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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-03-23

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM: 'Light at the end of the tunnel in 2012'
  • [02] ND leader meets with the EP president
  • [03] Papoulias warns against nuke plant in seismic region of Turkey
  • [04] ADEX closing report
  • [05] Brown bears in Arcturos sanctuary awake from hibernation 

  • [01] PM: 'Light at the end of the tunnel in 2012'

    The turning point when the country would once again get back on a path to growth will come in 2012, Prime Minister George Papandreou said during a cabinet meeting held on Wednesday. He stressed that major changes that the government will have to make after the European Union summit on March 24-25.

    He referred to three important milestones in this course, the first being the three-year programme that would have to be made part of a national plan, the second being ruling PASOK's national conference and the third, the Thessaloniki International Fair.

    Papandreou stressed that the deadlines were tight and a great deal of work had to be done, during which the government had to wage a battle with established interests, entitlements and privileges and deeply-rooted attitudes that had made the country "sick".

    Concerning the upcoming EU summit, he said it was crucial and that, if everything went well, the decisions made by EU leaders on March 11 would be confirmed and made official, stressing that these would benefit both Greece and Europe.

    He noted also that Greece's proposal for a 'Tobin Tax' on financial transactions was being adopted by more and more countries within the Eurozone.

    He also referred to international developments, such as the nuclear disaster in Japan and developments in Libya, where he said that Greece's priority was to find a peaceful solution. He stressed that Muammar Gaddafi would have to accept the terms of the United Nations, however, concerning protection of civilians and begin a process of democratic reforms.

    Wednesday's cabinet meeting was held to discuss and approve five draft bills that are to be tabled in Parliament.

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    [02] ND leader meets with the EP president

    Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party leader Antonis Samaras met in Brussels on Wednesday with European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek.

    After the meeting, Samaras underlined that the European Parliament has a stronger role in issues related with the economic crisis such as, giving the "green light" to the EU leaders decisions on the economic governance of Europe.

    Samaras stressed that "our continuous and close contact with the European Parliament is necessary", adding that "Greece expects support as regards the Structural Funds, the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the major European infrastructure projects."

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    [03] Papoulias warns against nuke plant in seismic region of Turkey

    (ANA-MPA) -- President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias on Wednesday underlined "the imperative need" for Greece to respond, in tandem with its partners, on an institutional level to Turkey's "absurd insistence to build a nuclear plant on a site that is highly seismic, thus endangering both Greek territories as well as the safety of the wider region's residents."

    In a message addressed on the occasion of Greece's March 25 Independence Day anniversary, Papoulias added that the "tragedy experienced by Japan today, reminds us of the caducity of matter, the vanity of consumerism and wealth, the insignificance of life against nature's absolutism."

    He also called on Turkey to "realise that it does not exist all alone but that it co-exists within an international environment governed by concrete rules and limits."

    Finally, the president urged the nation to keep alive the memory of the 1821 War of Independence.

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    [04] ADEX closing report

    The March contract on the FTSE 20 index was trading at -1.46 pct in the Athens Derivatives Exchange on Wednesday, with turnover a low 39.956 million euros. Volume on the Big Cap index totaled 8,800 contracts worth 32.419 million euros, with 25,549 short positions in the market.

    Volume in futures contracts on equities totaled 14,647 contracts worth 7.537 million euros, with investment interest focusing on National Banks contracts (3,522), followed by Eurobank (889), MIG (2,667), OTE (1,760), Piraeus Bank (940), Alpha Bank (2,615), Mytilineos (712) and Hellenic Postbank (369).

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    [05] Brown bears in Arcturos sanctuary awake from hibernation

    (ANA-MPA) -- Spring is in the air, and the 13 bears sheltered at the Arcturos conservation organisation's Brown Bear sanctuary in Nymfeo, northwest Florina prefecture, have awakened from their winter hibernation in the still snowy sanctuary.

    This year's short but heavy winter in the area resulted in a 2-month hibernation period for the bears.

    Of the 13 brown bears, who all have names, lively "Manolis" was the first to awaken, closely followed by "Barbara" and "Tassoula", "Yorgakis" and "Irene", "Kyriakos" and the elderly "Mitsos", "Katerina", "Vesna", "Duke" and "Misha", "George" the black bear, and 46-year-old "Andreas", the world's oldest brown bear living in a sanctuary.

    Since its foundation in 1992, Arcturos has been actively working for the conservation of the brown bear and its habitat in northern Greece and the Balkans.

    In 1993, with the assistance of the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), the bear sanctuary was built outside the quaint, traditional village of Nymfeo. The five hectare enclosure is built in a beech forest, which is a natural habitat of wild bears. (Photo: ANA-MPA/O. Panagiotou)

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