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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-30

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM accepts Obama invitation for US visit
  • [02] PPC, Terna sign Rhodes power plant deal
  • [03] Hellenic Postbank eyes expansion
  • [04] Illegals removed from 2 bldgs

  • [01] PM accepts Obama invitation for US visit

    The government spokesman on Thursday stated that Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis has accepted an invitation by US President Barack Obama to visit the United States, an invitation made during their bilateral meeting in Strasbourg recently.

    The spokesman added that details for such meetings are being decided via diplomatic channels.

    Spokesman Evangelos Antonaros made the comment when asked whether the prime minister will make a formal visit to the United States, where a decision will be made on Greece's inclusion in the visa waiver programme offered by America.

    As regards the personal data of the Greek citizens and whether they will be place at the disposal of the US agencies, Antonaros stressed that Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis made detailed observations on the issue while in Corfu last month.

    He stated that countries cooperate within the framework of international treaties and that Greece fully respects human rights and individual freedoms.

    Antonaros dismissed as "fiction" press speculation on a likely meeting in the United States between the PM and his Turkish counterpart.

    [02] PPC, Terna sign Rhodes power plant deal

    Public Power Corp. SA (PPC) and Terna SA on Thursday signed a contract for the supply and installation of an electricity production energy unit, with a capacity of 115.4 MW, at Plaka-Steni in the island of Rhodes. The plant will reportedly use low-sulphur diesel as fuel.

    The contract was signed by PPC chairman and chief-executive Panagiotis Athanassopoulos and Terna chief executive Georgios Peristeris.

    Commenting on the project, the PPC chief said the project would contribute to the economic development and prosperity of the popular tourist destination, fully covering the island's needs for electricity power in the long-term, in a reliable, economic and environment-friendly manner.

    He said that was implementing a five-year business plan to invest 2.9 billion euros in power production on various Greek islands.

    [03] Hellenic Postbank eyes expansion

    Hellenic Postbank on Thursday announced a plan to set up three new subsidiaries with activities in real estate, leasing, communications services, strategic planning and management of environmental and sustainable development projects.

    The bank is promoting an image of an "alternative bank" in Greece, seeking to gain market shares in retail and other banking services.

    [04] Illegals removed from 2 bldgs

    Dozens of foreign nationals, most reportedly Third World migrants, living in squalid conditions were evacuated from two old buildings in downtown Athens on Thursday during a police raid and the dispatch of special cleaning crews, given that the dilapidated buildings were declared a public health risk.

    Police raided the pair of buildings -- one near Koumoundourou Square and the other off Omonia square -- arrested a total 86 illegal migrants, 56 in the first building and 30 in the second one.

    One man was charged with attempting to attack a police officer with a switchblade, before he was quickly disarmed. He will face a court on Friday while the rest of the illegal migrants will reportedly be deported.

    A police search of the first building on Sachtouri Street revealed a number of knives and a total of 40 grams of heroin, while a personal computer used to make fake passports was discovered in the second building on Verantzerou Street.

    The owners of the buildings will also face charges for undeclared income as they allegedly charged 5-7 euros a day per occupant in buildings lacking electricity and running water.


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