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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-11-19

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  • [01] Southeast Europe and Black Sea conference on avian flu begins in Athens
  • [02] Kerkini hydroelectric station inaugurated
  • [03] 46th Thessaloniki Cinema Festival opens

  • [01] Southeast Europe and Black Sea conference on avian flu begins in Athens

    European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou attended in Athens on Saturday a conference on avian flu, organised by the Greek Health and Social Solidaity Ministry and aimed at boosting cooperation among countries in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea. Participating in the conference, which began on Saturday morning and will last until Sunday, are health ministers from the countries of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and the Black Sea Cooperation Organisation. Representatives from the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Infectious Diseases are also attending.

    It was stressed at the conference that there was no case of avian flu in the countries of the Balkans and of the Black Sea.

    Greek Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis in his address expressed the need for there to be constant alert and cooperation both on a national and global level.

    [02] Kerkini hydroelectric station inaugurated

    Deputy Development Minister George Salagoudis on Saturday inaugurated the operation of the Kerkini Hydroelectric Station. The Kerkini station, which will have a total power output of 5 MW, has been constructed on a four acres expanse of land on the right bank of the Strymonas River. It's annual energy production, calculated on the average inflow of water into Kerkini Lake, is expected to exceed 18GWh. The project was licenced by the Central Macedonia Periphery, and was financed under the Development Ministry's financing programme.

    In his address, Salagoudis underlined that the primary objective of the Development Ministry's leadership is to implement a modern development model in the region which will be based on the implementation and exploitation of the valuable natural resources, which in many cases also consitute the region's advantage.

    The deputy development minister also referred to the government's efforts for the promotion and establishment of alternative sources of energy.

    [03] 46th Thessaloniki Cinema Festival opens

    The 46th Thessaloniki Cinema Festival was inaugurated on Friday night in the presence of Deputy Culture Minister Petros Tatoulis, Deputy Culture Minister George Orfanos, Macedonia-Thrace Minister Nikos Tsiartsionis, Thessaloniki Cinema Festival President Georges Corraface, Thessaloniki Mayor Vassilis Papageorgopoulos and Thessaloniki Prefect Panayiotis Psomiadis. The festival began with the screening of the film "The hell within me", of Bosnian film director Danic Tanovic.

    Declaring the start of the festival, Deputy Culture Minister Tatoulis termed the festival "as the central screen of Greek cinema" and Thessaloniki as the place where it was born.

    Macedonia-Thrace Minister Tsiartsionis in his address referred to the important role of the festival which "constitutes an event which greatly contributes to the development of the region and to the establishment of a suitable climate of cooperation in all sectors."

    Addresses were also made by Thessaloniki Cinema Festival President Corraface, the festival's artistic director Despina Mouzaki and Thessaloniki Mayor Papageorgopoulos.

    It is expected that more than 220 films will be screened during the festival which will last until November 27.

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