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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-04

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Papandreou meets with Indian counterpart
  • [02] Samaras briefed by Interior Minister
  • [03] ASE opening: Big decline

  • [01] Papandreou meets with Indian counterpart

    New Delhi (ANA-MPA/V. Mourtis) -- Greece's prime minister George Papandreou, who is on an official visit to India during which he will attend and address the 2010 Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS), met on Thursday with Indian prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for talks covering a wide range of sectors of potential cooperation between the two countries.

    During the 40-minute meeting, the two premiers discussed matters pertaining to cooperation in the fields of construction, infrastructure, telecoms, e-governance, tourism, green technology, enhancing bilateral trade, and a direct air link between the two countries.

    Dr. Singh thanked Papandreou for Greece's support of India's candidacy for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

    The two premiers further discussed climate change, which will be a central theme of the second session of the two-day 10th DSDS on Friday, which will also be addressed by Papandreou, as well as the global financial crisis.

    Papandreou briefed his Indian counterpart on the situation in Greece in the context of the crisis and on progress in the effort to exit the crisis, reiterating that Greece will do so with its own means.

    The Greek premier will address the conference on Friday, on the prospects for sustainable development, while he will have a series of bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the DSDS.

    [02] Samaras briefed by Interior Minister

    ̀ain opposition New Democracy(ND) leader Antonis Samaras on Thursday met with Interior and Public Administration Minister George Ragoussis. The meeting was held at the initiative of Samaras, who had requested of Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday during their own meeting at the Maximos Mansion to be briefed by Ragoussis.

    Samaras reiterated after the meeting that although it is was the issues regarding the economy that mainly preoccupy the citizens, there are also other issues of equal importance, such as migration, the electoral law and the Kallikratis local administration reform plan that need to be dealt with.

    The ND leader asked Ragoussis, under whose jurisdiction all three of those issues fall, to brief him in detail on them, while Samaras also outlined his own positions.

    Earlier, New Democracy spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos clarified that ND remains firm in its position on the migration issue, underlining that the regulations being advanced by the government will turn Greece into the slackest gateway in the EU for illegal migrants wishing to enter Europe. The requirements must be more severe and strict, said Panagiotopoulos, who also said that Greece must in the steps of the other European countries on this matter.

    [03] ASE opening: Big decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index down 1.97 percent, standing at 2,000 points at 11:00 a.m., and turnover at 31.694 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Chemicals, up 0.21 percent and Travel and Recreation, up 0.12 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Food and Beverages, down 3.14 percent; and Financial Services, down 1.74 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 2.14 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 1.29 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.79 percent.

    Of the stocks moved, 10 were up, 36 were down, and 23 were unchanged.


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