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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-11

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

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  • [01] Nat'l dialogue on education begins
  • [02] Cypriot exhibition of antiquities
  • [03] Greek stocks end 0.85% down

  • [01] Nat'l dialogue on education begins

    A closely watched "national dialogue<font size="3" face="Times New Roman">" by the government and political parties<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> on education<font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> reforms<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> was formally launched at the Zappeion Hall in <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">central <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">Athens on Wednesday<font size="3" face="Times New Roman">, with the absence of the <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">Communist Party of Greece (KKE), <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">the <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) and representatives<font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> of educators' unions. Launching the proceedings, Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos reiterated that "there is no expediency, political party rivalry or pre-ordained<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> decisions<font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> ... <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">Achieving broad political and social consensus on the suggested solutions considering that they are close to reality, well-documented and long-lasting, is a realistic target<font size="3" face="Times New Roman">."<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">. Referring to secondary education sector<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">, the minister stated that the goal is to make the <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">high school<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> an <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">"<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">autonomous education<font size="3" face="Times New Roman">al unit"<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> with a complete syllabus, adding that curriculum should be cut to include only a few mandatory courses and more <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">electives.<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> As regards the university admission exams, he underlined that the goal is to ensure the<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> mass access to tertiary education, equal university access opportunities for all, <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">a reliable examination system, involvement of university institutions in student selection, and the <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">gradual elimination of substitute education. Primary and Secondary Education Council President Prof.<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> George Babiniotis stressed that the daily agenda of dialogue will not be binding <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">or have no specific timetable, pointing out that discussions will last at least six months.

    [02] Cypriot exhibition of antiquities

    NICOSIA (ANA-MPA) -- Cyprus President Demetris Christofias <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">will arrive in<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek"> Athens on March 18 to inaugurate a<font size="3" face="Times New Roman">n exhibition <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">of Cypriot antiquities at the National Archaeological Museum <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">in Athens, <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">together with Greek President Karolos Papoulias. A total of 250 artifacts<font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">, covering the entire spectrum of Cypriot antiquity and highlighting the unity of <font size="3" face="Times New Roman">Hellenic <font size="3" face="Times New Roman Greek">civili<font size="3" face="Times New Roman">sation, will constitute one of the permanent collections of the museum. Audio-visual material available to visitors will offer additional information on Cypriot antiquity. Caption: ANA-MPA

    [03] Greek stocks end 0.85% down

    Greek stocks ended lower in the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday as investors took profits after Tuesday's spectacular advance. The composite index of the market fell 0.85 pct to end at 1,538.17 points, with turnover an improved 156.6 million euros, of which 21.3 million euros were block trades.

    Most sectors moved lower, with the Health (3.48 pct), Utilities (2.93 pct) and Raw Materials (2.71 pct) suffering the heaviest percentage losses of the day, while Telecommunications (2.45 pct), Oil (1.34 pct) and Food/Beverage (1.34 pct) scored gains.

    The FTSE 20 index fell 1.05 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 0.80 pct down and the FTSE 80 index eased 0.40 pct. Broadly, advancers led decliners by 112 to 90 with another 55 issues unchanged.


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