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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-02-27

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  • [01] Greek inflation slows to 2 pct in January, Eurostat reports
  • [02] Transport minister stresses road safety in Afidnes visit
  • [03] Bakoyannis meetings in NY

  • [01] Greek inflation slows to 2 pct in January, Eurostat reports

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/V.Demiris) - Greek annual inflation slowed to 2.0 pct in January, from 2.2 pct in December 2008, Eurostat said on Friday. The EU executive‚s statistics agency, in a monthly report, said the inflation rate in the Eurozone fell to 1.1 pct in January, from 1.6 pct in December, sharply down from a 3.2 pct figure in January 2008, while in the EU-27, the inflation rate eased to 1.7 pct from 2.2 pct in December and 3.4 pct in January 2008.

    Luxembourg (0.0 pct), Portugal (0.1 pct), Spain and France (0.8 pct each) recorded the lowest inflation rates in January, while Latvia (9.7 pct), Lithuania (9.5 pct) and Romania (6.8 pct) the highest rates. Eurostat said the inflation rate fell in 24 EU member-states, it was unchanged in Holland (1.7 pct) and rose in Lithuania and Romania.

    [02] Transport minister stresses road safety in Afidnes visit

    Transport and Communications Minister Evripidis Stylianidis on Friday visited the national highway toll posts at Afidnes, where he inspected the handing out of a ministry leaflet called "A Practical Guide to the Traffic Code: Red light to violations" to drivers heading out of Athens for the long weekend and 'Clean Monday' holiday.

    Stylianidis also wished several motorists a good weekend and urged them to keep road safety foremost.

    Questioned about the efficacy of fines in deterring traffic violations, Stylianidis said that they did play a deterrent role but that cultivating the right attitudes among drivers, especially the younger and active members of society, was more important.

    The ministry's guide also includes a table of the fines and penalties imposed for violating traffic rules and will be handed out to drivers at the toll posts in Afidnes, Elefsina, Rio and Malgara on Friday and Saturday.

    Holiday weekends such as the one coming up, in which large numbers of people quit Greek cities and head for the countryside, traditionally lead to a substantial spike in traffic accidents on Greek roads, where the average accident rate and resulting death toll are among the highest in Europe.

    [03] Bakoyannis meetings in NY

    New York (ANA-MPA/P. Panagiotou) -- Greek foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis met with the UN secretary general's special envoy on the FYROM name issue, Ambassador Matthew Nimetz, and with the US representative to the UN, Ambassador Susan Rice, in New York on Thursday, in the context of her official visit to the US.

    Bakoyannis met at midnight Thursday (Greek time) with Nimetz, and told reporters after the half-hour talks that the exchanged views on where the issue stood at the present time.

    From the Greek side's point of view, she said, the meeting served as a review, adding that the issue in the present period was stationary.

    It was also noted that the FYROM name talks would be resumed at a time to be designated by Nimetz.

    With Rice, Bakoyannis discussed issues concerning Greece as well as the current Greek chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) during their meeting on Friday morning (Greek time).

    No statements were made after the Bakoyannis-Rice meeting.

    Bakoyannis is scheduled to address the UN Security Council on Friday on the priorities of Greece's OSCE chairmanship.

    Before her address, the Greek foreign minister will also meet with Japan's permanent representative to the UN Ambassador Yukio Takasu, who holds the Security Council presidency for the month of February, and with Russian permanent representative to the UN Vitaly Churkin.

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