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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-11

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ND sectoral secretaries meeting
  • [02] UN mediator on FYROM issue due in Athens late February
  • [03] Unemployment 10.6pct up

  • [01] ND sectoral secretaries meeting

    The main opposition New Democracy (ND) sectoral secretariats committee met Thursday, chaired by party leader Antonis Samaras.

    After the meeting at the ND main offices, party spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos stated that the ND leader underlined that the country is in a very difficult conjuncture and called on all the party cadres, MPs and sector secretaries to stand by the citizens.

    Alternate foreign minister Dimitris Droutsas will on Friday brief main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader on foreign policy.

    The briefing will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the ND headquarters, according to a foreign ministry announcement.

    [02] UN mediator on FYROM issue due in Athens late February

    The UN secretary general's mediator on the FYROM name issue, Matthew Nimetz, will visit Greece in the last week of February, foreign ministry spokesman Grigoris Delavekouras announced in Athens on Thursday.

    Delavekouras underlined Greece's desire for proceeding to a solution of the name issue, a condition of which is FYROM's refraining from aggressive moves, and the neighboring country's "creative participation" in the dialogue with Greece.

    A solution is feasible, he said, but it is a matter of Skopje's political volition, and added that a solution will "unblock" FYROM's Euro-Atlantic prospect.

    [03] Unemployment 10.6pct up

    Greek unemployment jumped to 10.6 pct in November 2009, from 7.8 pct in November 2008, the National Statistical Service said on Thursday. The number of unemployed people totaled 531,953 in the month, up by 146,965 compared with November 2008 and up by 40,814 compared with October 2009, while the number of employed people totaled 4,464,230, down 2 pct from November 2008 and 0.9 pct compared with October 2009.

    Unemployment among women jumped to 13.3 pct in November, from 11.6 pct in November 2008, while among men the unemployment rate was 8.8 pct, from 5.2 pct. Unemployment was higher in the regions of southern Aegean (17.8 pct), western Macedonia (14.3 pct) and eastern Macedonia-Thrace (14.2 pct), while the lowest unemployment rates were recorded in nothern Aegean (5.9 pct), Peloponese (7.6 pct) and western Greece (7.9 pct).


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