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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-08-25

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  • [01] PM thanks fire-fighting pilots
  • [02] ‘rade deficit down 43.6%
  • [03] Damage survey begins

  • [01] PM thanks fire-fighting pilots

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis visited the fire-fighting aircraft base in Elefsina on Monday, accompanied by Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis and other ministry officials.

    "I am expressing the feelings of all Greek citizens in extending to you a big thank you for your contribution to the country, to Greek society, for all that you are doing for the protection of our forests, our natural environment, the property of citizens and mainly, of course, human life," the prime minister said at the western Attica airbase.

    Karamanlis also thanked the men and women of the fire brigade, Greek Police, the armed forces, volunteers and local administration, who are combatting wildfires.

    "With the self-denial and the heroism that you are displaying in performing your duty you are sending a message of contribution and solidarity to society in its entirety," he said, adding that this is very important in our times because all this, unfortunately, is not self-evident.

    Caption: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis thanks fire-fighting aircraft pilots at the Elefsina base on Monday 24 August 2009. ANA-MPA / G. Antoniou

    [02] ‘rade deficit down 43.6%

    Greece's merchandised trade deficit shrank by 43.6 pct in June to 2.321 billion euros, from 4.116 billion euros in the corresponding month last year, the National Statistical Service said on Tuesday.

    The statistics agency, in a report, said the trade deficit -excluding oils- fell by 25.7 pct or 803.5 million euros and stressed that the trade deficit reflected a 37.8 pct drop in import-arrivals and a 22.6 pct fall in export-deliveries in June.

    The trade deficit in the January-June period totaled 12.172 billion euros, from 21.742 billion euros in June 2008, for a decline of 44 pct, while excluding oils the deficit fell by 3.808 billion euros or 24.3 pct in the same period. Greek exports fell by 18.4 pct in the six-month period, while import-arrivals dropped by 36.8 pct.

    [03] Damage survey begins

    Ňnvironment, public works and town planning ministry engineers on Tuesday began surveying fire-stricken areas of northeastern Attica to record damages. According to ministry's first estimates, announced on Monday, 150 residences suffered damages
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