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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-03

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] President Papoulias on upcoming Copenhagen con'f
  • [02] Apostolos Tamvakakis appointed National Bank's managing director
  • [03] Outstanding 20th century engravings to be displayed in Thessaloniki
  • [04] Barroso on FYROM name issue
  • [05] ASE opening: Rise
  • [06] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] President Papoulias on upcoming Copenhagen con'f

    PRAGUE (ANA-MPA/N.Megadoukas) - President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias said here on Wednesday night that Greece was aiming at a "comprehensive agreement, legally binding" at the upcoming Copenhagen World Conference on Climate Change.

    Addressing an official dinner hosted by Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Papoulias said that it was the duty of all, and especially of the European Union, "to respond decisively to the challenge presented by an acute international problem such as climate change."

    "Climate change constitutes the most important environmental, social as well as economic challenge to our planet," President Papoulias said, adding: "Despite errors and ommissions of the past, we must, even now, go to Copenhagen with the necessary political will, so that our vision becomes a reality."

    [02] Apostolos Tamvakakis appointed National Bank's managing director

    The National Bank's board decided on Wednesday to appoint Apostolos Tamvakakis as the bank's managing director and Vassilis Rapanos to the post of president. According to a relevant announcement, Rapanos is an Athens University professor and Tamvakakis is an economist.

    [03] Outstanding 20th century engravings to be displayed in Thessaloniki

    Two hundred works by noted artists of the 20th century, some of them extremely rare, will be on display in an exhibition entitled "1909-2009: One hundred years of modern Greek engraving", which opens next week at the Macedonian Studies Society's Modern Art Gallery in Thessaloniki, northern Greece.

    The exhibition will be inaugurated on December 11, and is co-organised by the Thessaloniki municipality and the Society for Macedonian Studies.

    The works include wood engravings, etchings, lithographs, linoleums and chalcographs by 140 painters, sculptors and engravers, among them Nikos Eggonopoulos, Nikos Hatzikyriakos Ghikas, Yannis Tsarouchis, Yannis Moralis, Tassos, Panagiotis Tetsis, Alekos Fassianos, Costas Tsoklis, Yiannis Gaitis, and others.

    The exhibition focuses on the human figure and especially the nude and famous persons' portraits.

    The works on display, from Yiannis Papaconstantinou's private collection and hand-picked by the collector himself, are representative of all the artists and artistic trends in Greek engraving in the 20th century.

    The selected artwork is just a sampling of one of the most important private collections, which boasts more than 800 engravings by 220 Greek artists of the 19th and 20th century, and it is the first time that such a large range of the collection will be open to the public for viewing.

    Papaconstantinou started buying engravings in 1922, inspired by an engraving exhibition he visited, after which, the collector notes, he became fascinated by the "neglected", up to then, art of engraving and began collecting such art "with a passion".

    The oldest work to be displayed is Demetrios Galanis' 1908 wood carving "The Hunt", while one of the rarest works is the 1939 tinted wood engraving by Tassos (Alevizos) "Trellos" (The Madman).

    [04] Barroso on FYROM name issue

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/V. Demiris) - European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso expressed his conviction that in light of the upcoming European Union summit next week a real opportunity is being given to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) to prove to the European leaders that there can be a solution to the name issue, following his meeting here on Wednesday with fYRoM Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski.

    Barroso said that the European Commission's proposal to suggest the starting of accession negotiations with the neighbouring country was a message of encouragement to the country's political leadership to work for a solution to the problem, stressing in parallel that a real opportunity exists now for a solution to the issue of fYRoM's name "on condition that the suitable political will is displayed by both sides".

    Caption: ANA-MPA/EPA/file photo of European Commission President, Portuguese Jose Manuel Barroso . EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

    [05] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.11 percent, standing at 2,460.15 points at 11:25 a.m., and turnover at 49.4 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Financial Services, up 3.36 percent; Personal & Household Goods, up 2.48 percent; and Technology, up 2.30 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Oil & Gas, down 0.55 percent; and Construction, down 0.47 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 1.15 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.35 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 1.26 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 90 were up, 21 were down, and 22 were unchanged.

    [06] Áthens Newspaper Headlines

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    EU support and excessive deficit procedure for the Greek economy, the social security issue and government's reforms, the dialogue on education, civil servants' tenure and relations with Turkey, dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou begins open dialogue with pupils".

    APOGEVMATINI: "EU pressure for freezing of salaries in public sector".

    AVGHI: "Eurogroup president Jean Claude Juncker to Greek people: Have patience."

    AVRIANI: "Popular Orthodox Rally (LAOS) president George Karatzaferis bomb on new general elections in March".

    CHORA: "LAOS voters move to main opposition New Democracy".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Illegal migrants are the scourge of the market".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "The changes in hirings in public sector and municipalities".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Kiss of life to contract holders".

    ESTIA: "The huge threat for the economy - Brussels overlooking the productive sector".

    ETHNOS: "Courage ....harsh measures are on the way".

    IMERISSIA: "Surveillance (excessive deficit procedure) with.....understanding - EU supports (Greece) and awaits new measures".

    KATHIMERINI: "Brussels gave short deadline for the introduction of substantial measures".

    LOGOS: "Strict surveillance of Greek economy".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "EU and IMF in-depth examination of Greece's fiscal deficit figures".

    NIKI: "Back-stabbings in the government - Greece in state of surveillance".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "The hard times for people are without end".

    TA NEA: "Eleven changes in hirings via the ASEP (public sector hiring examinations board)".

    TO VIMA: "EU sets three year deadline for reduction of deficit".

    VRADYNI: "Civil servants' umbrella federation ADEDY's shocking report to government: Civil servants must wait 2 years to receive their superannuation".


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