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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-11-19

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  • [01] PM to meet with Slovak president
  • [02] Farmers and tobacco producers block national highways
  • [03] ASE: Minor fluctuations
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM to meet with Slovak president

    Prime ̀inister Costas Karamanlis will meet on Wednesday with visiting Slovak president Ivan Gasparovic.

    Earlier, Karamanlis will chair a meeting of his ruling New Democracy (ND) party's parliamentary committee on the theme "International financial crisis: Challenge of responsibility for everyone".

    Presentations will be made by economy and finance minister George Alogoskoufis and development minister Christos Folias, while the meeting will end with an address by Karamanlis.

    Other speakers, who will outline the positions and proposals of their federations, include General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) president Yannis Panagopoulos, Civil Servants' Supreme Administrative Council (ADEDY) president Spyros Papaspyros, Federation of Greek Industries (SEB) president Dimitris Daskalopoulos, and Central Union of Chambers of Greece president George Kassimatis.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of prime minister Costas Karamanlis

    [02] Farmers and tobacco producers block national highways

    Protesting farmers closed off on Wednesday the Rio - Antirrio national highway at the 79th km., and police were diverting traffic.

    Tobacco producers from Fthiotis prefecture closed off on Wednesday the Athens-Lamia national highway at the 210th kilometer, outside Lamia , forcing traffic to use bypasses while tobacco producers from Lokrida have blocked the same national highway at the 140th kilometer at the Atalanti interchange.

    Farmers are awaiting the outcome of negotiations in the EU on tobacco subsidies to prepare their next moves. The tobacco farmers are demanding continuation of EU subsidies for tobacco production, warning that if their demands aren't adopted by the EU, the losses will be immense, and losses to their family incomes will reach 83 percent by 2013

    [03] ASE: Minor fluctuations

    Equity prices were fluctuating on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.38 percent, standing at 1,917.90 points at 12:15 p.m., and turnover at 38.9 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest losses in Health, down, 1,43 percent; Food & Beverage, down 1.13 percent; and Telecoms, down 1.08 percent.

    The biggest gains were in Insurance, up 4.76 percent; Raw Materials, up 0.80 percent; and Travel and Recreation, up 0.69 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.02 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.07 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.82 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 62 were up, 60 were down, and 44 were unchanged.

    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The projection of Vatopedi monastery controversial video tape in parliament and reactions, and FYROM's new provocations against Greece dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Development Minister Christos Folias prohibited any increase in Public Power Corporation(PPC) rates".

    APOGEVMATINI: "12,977 job opportunities in the public sector".

    AVGHI:"State Budget can afford to give (money) to bankers but not to the citizens".

    AVRIANI: "Frame by frame, the video of the blackmailing".

    CHORA: "The government is leading the public hospitals to penury".

    ELEFTHEROS : "The popular left wing rises up again, calls on Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis to take immediate relief measures for the weaker strata".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Vatopedi monastery controversial video tape was screened privately twice".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Crash in Health sector - While the hospitals' debts pile up and the patients agonize, the government remains idle".

    ESTIA: "FYROM's position is preposterous -Who is really violating the interim agreement".

    ETHNOS: "The trick with the Olympics estates - The gift to Abbot Ephraim was premeditated".

    KATHIMERINI: "The fact finding commission is being led to disgrace - Phraseology and morals of the underworld prevailed during the screening of Vatopedi videotape".

    LOGOS: "The controversial video has been scissored - The atmosphere among the MPs was tense - Disagreement over the presence of journalists".

    NIKI: "Sacred transactions in the limelight - Tremendous revelations at the fact finding commission".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Give the money to the people, not to plutocracy - The draft law for 28 billion euros to the banks to be tabled in parliament".

    TA NEA: "The 'close friends' unsheathed the knives - Parastate 'aroma' in Vatopedi".

    TO VIMA: "The next two crashes will be in Health and Education -Government fears new social explosions".

    VRADYNI: "Ruling New Democracy (ND) MP's charge: Underworld SA - Main opposition PASOK and SYRIZA make 'full speed retreat' regarding the 'reliable' key witnesses that were called to testify before parliament's fact finding commission on the Vatopedi monastery affair".

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