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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-09-14

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  • [01] PM chairs gov't meeting on memorandum targets
  • [02] FinMin begins European roadshow
  • [03] New Ryanair route from Rome to Rhodes
  • [04] PM, FM receive ethnic Greek political delegation from Albania
  • [05] Hungary's state sec't in Athens
  • [06] A Marmaris to Rhodes swim
  • [07] Stocks end 1.53% lower

  • [01] PM chairs gov't meeting on memorandum targets

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Tuesday chaired a government meeting to assess progress in meeting the requirements and targets outlined in the EU-ECB-IMF memorandum for the bailout package for Greece during the third quarter of 2010.

    The meeting - attended by key members of the cabinet - reviewed the progress of action initiated by each ministry until the end of the year and of scheduled structural changes, as well as discussing the government's priorities during the final quarter of the year.

    According to sources within the finance ministry, Greece appears to be on track in terms of meeting the obligations under the memorandum for the third quarter. They were also optimistic concerning the size of revenues in 2010 and appeared satisfied with the results of Tuesday's bond issue. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] FinMin begins European roadshow

    (ANA-MPA) -- Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou is embarking on a European roadshow to showcase the latest developments in the Greek economy, progress of an ongoing reform and austerity programme and issuing an invitation for investments in the country.

    The FinMin will be accompanied by senior delegates from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the so-called "troika".

    On Wednesday, Papaconstantinou will be in London to meet international investors.

    On Thursday morning he travel to Paris to meet with French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde and later that day, he will arrive in Frankfurt. Before making a presentation to investors he will meet the president of ECB, Jean-Claude Trichet.

    After his return to Athens on Friday, Papaconstantinou is expected to meet with the second-tier troika experts - currently on a regular visit to Athens - as part of procedures to draft a crucial 2011 state budget.

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    [03] New Ryanair route from Rome to Rhodes

    (ANA-MPA) -- Irish low budget carrier Ryanair on Tuesday announced a new route from Rome to the Dodecanese island of Rhodes, to be launched on Dec. 1, 2010

    An official announcement was made in Rhodes on Tuesday by the company's sales and marketing director Ida Buonanno.

    The new route from Rome's Ciampino Airport to Rhodes will be serviced twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays, creating 30 new local jobs.

    Ryanair will now operate three routes from Rhodes to Milan, Pisa and Rome, two from Kos to Frankfurt and Milan and two from Volos to Frankfurt and Milan. (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] PM, FM receive ethnic Greek political delegation from Albania

    (ANA-MPA) -- Prime Minister George Papandreou met on Tuesday with the mayor of the Albanian coastal town of Himare, Vassilis Bollano, as well as the president of the country's Unity for Human Rights Party, Vangelis Dule, an ethnic Greek MP in the Albanian parliament.

    After the meeting, Dule said the talks focused on all issues affecting the ethnic Greek minority in Albania, including a fatal hit-and-run incident involving an ethnic Greek shop owner in Himare last month, which Dule described as "motivated by ethnic hatred".

    The issues discussed included those relating to property rights, teachers for ethnic Greek schools, cultural rights of the ethnic Greek minority, the ability to carry out infrastructure projects in the regions with sizeable ethnic Greek populations as well as Athens' systematic support for Albania's European perspective.

    Dule told reporters that the delegation was concluding a round of contacts in Athens in the hope that, as until today, there will continue to be cooperation for the benefit of the members of the ethnic Greek minority, both those living in Greece and those remaining in their ancestral homes in southern Albania.

    Immediately after their meeting with the premier, the delegation met Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas at the foreign ministry for further talks. (ANA-MPA)

    Droutsas stressed that the Greek government has categorically condemned the murder of Aristotelis Goumas in Himare, and that "it is the obligation of the Greek government to stand at the side of the Greek minority, it is doing this and will continue to do this."

    Earlier, Bollano -- who also serves as president of the Omonia organisation -- and Dule met with Parliament President Filippos Petsalnikos and New Democracy vice-president Dimitris Avramopoulos.

    In talks with the delegation, Avramopoulos assured them of the support of ND and party leader Antonis Samaras, pointing to the party's immediate response after the murder of Goumas in August and its support of the minority's claims within the framework of Tirana's obligations vis-?-vis the EU. (ANA-MPA)

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    [05] Hungary's state sec't in Athens

    (ANA-MPA) -- Ånergy and transport issues dominated a meeting here on Tuesday between Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis and Hungary's State Secretary for the Economy Zsolt Becsey, who is currently on a visit to Athens.

    The meeting focused on the utilisation of renewable energy sources and the operation of natural gas pipeline networks, with the two ministers agreeing that these are priorities in bilateral and regional cooperation.

    Transport issues, particularly prospects for the establishment of a high-speed rail link, were also discussed, as well as, development cooperation issues in greater SE Europe.

    Kouvelis and Bescey, who holds the international economic relations and external trade portfolio, agreed that inter-governmental cooperation will be re-assessed in early 2011 in Budapest.

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    [06] A Marmaris to Rhodes swim

    (ANA-MPA) -- A Turkish woman celebrated her 40th birthday on Tuesday by swimming from the Turkish coastal resort of Marmaris to the Dodecanese island of Rhodes.

    Nazli Hamitoglu, a veteran long-distance swimmer, (ANA-MPA) was escorted by a British boat and covered a distance of 7 nautical miles before arriving in the harbour of Rhodes, where she was welcomed by the consul general of Turkey, among others. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: Nazli Hamitoglu heads towards the harbour of Rhodes on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, after swimming seven nautical miles from the opposite Turkish resort of Marmaris. ANA-MPA / N. NANEV

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    [07] Stocks end 1.53% lower

    Stocks ended substantially lower at the Athens Stock Exchange, with the composite index falling for a third consecutive session to end at 1,563.36 points, off 1.53 pct, reflecting losses in bank shares. Piraeus Bank fell 5.0 pct, Eurobank dropped 3.5 pct, Alpha Bank fell 2.61 pct and National Bank eased 1.59 pct. Turnover was a low 94.628 million euros.

    The Big Cap index fell 1.94 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 1.68 pct lower and the Mid Cap index fell 2.25 pct.

    The Insurance (3.15 pct) and Commerce (1.50 pct) sectors scored gains, while Health (4.08 pct) and Financial Services (4.55 pct) suffered losses. Broadly, decliners led advancers by 126 to 44 with another 41 issues unchanged.

    Edrasi (14.29 pct), Mevaco (10 pct) and Perseus (9.52 pct) were top gainers, while Optronics Technologies (20 pct), Pairis (16.9 pct) and Vioter (11.43 pct) were top losers.

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