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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-06-27

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  • [01] Crucial NATO-Russia Council on Greek island of Corfu
  • [02] University deans' conference
  • [03] ELPE buys BP outlets in Greece

  • [01] Crucial NATO-Russia Council on Greek island of Corfu

    European security and cementing confidence between East and West will be at the crux of two ministerial summits to take place over the weekend on the Greek island of Corfu, with the participation of more than 50 foreign ministers.

    On Saturday afternoon, the NATO-Russia Council will meet, at foreign ministers level, for the first time since the crisis in Georgia, with the aim of consolidating confidence between the two sides and or working out consensus solutions.

    On Sunday, an informal summit of the foreign ministers of the 56 member countries of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has been called by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, Greece's foreign minister Dora Bakoyannis.

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis, who arrives on Corfu on Saturday night, will address a greeting to the OSCE opening session.

    On the sidelines of Saturday's Council, Bakoyannis will hold bilateral meetings with German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, British foreign secretary David Miliband and NATO secretary general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov, and Turkish foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

    After the conclusion of the NATO-Russia meeting, the alliance chief, the Russian foreign minister, and US deputy secretary of state James Steinberg will hold separate press conferences.

    Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who is also attending the meeting, will hold his own press conference.

    [02] University deans' conference

    Education and Religious Affairs Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos addressed the 61st Conference of University Deans in Ioannina, northern Greece, and presented two proposals.

    The first concerns the founding of a university criminal sciences and counter-criminal policy department, while the second regards the preparation of a study and pilot implementation of an electronic management system for the distribution of university books to all universities in the country.

    Spiliotopoulos said that these proposals are being made while taking into consideration the situation shaped in the country and "the need to handle effectively, realistically and in the longterm, and not only through suppression but through prevention as well, social and institutional problems and the causes contributing to the development of crime and lawlessness into a crucial issue of social relations and social peace in Greece, is understandable."

    [03] ELPE buys BP outlets in Greece

    Hellenic Petroleum has announced the acquisition of BPās retail fuel station network in Greece for 359 million euros, including a debt totaling 40 million euros.

    Under the agreement, Hellenic Petroleum will acquire BPās 1,200 petrol stations, storage facilities and the commercial and industrial customersā sector. The deal excludes aviation fuel, lubricants and solar power activities which remain under the ownership of BP. Hellenic Petroleum said around 240 BPās workers would continue working while the remaining staff will continue working in BPās activities in Greece.

    Commenting on deal, E. Christodoulou, Hellenic Petroleumās chairman, said the agreement strengthened the groupās position in the retail petrol market in Greece and would lead to significant synergies.

    Caption: File photo of BP gas station. (EPA/A. Ryan)

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