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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-05

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  • [01] Karamanlis meets finance, marine and island policy ministers
  • [02] FinMin, central bank gov. discuss BoG results
  • [03] Local guild joins 'Stand Up for Journalism'

  • [01] Karamanlis meets finance, marine and island policy ministers

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Monday had a meeting with Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis and Marine and Island Policy Minister George Voulgarakis. After the meeting, Voulgarakis noted the good level of cooperation between his ministry and the finance ministry and said that solutions to several issues had been found.

    According to Voulgarakis, there was a lengthy discussion on the merger of the merchant marine and the former Aegean and Island Policy ministries into a single unit. This had included issues arising from the merging of their respective budgets, use of European funds and their absorption by a single body.

    The minister noted that this was "a very big matter" that needed to be coordinated, adding that there had also been in-depth discussion about the developmental programme to be carried out by the merged ministry, which would include utilisation of all the islands, all issues related to town planning and building on islands in order to ensure a panoramic availability of the sea, the promotion and modernisation of island ports and harbours and their ability to contribute to the national economy.

    Another issue touched on, according to the minister, was that of increasing staff at the ministry.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] FinMin, central bank gov. discuss BoG results

    Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis met on Monday with Bank of Greece Governor Nikos Garganas, who briefed him on the central bank's financial results. After the meeting, held at the finance ministry, Garganas said the Bank of Greece showed considerable profits in the January-September period. Garganas also stated that bank shareholders will receive an increased dividend, while a share capital increase is being prepared through the revaluation of the surplus value of the bank's real estate assets. Caption: Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis (L) with Bank of Greece Governor Nikos Garganas in Athens on Monday, Nov. 5, 2007. ANA-MPA / STR

    [03] Local guild joins 'Stand Up for Journalism'

    The Athens Journalists' Union (ESHEA) has called on its members to participate in a symbolic two-minute work stoppage by journalists at all media throughout Europe, which will last between 2 p.m. (12 GMT) and 2:02 p.m. on Monday.

    The name for the international campaign, "Stand up for Journalism", and is backed by journalists' unions that are members of the international and European journalists' federations.

    According to ESHEA, journalists throughout Europe are raising their voice in protest against the "collapse of the quality of journalism under the pressure of relentless competition and commercialisation that exists within European media enterprises" and the degradation of work conditions through a systematic flouting of collective labour agreements seen throughout Europe.

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