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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-07

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  • [01] PASOK leader confers with BoG gov.
  • [02] Court ruling giving Vistonida land to State issued on Friday
  • [03] Building activity down 21.3% in Aug.

  • [01] PASOK leader confers with BoG gov.

    Economic developments in the light of the international financial crisis were discussed in a lengthy meeting between main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou and Bank of Greece Gov. George Provopoulos on Friday. Upon his arrival at the PASOK leader's office, Provopoulos referred to Thursday's interest rate reduction by the European Central Bank, ECB. Papandreou responded that he had a number of contacts at the European and international level during the past few days, and both men agreed that there is widespread pessimism in the economic sector. Caption: PASOK leader George Papandreou (R) with BoG Gov. George Provopoulos in Athens on Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. ANA-MPA / K. MAVRONA

    [02] Court ruling giving Vistonida land to State issued on Friday

    A decision reached by a Rodopi First-instance Court that awards ownership of the land in and around Lake Vistonida to the Greek State, with the exception of the Ada Buru islet, was issued on Friday after a delay of several years.

    The order to issue the 2003 court ruling was given by Supreme Court Vice-President Ioannis Papanikolaou, inspector of courts, who conducted a disciplinary inquiry into the case and said that the failure to issue the ruling originally reached by the court was irregular and not justified by the fact that the State had voluntarily waived its claim to the property.

    The ruling was issued on Friday by the same court but with a new panel of judges and consisted of some 60 pages.

    Meanwhile, Supreme Court deputy prosecutor Anastasios Kanellopoulos has concluded a disciplinary and criminal inquiry into the actions of the Rodopi court president of that time, current appellate judge Maria Psalti, which culminated in the decision not to issue the court's ruling.

    Kanellopoulos is expected to compile a report on his findings once the probe into the Vatopedi monastery land swap agreements - many of which concerned the Lake Vistonida property - is completed by a Parliamentary investigation committee.

    The Parliamentary investigation committee has requested copies of the evidence files put together by Kanellopoulos and Papanikolaou, which are expected to be sent to Parliament on Monday.

    [03] Building activity down 21.3% in Aug.

    Building activity dropped 21.3-percent in August, compared with the same month last year, with the number of building permits issued in the month falling by 19.2 percent, the National Statistics Service announced on Friday.

    The statistics service, in a report, said building activity in the private sector fell 15.8 pct in the January-August period (in volume), compared with the corresponding period last year, while the number of permits issued fell by 17.1 pct.

    In total, building activity in the public and private sectors fell by 15.7 pct in volume and 16.9 pct in permits in the eight-month period.

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