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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-11-25

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

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  • [01] French research ship docks at Flisvos
  • [02] Optimism over bank prospects

  • [01] French research ship docks at Flisvos

    (ANA-MPA) -- The French scientific research ship "Tara" was due to dock in southern coastal Athens' Flisvos marina on Wednesday, where it will remain until Sunday.

    The vessel's 15-member crew is made up of oceanographers, biologists, geneticists and other experts from distinguished scientific research centers.

    Its three-year mission, "Tara Oceans", to all the seas of the world was launched on Sept. 5, 2009 from the port of Lorient in Brittany and will be completed in 2012, having covered a total of 150,000 kms (81,000 nautical miles) and visiting roughly 50 countries.

    The next scheduled stop of the ship will be Larnaca, Cyprus on Dec. 4 before heading for Lebanon and Egypt en route to the Indian Ocean.

    "Tara Oceans" is an international mission organised by Tara Expeditions and an international scientific consortium under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

    The mission will attempt to provide answers to climate issues and further knowledge on marine biodiversity by studying microscopic life in the oceans to understand its impact on the climate of the planet.

    The goal is to inform the public about the vital role of oceans while boosting environmental awareness particularly among children.

    [02] Optimism over bank prospects

    Hellenic Bank Association president Takis Arapoglou, who is also the CEO of National Bank of Greece, on Wednesday expressed optimism over the course and outlook of Greek banks.

    Speaking to reporters, the Greek banker emphasised that "rumours of the past few days related to the impact of the economic crisis, especially in view of the gradual withdrawal of extraordinary measures supporting liquidity by the ECB, are exaggerated, to say the least.

    "Whoever is spreading such rumours is ignoring the measures that Greek banks have already taken in coordination with the Bank of Greece, so as to protect their capital adequacy and to create liquidity reserves, so as to replace, in a timely fashion, whatever liquidity has been raised from the ECB."

    He added that recent third quarter results as well as the unprecedented and successful access of all major banks in international capital markets left no doubt over the positive outlook of Greek banks.


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