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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-06

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM Gillard invites Papandreou to Australia
  • [02] FinMin in US on Thursday
  • [03] ASE opening: Strong rise
  • [04] ┴thens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM Gillard invites Papandreou to Australia

    Melbourne (ANA-MPA/S. Hatzimanolis) -- Newly elected Australian prime minister Julia Gillard has invited Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to pay an official visit to Australia.

    In statements to Australian media, Gillard expressed her pleasure over her first meeting with the Greek premier in the framework of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and noted her desire boost trade ties between the two countries. "There is much room for improvement" she said.

    "I invited the Greek premier to visit Australia, where 600,000 Greeks live. In Melbourne, which is my home town, and in Australia generally, there is a very strong Greek community, and I'm sure that he (Papandreou) would be a very, very enthusiastic reception if he was able to visit," said Gillard

    The last Greek prime minister to visit Australia was Costas Karamanlis in 2007.

    She further said that Australia could contribute with its knowhow in many sectors in Greece.

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    [02] FinMin in US on Thursday

    ┴═┴-╠P┴/Finance minister George Papaconstantinou opens a new round of contacts in New York on Thursday to present the progress in Greece's economic policy program and the Greek economy.

    He will go to Washington afterwards to attend the 2010 Annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that opens on Friday.

    While in the US, Papaconstantinou is scheduled to have meetings with his US and Russian counterparts Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and finance minister Alexei Kudrin, respectively, and with China's vice minister of finance minister Zhu Guangyao.

    On Sunday, Papaconstantinou will meet with IMF managing director Domique Strauss-Kahn.

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    [03] ASE opening: Strong rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 1.91 percent, standing at 1,531.92 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 16.347 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly upward, with the biggest gains in Banks, up 2.89 percent; and Health, up 2.90 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 2.20 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was up 1.65 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.69 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 50 were up, 8 were down, and 11 were unchanged.

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    [04] ┴thens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The rise in real estate objective values, the reactions over the draft 2011 State Budget and main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras' attack on Prime Minister George Papandreou, mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Samaras: Irresponsible and dangerous government".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Heavy taxes for unlicensed buildings".

    AVGHI: " 'Hidden' measures to be applied after the local government elections".

    AVRIANI: "Samaras: Prime Minister George Papandreou deceived the people and handed over the country's governance to the IMF".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Shocking revelations against Karamanlis government in Siemens scandal".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Samaras: They govern under a state of fear and are terrifying the people".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Taxes are sprouting even from farmland - Higher objective values in all regions".

    ESTIA: "Tax-mania does not bring results".

    IMERISSIA: "Automatic increases in objective values".

    KATHIMERINI: "Greek deficit and debt for 2009 grows - Eurostat: 15.1 percent from 13.8 percent".

    LOGOS: "Unemployment and taxes".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "New State Budget targeted".

    NIKI: "The list with all taxes up to 2013: 20 billion euros in sacrifices".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Immediate support to the unemployment with relief measures for their families".

    TA NEA: "Decongestion of jails - Inmates incarcerated due to inability to pay court expenses and fines will be released".

    TO VIMA: "Surcharge on buildings' objective values will be adjusted automatically".

    VRADYNI: "Samaras: The people's sacrifices have gone to waste".

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