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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-02

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  • [01] 'Building the Future' programme
  • [02] Gov't n tourist arrivals
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise

  • [01] 'Building the Future' programme

    ANA-MPA/The environment ministry on Wednesday announced that its "Building the Future" programme, through which companies selling construction materials and related goods can voluntarily offer discounts to property owners carrying out energy-efficiency upgrades of the homes and business premises, will be proclaimed within June.

    The ministry is also pressing ahead with procedures for implementing greater tax relief for this form of investment, through certificates issued by the Centre for Renewable Energy Sources that will submitted along with one's tax statement.ana-mpa

    The announcement was made during a seminar at the Greek-German chamber on "Energy Conservation in Buildings" held at the Evgenidio Foundation.

    Under the programme, there will be incentives given for seven categories of home improvement for residences and five in other types of buildings. Among these are:

    Replacement of windows and doors with higher-specification types in 20,000 residences.

    Replacement of single- with double-glazing in 25,000 residences.

    Installment of 5,000 solar panels.

    Installment of 'cool' roofs on 20,000 residences

    Insulation of roofs for 20,000 residences

    Insulation of facades on 20,000 residences

    Replacement of 20,000 conventional heating systems with new high-efficiency systems.

    Envisaged works on commercial and other buildings include:

    Installment of integrated facades (windows, double-glazing, shading systems) on 3,000 commercial buildings.

    External insulation on 5,000 buildings

    Installation of high-efficiency cooling-heating-ventilation systems on 5,000 commercial buildings.

    Replacement of artificial lighting systems in 10,000 commercial buildings

    Installation of advanced energy monitoring systems in 1,000 commercial buildings.

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    [02] Gov't n tourist arrivals

    ANA-MPA/Culture & Tourism Minister Pavlos Geroulanos on Wednesday expressed his satisfaction over tourism trends so far this year.

    Speaking to the ANA-MPA, the Greek minister stressed that all significant markets for Greek tourism are moving higher, such as the UK, Germany, Italy, Russia, China and Turkey.

    Geroulanos said this development was welcome as tourist arrivals' figures to the country's major travel destinations led to expectations of a significant increase in tourist arrivals in 2011.

    He said that a tourism campaign through the Internet was already bearing fruit, particularly in Russia, where travel agents were promoting Greece as a travel destination through the "You in Greece" website which is available in Russian.

    Tourist arrivals at the Greek airports totaled 1,147,000 in the first four months of 2011, from 1,086,000 in the same period last year, for an increase of 5.6 pct, with tourism officials forecasting a record number of arrivals this year.

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    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Thursday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.18 percent, standing at 1,292.26 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 23.466 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Oil and Gas, up 0.98 percent; and Industrial Products, up 0.91 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Health, down 2.28 percent and Commerce, down 2.00 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.10 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.80 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.85 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 27 were up, 33 were down, and 12 were unchanged.

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