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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-07

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Male brown bear found killed
  • [02] Greek, French environment ministers to meet in Paris on Thursday
  • [03] First Greeks inaugurate visa-free travel to U.S.
  • [04] FinMin meets IMF experts

  • [01] Male brown bear found killed

    ANA-MPA/A male brown bear was found dead in the wider region of Neapolis, Kozani, northwestern Greece. According to the Arcturos non-governmental wildlife and environmental protection group, the 220kg bear was killed possibly last Friday but the conditions of its death can not be precisely defined due to decomposition. However, the position in which the dead animal was found indicates that the death was not from natural causes while a wound on its leg leads to the conclusion that the death could be attributed to human intervention. The location where the dead animal was found is a brown bear reserve full of oak trees and farmland. At this time of the year the brown bears roam the area in search of acorns to eat.

    [02] Greek, French environment ministers to meet in Paris on Thursday

    Environment, Energy and Climate Change minister Tina Birbili will meet in Paris on Thursday with her French counterpart, Ecology, Energy, Sustainable Development and Sea minister Jean-Louis Borloo.

    The two ministers will exchange views on and investigate cooperation prospects in the sectors of the environment, energy and green growth.

    [03] First Greeks inaugurate visa-free travel to U.S.

    -PA/Passengers leaving Athens on Delta Airlines' Wednesday morning flight for New York were no doubt surprised when U.S. Ambassador to Athens Daniel Speckhard suddenly arrived at the airline's check-in desk to check on their progress, surrounded by a bevy of reporters and cameras. Several among them were also surprised to learn that theirs was the first flight leaving Athens on which Greek citizens were able travel to the United States without a visa.

    Greece was formally added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program on Monday, allowing Greeks to forgo the often laborious process of getting a visa via the embassy. Those wanting to visit the U.S. can now simply fill in an online application called the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) that gives them clearance to travel.

    [04] FinMin meets IMF experts

    ANA-MPA/Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou met on Wednesday noon with a team of International Monetary Fund (IMF) experts who arrived in Athens earlier in the day to provide technical assistance to the Greek government.

    Papaconstantinou told reporters after the meeting, which was also attended by deputy minister Philippos Sachinidis, that the two sides reviewed the implementation of the government's new tax bill, with the main thrust on materialisation of the measures aimed at curbing tax evasion, conducting extensive cross-checks, and reorganisation of the relevant services.


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