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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-11-10

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

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis meets with Credit Agricole Group chairman
  • [02] Deputy FM Kassimis visits Tampa
  • [03] President briefed by justice minister

  • [01] PM Karamanlis meets with Credit Agricole Group chairman

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis met Friday with the visiting chairman of the Paris-based Credit Agricole Group, Rene Carron, for talks that were also attended by national economy and finance minister George Alogoskoufis.

    During the meeting, the French banking group's plans for the development and expansion of the Athens-based Emporiki Bank, were discussed, as well as plans for strengthening its competitiveness.

    Credit Agricole acquired a 71.97 percent controlling majority stake in Athens-quoted Emporiki Bank of Greece S.A. in August.

    [02] Deputy FM Kassimis visits Tampa

    Deputy Foreign Minister Theodoros Kassimis visited Tampa, Florida, on Thursday within the framework of his United Statesā tour and met with representatives of the 160,000-member strong Greek American community in this southern state.

    Kassimis stated that among the priorities of the Greek State is to boost the teaching of the Greek language and announced that a new teaching programme will be offered next March on the internet. He also added that a joint effort will be made aimed at increasing the number of young Greek Americans who will be hosted in Greece by the Greeks Abroad General Secretariat.

    The deputy foreign minister met with University of South Florida representatives and afterwards, visited Tarpon Springs where he had contacts with Greek American community representatives.

    Kassimis departed on Friday for Chicago, the next stop on his tour of the United States.

    [03] President briefed by justice minister

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Friday met with Justice Minister Anastasis Papaligouras, days after a special tribunal responsible for setting judicial officials' remuneration ruled in favor of hefty pay hikes for judges, prosecutors and the heads of independent regulatory agencies.

    The decision, following mostly negative comments by practically the entire political spectrum, was also discussed during the meeting, as Papaligouras said any future solution lies in constitutional revision.

    "The government will deal with the issue as it should, with an institutional initiative within the framework of constitutional revision," he said after the meeting with the president.

    Other issues within the minister's portfolio were also discussed.


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