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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-29

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

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  • [01] Green rooftop at Economy Min.
  • [02] ANA-MPA at EANA seminar

  • [01] Green rooftop at Economy Min.

    Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis and Deputy FinMin Yannis Papathanassiou presented on Monday the ministry's "green rooftop".

    The Ministry is the first to convert its roof into green area, with the planting of suitable plants capable of withstanding all weather conditions.

    The rooftop area is 650 sq. meters and cost approximately 40,000 euros. It was constructed in order to contribute to improvement of the environment in downtown Athens, energy conservation and also reduce the building's maintenance costs.

    The green rooftop has already resulted in a 6 percent decrease in the building's annual airconditioning needs and a 2 percent reduction in its heating needs.

    Alogoskoufis and Papathanassiou stressed that the ministry's initiative is a sequel of the programme " Green life in the city' which was planned in coordination with the Attica periphery, and is incorported in National Strategic Reference Framework 2007-2013.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Economy and Finance Ministry in Athens

    [02] ANA-MPA at EANA seminar

    The internet TV service of Greece's national news agency ANA-MPA was presented at the European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) seminar on "innovation by news agencies" held within the framework of the organization's 52nd General Assembly meeting in Nice, France on September 24-26, 2008. The ANA-MPA representatives participating in the seminar outlined the goals of the new service pointing out that the specific investment is low-cost even though it is based on high-tech applications, while the objective set is to cover expenses through advertisements and subscriptions by private companies active in the sector of internet. They also referred to the methods followed to promote the new service and present it to prospective buyers while official data showed that the number of visitors multiplied in just a few months after the service was launched. Innovations scheduled to take place shortly such as, morning news bulletins and customized video, were also presented. The EANA general assembly also elected the organization's presiding board headed by the general director of the Hungarian news agency (MIT). The general assembly and seminar attended news agency presidents and chief executives from 31 European news agencies.

    Caption : ANA-MPA's pavillion at Thessaloniki International Fair 2008


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