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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-12-23

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM meets honorary ND president C.Mitsotakis
  • [02] Police bus shot in Athens
  • [03] Tourism Minister to visit Australia in January
  • [04] Partnership transformation of OSE
  • [05] Athens Stock Exchange: Rise
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM meets honorary ND president C.Mitsotakis

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met on Tuesday with ruling New Democracy (ND) honorary president and former premier Costas Mitsotakis at the Maximos mansion (government headquarters).

    Mitsotakis noted after the meeting that the global economy, the entire world and Greece are facing major problems, stressing that "in this difficult hour, self restraint is imperative",

    He added that "we all must look at the problem with responsibility, and appraise the real situation, and not act outside the reality.

    "There must be a frank exchange of views and democratic dialogue, which has been lacking in our country," Mitsotakis continued.

    New Democracy has three years ahead of it to govern, and it is its duty to implement it's programme, which the Greek people have voted for, Mitsotakis said, adding that although the government has a slim majority in parliament, it was nevertheless a steadfast majority.

    "Everyone, the political parties and the representatives of the social groups must proceed as responsibly as possible. We must not sink or burn the country," stressed Mitsotakis.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis (R) and New Democracy (ND) honorary president and former premier Costas Mitsotakis(L).

    [02] Police bus shot in Athens

    A police bus with a squad on board was shot at in Athens on Tuesday morning.

    The police van was moving when a shot was heard.

    The bullet was found later lodged near the vehicle's engine.

    The lives of the police officers were not endagered.

    [03] Tourism Minister to visit Australia in January

    Tourism Development Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos will pay an official visit Australia in January.

    On Monday 19 January he will inaugurate in Melbourne an exhibition of Greek painters titled: "Ambassadors of Modern Greek Art - Three generations of painters", which will be held at the Greek museum of Melbourne.

    [04] Partnership transformation of OSE

    The Interministerial Privatisation Committee has formally approved the partnership transformation of the Hellenic Railways Organisation (OSE), in the framework of the Greek Railways Reconstruction programme with the aim, according to an announcement by the transport and communications ministry, to have a more flexible and effective formation.

    According to the Committee's decision OSE, which currently has four subsidiaries (TRAINOSE, ERGOSE, GAIAOSE and EDISY) will only have one, ERGOSE.

    TRAINOSE will become an independent company based on the provisions of EU law on the separation of infrastructure and operation. EDISY will be absorbed by OSE and GAIAOSE by ERGOSE.

    [05] Athens Stock Exchange: Rise

    Athens Stock Exchange: Rise

    Equity prices were rising on Tuesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.11 percent, standing at 1,730.79 points at 12:25 p.m., and turnover at 25.5 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Media, up 3.69 percent; Banks, up 2.47 percent; and Raw Materials, up 1.40 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Insurance, down 3.98 percent; Health, 2.02 percent; and Constructions, down 0.83 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.51 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.46 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.44 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 105 were up, 55 were down, and 41 were unchanged.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Tuesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The government's positions on the international recession and speculation of Cabinet's reshuffle after the holidays dominated the headlines on Tuesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Bold support measures for Small and Medium sized enterprises (SMEs) ".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Justice Ministry initiative: Community service instead of jail".

    AVGHI: "SYRIZA leader Alekos Alavanos press conference- 15 action targets".

    AVRIANI: "People ask for new, honest and competent faces - Costas (Karamanlis) proceed, make the reversal and don't be afraid".

    CHORA: "Lower the prices to heat up the market - National solidarity is imperative in such difficult times".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "PM's holidays of meditation and engrossment because.....the reshuffle time is a difficult one".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Reduction in tax withholdings for salary earners and pensioners from New Year's day".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The two faces of Greece"

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Gloomy news from EU and OECD - Nightmarish predictions on unemployment".

    ESTIA: "After the establishment of normality, the economy is the top priority".

    ETHNOS: "Merchants and consumers in the freezer - Up to 80% reduction in stores' turnover".

    KATHIMERINI: "In search of a 'life jacket' from the EU - ECB considering the possibility of buying Greek and Italian state bonds".

    LOGOS: "2009 will be a difficult year - Karamanlis: The Greek economy is withstanding (the crisis)".

    NIKI: "Karamanlis and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis are targetting main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou".

    RIZOSPASTIS : "Opposition to capital's dominance, and not only against the government".

    TA NEA: "Plunge in turnover freezes the prices - The market in the rhythm of the crisis".

    TO VIMA: "Christmas ceasefire - The mobilizations freeze and the market breathes".

    VRADYNI: "It will take ages of battle to combat the financial crisis - 2009 will be difficult and determinant for the economy".


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