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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/>

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  • [01] Gov't on possible Frontex-Turkey agreement
  • [02] Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling: Net profits up 3% in 2009

  • [01] Gov't on possible Frontex-Turkey agreement

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek government declared on Thursday that any agreement between the EU border agency Frontex and Turkey will not be accepted unless it is clearly stated that Greek borders are also EU borders.

    Responding to a tabled question in Parliament by the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) over a draft agreement between Frontex and Turkey which, according to KKE, disputes Greece's sovereign rights, Deputy Citizen Protection Minister Spyros Vougias stressed that the text of the agreement has not been finalised and that it will be presented in Parliament once it is finalised.

    Vougias added that the foreign ministry and his ministry share similar concerns, noting that Minister Mihalis Chryssohoidis has underlined in letters addressed to his Turkish counterpart that an agreement between Frontex and Turkey should clearly state that Greece's borders are EU external borders, in order to be accepted.

    [02] Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling: Net profits up 3% in 2009

    (┴═┴-╠PA) -- Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling on Thursday said its comparable operating profits (EBIT) totaled 651 million euros in 2009, down 1.0 pct from 2008, while comparable net profits totaled 437 million euros, up 3.0 pct over the same period, whereas earnings per share rose 3.0 pct to 1.20 euros.

    The company said cash flows from operating activities - including the effect of net capital spending - jumped to 546 million euros in 2009, up 284 million euros from 2008. The volume of sales fell 2.0 pct to 2.069 billion boxes, with net revenue from sales down 6.0 pct to 6.544 billion euros.

    Volume of sales in the fourth quarter of 2009 totaled 452 million boxes, down 8.0 pct from 2008, while net revenue from sales fell 12 pct to 1.393 billion euros and comparable EBIT rose 1.0 pct to 60 million euros.

    Doros Constantinou, Coca-Cola Hellenic BottlingÔs chief executive, commenting on the results said the company remained cautious over the short-term conditions in the market, while it will continue focusing on initiatives to boost efficiency, reducing movement capital and strengthening market shares.


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