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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-09

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  • [01] GEO international symposium on Earth Observation Services
  • [02] Inflation posts decline in May

  • [01] GEO international symposium on Earth Observation Services

    A three-day international scientific symposium on the theme "Earth Observation Services for Monitoring the Environment and Protecting the General Public" is taking place at the University of Athens' main auditorium, running through Wednesday, co-organised by the Athens National Observatory, the Greek chapter of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the GEO General Secretariat based in Geneva, and the Mariopoulio-Kanagineio Foundation for Environmental Sciences.

    Taking part in the Symposium are 14 countries of the region -- Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, Lebanon, Moldova, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Turkey -- with two delegates each -- one scientist and one environment ministry official.

    The representatives of the Balkan and eastern Mediterranean countries will discuss issues of common interest regarding the observation of Earth and environmental protection.

    The GEO is an inter-governmental organisation comprising 77 member countries, the EU, the UN and 46 international organisations, whose purpose is to collect and organise all Earth observations globally into a single data base, the GEOSS (GEO System of Systems). so as to facilitate governments and scientific institutions in the precise evaluation and taking of appropriate decisions on the major environmental issues such as Natural Disasters, Earth and Desertification, Health, Energy, Climate, Water Resources, Meteorology, and Atmosphere, Ecosystems and Biodiversity.

    Attending the Symposium are GEO secretarial director Prof. Jose Achache, the head of Athens' National Observatory Prof. Christos Zerefos, Athens National and Kapodistrian University deputy-rector Prof. Demosthenes Assimakopoulos, European Environmental Agency (EEA) acting executive director Dr. Gordon McInnes, and a European Space Agency (ESA) official.

    CAption:A file picture dated 01 August 2007 shows fish swimming along a coral reef near a water bottle label and a plastic bag off the coast of the Red Sea resort town of Naama Bay, Egypt.ANA-MPA/ EPA/MIKE NELSON EPA

    [02] Inflation posts decline in May

    Inflation in Greece fell to a new low in May, falling to 0.5 percent from 1.0 percent in the preceding month of April, according to figures released on Tuesday by the National Statistics Bureau (ESYE).

    More specifically, the Consumer Price Index (CPI) posted a 0.5 percent increase in May 2009 year-on-year over May 2008, ESYE said.

    Also, the CPI posted a 0.2 percentage point increase in May 2009 over April 2009, against a 0.7 percent rise in May 2008 over April 2008.

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