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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-11

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Eco groups give high marks to Dimas
  • [02] Robles' season overture at Thessaloniki 2009 meeting
  • [03] FM on illegal migration
  • [04] Fire in Trizina partly contained
  • [05] ASE opening: Decline
  • [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Eco groups give high marks to Dimas

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- European Commissioner for the environment Stavros Dimas was given the highest ranking (7 out of 10) by a group of the world's most influential environmental advocacy groups on Wednesday for, among others, ensuring that the REACH chemicals regulation was not reduced and for his opposition to the Polish government's plans to build a highway through the Rospuda valley nature reserve.

    The evaluation reports were issued by the so-called "Green 10", a coalition that includes the Climate Action Network, Greenpeace and WWF.

    Conversely, the coalition gave the Commission only 4.4 out of 10 for its environmental performance over 2004-09, while criticising Jos├ę Barroso's leadership of Commission.

    [02] Robles' season overture at Thessaloniki 2009 meeting

    The Olympic Champion and World record holder in the 110m hurdles, Cuba's Dayron Robles, was the winner of the 110 hurdles race with 13.30, in his first race of the season at the International track and field meeting "Thessaloniki 2009" held in the Kaftantzoglio Stadium in the northern Greek city on Wednesday, 10 June, 2009. Thessaloniki 2009 is part of a select group of Area meetings at which points can be acquired by athletes to qualify for the IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final, to be held on 12-13 September in Thessaloniki. (ANA-MPA/ Pavlos Makridis)

    [03] FM on illegal migration

    STOCKHOLM (ANA-MPA/N. Melissova) - Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis said in Stockholm on Wednesday that "the big wager for us is a common European policy on the readmission of illegal immigrants, including the humanitarian dimension. It is an issue that we are raising everywhere, we raised it in Stockholm and in Oslo and we shall also raise it at the European Council in Brussels next week."

    The foreign minister arrived in the Swedish capital at the invitation of her Swedish counterpart Carl Bildt, in light of the assumption of the European Union presidency by Sweden on July 1.

    Speaking to reporters shortly before an informal dinner given by Bildt for 14 of his EU counterparts to outline the Swedish presidency's priorities for them, Bakoyannis said "Sweden is being called on to handle a crucial six-month period, not only at institutional level, as is the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty, but also for issues of Greek concern."

    The Foreign Minister reminded that within this six-month period the evaluation of Turkey will be taking place, the prospects of the Western Balkans will be discussed once again and decisions will be taken on such issues as illegal immigration for which "we are requesting substantive European solidarity and a common policy."

    Asked about the issue of readmission, she said that "the big wager is the conclusion of agreements with countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan. This was the major issue of discussion both here and in Norway. We must agree that we shall sign readmission agreements as the EU, so that there shall be a unified European policy which, however, must always have its humanitarian dimension as well, namely that these people will make a new start on returning to their countries."

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

    [04] Fire in Trizina partly contained

    A fire that broke out on Wednesday noon in Trizina, northeastern Peloponnese was partly contained on Thursday morning, after burning 70 hectares of forestland and olive trees.

    Twelve manned fire engines and two ground force teams are on the spot to fully contain the fire.

    Meanwhile, a fire that broke out between Ano Kerassia and Makrynitsa, in Pelio, was extinguished late Wednesday, but a ground team of firefighters remained on the spot throughout the night to intervene in the event of a rekindling. The blaze, in an inaccessible spread of forestland, burned low brush.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo

    [05] ASE opening: Decline

    Equity prices were mixed at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 0.64 percent, standing at 2,361.02 points at 10:45 a.m., and turnover at 20.2 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest losses in Travel & Recreation, down 1.52 percent; Commerce, down 1.47 percent; and Public Utilities, down 1.30 percent.

    The biggest gains were in Raw Materials, up 1.69 percent; Personal & Household Goods, up 1.50 percent; and Chemicals, up 0.61 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.79 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 0.42 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.28 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 48 were up, 45 were down, and 15 were unchanged.

    [06] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) party leader George Karatzeferis' overture to ruling New Democracy MPs , the government 's measures to stem illegal migration and optimism on the end of the financial crisis, dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Scientific study: The men are being 'feminised' - Toxic substances, estrogen and medicines causing genetic changes to Y (male) chromosome".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Government putting up its sleeves and getting to work- Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis' instructions will be implemented immediately".

    AVGHI: "Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) party has roots in the society - Political Bureau meeting discusses Eur´elections results and political developments".

    CHORA: "As ND in its entirety turns its back on him, Karatzaferis persists".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "LAOS ready to take in ND's 'black sheep'."

    ELEFTHEROS : "Karatzaferis to Karamanlis: You're opening the way to main opposition PASOK party to win the national elections - ND leadership, ministers says 'no' to a cooperation with LAOS".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Athens district of Aghios Panteleimonas a war zone - Social 'volcano' comprising ultra-Right members, migrants and residents".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Civil war among the Right wing parties - But some ND deputies 'winking' at LAOS for cooperation".

    ESTIA: "The economy is now the top priority"

    ETHNOS: "Karatzaferis giving ND a hard time - Government in chaos after Karatzaferis overture".

    KATHIMERINI: "Government preparing new package of measures against illegal migration".

    LOGOS: "The gap between ND and LAOS widens - Government putting stop on all talk of cooperation between the two parties".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "¤rganised response by the working class necessary before precious time is lost".

    TA NEA: "While ND is in chaos, ministers attempt to put pressure on Karamanlis to take immediate initiatives".

    TO VIMA: "Codename: Law and Order - Government will immediately impose measures on illegal migrants - Government takes action to halt LAOS party's rising popularity".

    VRADYNI: "Euroelections result ignites clash between government and LAOS".


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