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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-20

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM announces project for photovoltaic park
  • [02] ND unveils new 'emblem of 21st century'
  • [03] Greece raises another 119.4 mln euros from T-bill auction
  • [04] Acropolis Museum open until 10 p.m. on Fridays
  • [05] General gov't deficit 

  • [01] PM announces project for photovoltaic park

    Prime Minister George Papandreou announced a major photovoltaic project in the northwest city of Kozani on Thursday, noting that the investment -- both the city and the western Macedonia region -- will serve as a model for "green and clean development" and renewable sources of energy.

    He added that pollution heavy lignite-fired power plants will be replaced by new "cleaner tech" plants, while at the same time renewable energy sources will better support growth and boost employment.

    Papandreou said the park is a "leading project and Kozani shows us the way to the new era."

    Environment Minister Tina Birbili said the replacement of two lignite-fired power plants with state-of-the-art plans is on track, underlining that western Macedonia will remain the "energy heartland" of Greece.

    PPC President Arthuros Zervos said the construction of the project is expected to begin this summer and slated for completion in 18 months.

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    [02] ND unveils new 'emblem of 21st century'

    (ANA-MPA) -- The main opposition New Democracy party's new emblem was unveiled on Thursday during a high-tech presentation at the party's new headquarters on Syggrou Boulevard, where the entire ND facilities are slated to relocate to by the end of January.

    ND's "new face", as party leader Antonis Samaras described it, comprises two wavy lines in orange and green and the party's title "Nea Dimokratia" (in Greek) in the party's traditional blue and light blue colors.

    Samaras said that the new logo, which is the party's "new image" for the 21st century, embodies all of the values embraced by ND: transparency, leadership, humanity, certainty and calm force, while adding that the old symbol was not being "cast away" but becoming a part of history.

    The ND leader further presented the party's revamped internet portal.

    ND is relocating its headquarters at the end of January, moving from the neo-classical mansion it has occupied since the late '70s to a modern 7,000 sq.m. office building complex at 360 Syggrou Boulevard that will bring together the entire 640-strong ND staff which is currently scattered throughout 24 buildings and apartments around downtown Athens. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Greece raises another 119.4 mln euros from T-bill auction

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    [04] Acropolis Museum open until 10 p.m. on Fridays

    (ANA-MPA) -- Starting on Jan. 28 this year, the New Acropolis Museum will henceforth stay open until 10 p.m. on Friday evenings so that visitors can tour the exhibits while also viewing the floodlit Acropolis -- opposite the museum -- at night.

    At the same time, the museum will also begin a programme for the conservation and restoration of the Caryatid sculptures - structural columns holding up the temple's porch that were carved to look like young women - from the Erechtheum.

    The programme includes using laser tools to clean the sculptures from atmospheric pollution and remove factors causing damage, affix less secure areas of the marble and restore their structure. The museum has chosen not to move them from the gallery during the process, in order to avoid the strain of an additional move. (ANA-MPA) It also hopes to allow visitors to get first-hand experience of procedures that until now took place in inaccessible laboratories. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: A file photo dated Friday, June 18, 2009 shows the New Acropolis Museum, foreground, with the Acropolis Hill, crowned by the Parthenon, in the background at dusk. ANA-MPA / O. PANAGIOTOU.

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    [05] General gov't deficit

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greeces general government cash flow deficit totaled 17.505 billion euros in the January-November period last year, the finance ministry announced on Thursday.

    The ministry, in a report, also announced that the states outstanding debt towards third parties totaled 8.3 billion euros at the end of October 2010, up from 7.8 billion euros a month earlier. (ANA-MPA)

    The report said the outstanding debt to hospitals was 6.53 billion; 660.15 million euros to pension funds; 365.28 million euros to municipal authorities, as well as 116 million euros to other legal entities. (ANA-MPA)

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