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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-02-17

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ND leader meeting with Barroso
  • [02] Envoy: Greek position on Kosovo unchanged
  • [03] Budget surplus of 574mln euros in Jan
  • [04] Stocks end moderately lower

  • [01] ND leader meeting with Barroso

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras has telephoned European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and requested a meeting in order to discuss the latest crucial developments concerning the Greek economy, as well as Greece's relations with the European Commission and its relations with other eurozone member-states.

    They agreed on a meeting next week on Thursday, 25 February, at Barroso's office in Brussels.

    [02] Envoy: Greek position on Kosovo unchanged

    BELGRADE (ANA-MPA) -- Greece's ambassador to Serbia on Tuesday evening denied statements by the foreign minister of Kosovo claiming that Athens was ready to recognise the province's independence from Serbia.

    Speaking to the news agency Tanjug, Amb. Demosthenes Stoidis initially said that he was unaware of the source that Hiseni was quoting, while adding that "Greece's position on the Kosovo issue remains unchanged, and is based on respect of international law".

    Skender Hiseni was quoted by an Austrian daily (Der Standard), where he reportedly said Greece was "close" to recognising Kosovo's independence, which he linked to a pending decision by the International Court at The Hague.

    [03] Budget surplus of 574mln euros in Jan

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greece‚s now eagerly watched regular budget net revenues rose 16.5 pct in January, while spending fell by 10.6 pct, resulting to a budget surplus of 574 million euros in the first month of the year after a deficit of 1.554 billion euros in the corresponding month in 2009, the finance ministry announced on Wednesday.

    The announcement added that the regular budget‚s net revenues totaled 5.592 billion euros in January, from 4.798 billion euros last year, an increase of 16.5 pct, which surpassed the budget‚s annual growth forecast of 10.8 pct.

    Spending totaled 4.976 billion euros, down 10.6 pct from last year, exceeding a budget annual forecast for a 2.6 pct reduction in the year. Primary spending fell 6.6 pct to 4.370 billion euros in January from 4.681 billion euros last year.

    The ministry said January‚s figures were boosted by the receipt of 691 million euros from the introduction of an extra "one-off" tax charge on major enterprises‚ profits for the year 2008 as well as to lower tax returns in the month.

    [04] Stocks end moderately lower

    Stocks ended moderately lower at the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, unable to hold on to initial significant gains. The composite index of the market ended 0.45 pct down at 1,858.49 points, with turnover falling to 149.690 million euros.

    The FTSE 20 index fell 0.53 pct, the FTSE 40 index ended 0.58 pct lower and the FTSE 80 index eased 0.50 pct. The Constructions (3.66 pct) and Food/Beverage (2.59 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day, while Telecoms (3.25 pct) and Oil (2.03 pct) scored gains.

    Allatini Ceramics (19.67 pct), United Textiles (16.67 pct), Ionian Hotels (9.79 pct) and Bitros (9.72 pct) were top losers, while Hellenic Fish Farming (9.09 pct), European Credit (8.16 pct0 and Altec (7.14 pct) were top gainers.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 99 to 62 with another 64 issues unchanged.


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