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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-04

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  • [01] Missing 14-year-old girl found safe
  • [02] Interior Ministry on immigration, asylum
  • [03] Greek Shipowners Union on piracy
  • [04] Agro Minister in Brussels
  • [05] ASE opening: Rise
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Missing 14-year-old girl found safe

    A 14-year-old girl reported missing since Monday morning has been found in the town of Asprovalta, in the northern prefecture of Thessaloniki. According to a statement made to the ANA-MPA by a senior police officer, the girl telephoned to her father on Tuesday evening and asked him to go and pick her up.

    The girl is in good health and was due to explain the reasons for her disappearance to her family and to the police.

    The girl had set out with her twin sister to go to school on Monday morning, but later on she had left her without saying anything. An employee of the KTEL regional bus service had told police that the girl had bought a ticket for the city of Thessaloniki, without any more information being available.

    [02] Interior Ministry on immigration, asylum

    The Interior ministry has issued a booklet titled "European pact on Immigration and Asylum", that includes the pact ratified at the European Union's summit last October and handles the issues of immigration, asylum and the shielding of the EU's external borders. The publication is issued in three languages, in Greek, English and French.

    With the ratification of this text, the EU is taking an important step towards its integration in the sector of immigration and asylum. It is a useful publication for people living in Greece and not knowing the Greek language.

    [03] Greek Shipowners Union on piracy

    Greek Shipowners Union (EEE) President Nikos Efthymiou, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, termed piracy a curse, adding that piracy has preoccupied the EEE a great deal, as well as many countries.

    As the result of an initiative by the International Maritime Organisation's (IMO) secretary general Mitropoulos and the UN, an effort has begun and there has been considerable activity to tackle the problem.

    In parallel, the European Union has also become sensitised over the problem, while the Greek government was among the first to send a warship to the region where there is an upsurge of the phenomenon and now the Greek government is participating in the EU's operation "Atalanta" to combat piracy, he added.

    Efthymiou also referred to the economic crisis, stressing that it is affecting shipping, but shipping has no responsibility for it since it is a crisis of the international monetary system. The violent collapse of dry cargo markets, as he said, is the result of reduced consumption.

    [04] Agro Minister in Brussels

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/V. Demiris) - Agriculture Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis stressed in a written statement on Tuesday that "in all my contacts in Brussels I am waging a struggle for the best possible for Greek agriculture, with self-confidence, with seriousness and with reliable arguments, without superficial and dangerous populisms for domestic consumption."

    He further said that during his meeting with the relevant Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel on Wednesday he "will be defending all the crucial problems of Greek agriculture that have resulted from the losses of the entire year of 2008."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Agriculture Minister Sotiris Hatzigakis

    [05] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), influenced by the major European markets, with the basic share price index up 0.54 percent, standing at 1,740.35 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 7.6 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward nearly across the board, with the only losses in Travel & Recreation, down 1.06 percent.

    The biggest gains in Construction, up 2.47 percent; Financial Services, up 2.02 percent; Banks, up 1.21 percent; and Industrial Products, up 1.09 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.75 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.58 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.13 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 46 were up, 8 were down, and 42 were unchanged.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The armed attack against a police station, and scuffles between riot police and protesting farmers at Piraeus port mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "New murderous attack against police officers - The evidence points at 'Revolutionary Struggle' terrorist group".

    APOGEVMATINI: "10,964 hirings in public sector - Permanent and seasonal positions".

    AVGHI: "Coalition of the Left (SYRIZA) leader states at his visit at Promachonas blockade: A new farmers' movement is necessary".

    AVRIANI: "Justice Minister Nikos Dendias with a new regulation puts an end to citizens' detention for up to 150,000 euros in debts to the state".

    CHORA: "19 bullets with Revolutionary Struggle's signature - Fires shot at a police station in Korydallos".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Individuals, possibly terrorists, shot repeatedly against a police station".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Government in shambles - The moratorium in ruling New Democracy party lasted only for a short period".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Scuffles between riot police and protesting farmers from Crete at Piraeus port".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Pathetic government - Riot police launched teargas in the presence of George Papandreou (main opposition PASOK leader)".

    ESTIA: "The crisis is being re-fueled - Psychology is of great importance".

    ETHNOS: "Government of flashes and bangs - Riot police greeted Papandreou with teargas".

    KATHIMERINI: "10,500 euros tax-free ceiling reinstated - Friction in government over the prevailing speculation on early general elections".

    LOGOS: "Riot police used teargas and chemicals during George Papandreou's arrival at Piraeus port".

    NIKI: "Bullying at the Port - Riot police threw chemicals at Papandreou".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Working class unity and counterattack against plutocracy".

    TA NEA: "Government and riot police's preposterous actions".

    TO VIMA: "Tears and rage......Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou was also a victim of the teargas used by riot police against farmers from Crete in Piraeus".

    VRADYNI: "Justice Ministry amendment to abolish detention of citizens for debts to the state of up to 150,000 euros".

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