basic positions between the state and the York Capital/Olympic Investors consortium that bid in an international tender for Olympic Airlines.

    The move followed a recommendation by the government's consultant in the tender.

    Signature of the memorandom paves the way for sale of the national carrier, subject to regulatory approval from European Union authorities.

    [03] SYN deputies hand memorandum to Parliament President 'for a world free of nuclear weapons'

    On the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki tragedy, a delegation of deputies from the Coalition of the Left, Movements and Ecology (Synasmismos) on Friday handed a memorandum to Parliament President Anna Psarouda-Benaki "for a world free of nuclear weapons".

    Addressing the party's delegation, the Parliament Prsident said:"I very much appreciate your initiative because my impressions are very fresh and painful from Hiroshima which I visited in an official capacity, and in the presence of the mayor, I laid a wreath on the part of the Greek Parliament in the place of the destruction."

    [04] Piraeus Port Organisation blames breakdowns, shipping firms for port's problems

    In an announcement on Friday, the Piraeus Port Organisation (OLP) blamed the delayed departures of two ships due to breakdown and the failure of the shipping firms involved to promptly inform those affected for the problems created at the port in the past few days.

    It said fines had been imposed on shipping lines that failed to promptly inform passengers of delays by the merchant marine ministry.

    The announcement also listed the measures taken by the port organisation to refurbish, repair and make preparations at the port for the busy summer months, including the bus service to take passengers from the Piraeus urban railway terminal to the more distant departure points and back, a new air-conditioned waiting area at Akti Vassiliadi, signposting and lighting.

    It said that passenger traffic had increased by 20 per cent in July 2005 compared with July 2004 and that 1,020,000 passengers, 190,000 cars, 23,000 trucks and 35,000 motorcycles had left via Piraeus during that month. OLP also handled the return traffic from all these destinations, thousands of visitors on cruises and millions of passengers using the Perama-Salamina crossing.


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