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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-23

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  • [01] Patriarch of All Africa visits Libya
  • [02] Memorandum of cultural cooperation with Eton College
  • [03] Emporiki Bank declines use of state assistance
  • [04] Ladino Congress in Thessaloniki

  • [01] Patriarch of All Africa visits Libya

    CAIRO (ANA-MPA / N. Katsikas) -- Patriarch Theodoros II of Alexandria and All Africa, accompanied by a Patriarchate delegation, are on a visit to Libya as of Thursday. The head of the Orthodox Church of Africa was formally received at the Tripoli airport on Wednesday by Metropolitan Theophylaktos, diplomatic officials and local Greek community representatives.

    [02] Memorandum of cultural cooperation with Eton College

    A memorandum of cultural cooperation was signed between the Greek ministry of culture and the historical Eton College in London on Wednesday in the presence of Culture Minister Michalis Liapis and the institution's president. The agreement provides for the establishment of a lasting forum and a centre for the promotion of ancient and contemporary Greek culture through special events such as seminars, symposiums, lectures, and student exchange programmes. Within the framework of the same agreement Greece will participate in the financing of an ancient and Modern Greek language centre. "Foundations were laid for Greece's cooperation with one of the most significant and historical education institutions in the world," Liapis stressed, adding that an agreement was signed to create a centre of culture, while pointing out that culture is a bridge of communication between that allows for mutual understanding. Minister Liapis toured the college campus and its famous library where rare books and manuscripts are being kept among them a copy of Odyssey published in 1442. Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI.

    [03] Emporiki Bank declines use of state assistance

    Emporiki Bank, a member of the Credit Agricole Group, said in an announcement on Thursday that it would not make use of the state assistance measures recently announced by the Greek government for amelioration of the repercussions of the global credit crisis.

    "Emporiki will not need to make use of the Greek government's measures," an announcement by the bank said, "given that it already enjoys, and will continue to enjoy, the backing of Credit Agricole", adding that "the Credit Agricole Group has already opted to make partial use of the French government's plan, which has been formulated on the basis of the guidelines set out by the European Commission".

    Emporiki noted, however, that it viewed the plan for state support of the credit system and financing of the economy that was recently presented by the economy and finance minister and the governor of the Bank of Greece, the country's central bank, as "particularly positive" and would "further ensure the smooth operation of the Greek banking system and trouble-free financing of the Greek economy in the present, adverse conditions".

    The announcement also stressed that Emporiki Bank would continue to work closely with the Greek authorities and the other Greek banks for ensuring the effectiveness of the measures announced and will be placed in effect by the Greek government.

    It is noted that governments through the world, including Greece, have announced measures to fortify banks due to the impact of the international credit crisis and the liquidity problems arising in the global banking system.

    [04] Ladino Congress in Thessaloniki

    The 4th International Congress on Ladino (Judeo-Spanish, the language of the Sephardic Jews), entitled "Judeo-Spanish satirical texts written by Thessaloniki Jews", will be held in Thessaloniki from Oct. 26 to 28.

    The congress will focus on the language and the traditions that were brought to Thessaloniki, the biggest metropolis in the Macedonia province for two millennia, in the 15th century by the Sephardic Jews, after their expulsion from Spain. The Ladino language and culture evolved into an inalienable part of the identity of the Jews of Thessaloniki and of the city itself.

    The event is organised by Jewish community of Thessaloniki and is sponsored by the Cervantes Institute of Athens as well as the Madrid-based Casa Sefarad-Israel organisation.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Thessaloniki's landmark White Tower, on the city's seafront.

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