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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-10

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  • [01] 18th Nafplio Classical Music Festival
  • [02] Siemens former executive arrested
  • [03] FM Bakoyannis in Oslo
  • [04] ASE opening : Rise
  • [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] 18th Nafplio Classical Music Festival

    The 18th Nafplion Festival kicks off on June 19th and promises lots of music all the way through to June 28th. This year the Festival, whose artistic director is noted pianist Yannis Vakarelis, is honouring the Scandinavian countries and their artists. In its 18th consecutive year, having been awarded as the best festival of its kind by the association of Music Critics of Greece, the Nafplion Festival features a panorama of unique musical performances staged at four of the city's major venues: PALAMIDI, the Venetian fortress, VOULEFTIKON (the first Hellenic Parliament) and AGHIOS YEORGIOS SQUARE. Internationally acclaimed artists and ensembles appear in this year's concert, including the ROYAL DANISH ORCHESTRA, TRONDHEIM SOLOISTS, MICHALA PETRI, ARILD QUARTET, STOCHOLM BRASS, HELSINKI QUARTET and many others.

    The Festival is organized by PHORMIGX CONCERT AGENCY in collaboration with the Municipality of Nafplion, the Nordic Culture Fund, the Danish Arts Council, and also the Danish, Norwegian, Swedish and Finnish Embassies in Greece.

    [02] Siemens former executive arrested

    Former general director of SIEMENS Hellas Dionyssis Dendrinos was arrested late Tuesday night outside his residence in Pallini, southeast of Athens, charged with fraud against the state.

    The warrant for Dendrinos' arrest was issued on June 4 by the special examiner who is investigating SIEMENS bribery case in Greece.

    Dendrinos, who has a Cypriot passport, was taken to Attica Police Headquarters (GADA) and on Wednesday will be sent before the examining magistrate.

    [03] FM Bakoyannis in Oslo

    Oslo (ANA-MPA/N. Melissova) -- Foreign minister of Greece Dora Bakoyannis paid a lightning visit on Wednesday to Oslo, where she met with her Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store for a discussion of regional and international issues of mutual interest.

    The two foreign ministers discussed, inter alia, ways of tackling the problem of illegal migration, as well as preparation of the two upcoming ministerial summits on the Greek island of Corfu at the end of the month: The NATO-Russia foreign ministers' summit, and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) ministerial summit under the Greek OSCE chairmanship.

    The discussion covered a broad range of topics, with special attention on illegal migration, which is a vital problem for Greece.

    "Norway institutionally and actively, with funding, supports the European Union's efforts for tackling the problem of illegal migration," Bakoyannis said after the 90-minute meeting with Store.

    She added that this cooperation could become even closer regarding the repatriation of illegal migrants, chiefly to Pakistan and Afghanistan, and stressed that particular attention needs to be placed on the humanitarian aspect of the repatriated.

    Preparation of the Corfu ministerial summits on June 27 (NATO-Russia) and 28 (OSCE) and the drafting of their agendas were also discussed, given that Norway will be taking part in both meetings, as it belongs to both NATO and the OSCE.

    The two foreign ministers further expressed satisfaction with their identity of views on a series of regional and international issues, noting that developments in the Middle East, the Balkans, energy security and shipping were among items discussed during their working breakfast.

    Bakoyannis is due to leave for Stockholm on Tuesday evening, where she will take part in an informal dinner to be hosted by Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt for his EU counterparts ahead of Sweden's assumption of the EU presidency on July 1, during which the priorities of the Swedish presidency will be presented.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis

    [04] ASE opening : Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.53 percent, standing at 2,355.27 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 25.2 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Health, up 2.89 percent; Financial Services, up 2.72 percent; Raw Materials, up 2.59 percent and Personal and Household Goods, up 2.05 percent.

    The only losses were in Telecoms, down 0.50 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.74 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.84 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.97 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 105 were up, 15 were down, and 16 were unchanged.

    [05] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' newspapers at a glance

    The additional measures on fiscal policy and reduction of the deficit in Greece announced on Tuesday by FinMin Yannis Papathanassiou, the aftermath of the European Parliament elections and Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' instructions to his Cabinet, and the reduction of mandatory service in the army to nine months, dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: PM says to Ministers "We will change all those things that embittered the citizens".

    APOGEVMATINI: "PM makes hard self-criticism: It's our fault and we must change the things that embittered the citizens".

    AVGHI: "Karamanlis puts on Sarkozy's clothes - He ruled out the possibility of a cooperation with Popular Orthodox Party (LAOS) but adopted its agenda".

    AVRIANI: "Karamanlis turns the page - He put an end to speculations of cooperation with LAOS".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "PM is bothered by leak of ND voters to LAOS and focuses on ways to bring them back".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Mr. Karamanlis, wake up and expel the scoundrels from the party".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Karamanlis gives the signal for anti-LAOS attack - Reshuffle on the horizon".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Karamanlis: Top priority on Law and Order with two new law laws".

    ESTIA: "Considering the abstention rate, the true power of parties is: Main opposition PASOK 18.8 percent and ruling ND 16.6 percent".

    ETHNOS: "Government afraid of Martha's (daughter of Former Siemens Hellas executive Karavelas who fled from Greece to avoid being arrested") photo album - Ruling New Democracy high profile members had close relations with Karavelas family".

    KATHIMERINI: "Karamanlis once more made self-criticism and scolded his ministers".

    LOGOS: "It's our fault and we must change".

    NIKI: "Retirement at 65 for all women - 7-15 extra years of work for the women".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "EU countries' governments decided to impose new harsh measures".

    TA NEA: "Turn to the Right - Karamanlis' nightmare: LAOS and deficits".

    TO VIMA: "3.5 billion euros wanted - Time for new taxes - FinMin Yannis Papathanassiou returns from EcoFin meeting bringing new orders from (EU economic and monetary affairs commissioner) Joaquin Almunia".

    VRADYNI: "It's our fault....we will change" - Karamanlis makes self-criticism and sends ultimatum to Cabinet".

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