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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-19

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  • [01] Papandreou chairs SI environment session in London
  • [02] Lesvos olive oil wins top quality award

  • [01] Papandreou chairs SI environment session in London

    Main opposition PASOK and Socialist International (SI) President George Papandreou chairs the first meeting of an SI session here on the subject of a "viable global society", which will take place at 10 Downing St., the residence and office of the British Prime Minister and Labour Party leader Gordon Brown.

    The meeting began on Monday morning and was attended by the British PM and three members of his government. The session will be completed with a working lunch hosted by the British prime minister.

    The SI environment committee meets a few days before the UN Conference on climate change on Dec. 3-14, with the purpose of adopting a set of proposals to be submitted to the United Nations.

    The establishment of the Viable Global Society Committee was decided at a SI council in Santiago, Chile on Nov. 6-7, 2006, and ratified at the Geneva council on June 29-30, 2007. Coordinators are former Chilean president UN special envoy on climate change, Ricardo Lagos, as well as former Swedish premier Goran Persson.

    Caption: File photo of main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou. ANA-MPA.

    [02] Lesvos olive oil wins top quality award

    The first prize of the International Olive Oil Council, the "Mario Solinas 2007" Quality Award in the medium fruitiness olive oil category, was won by a producer based in the town of Plomari on the eastern Aegean island of Lesvos.

    The firm Rafteli-Protouli M. Co was honored with the distinction.

    Commendations in the extra virgin olive oil category were also picked up by the Agricultural Cooperative Aggelianon and Cretan Natural Products Bios Aplous, both based in Rethymno, on the large island of Crete, for the high score they garnered in the same category.

    The Mario Solinas quality awards for extra virgin olive oils are acclaimed internationally. The award ceremony was held in Madrid within the framework of the 95th International Olive Oil Conference.

    A total of 73 high quality olive oils from Greece, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Spain, France, Iran, Italy, Portugal, Syria and Tunisia were featured in the 7th annual competition, with only six honored after receiving the highest score in the three categories of intense, medium and slight fruitiness.

    Caption: Several varieties of locally produced olives are on sale at Athens' main Varvakios market, in a file photo dated Thursday, March 2, 2006. ANA-MPA / PANTELIS SAITAS.

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