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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-08

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Eurostat: Greek economy grew 0.8% in Q1
  • [02] ND leader meets Euro leaders
  • [03] Focus on central Athens' problems
  • [04] Stocks end significantly down

  • [01] Eurostat: Greek economy grew 0.8% in Q1

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) - The Greek economy grew by 0.8 pct in the first quarter of 2011 compared with the fourth quarter of 2010, Eurostat announced on Wednesday.

    The EU executive‚s statistics agency, in a report, (ANA-MPA) confirmed its initial estimates of a positive growth of the country‚s Gross Domestic Product and said that both the Eurozone and the EU-27 economies grew by 0.8 pct in the January-March period. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] ND leader meets Euro leaders

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) Main opposition New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras arrived here on Wednesday for a series of meetings with European officials, including European People's Party (EPP) President Wilfried Martens and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

    After the meeting with Martens earlier in the day, Samaras attended a working dinner with Martens and European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, where he was accompanied by ND vice-president Stavros Dimas, formerly Greece's European Commissioner in charge of the environment portofolio. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Focus on central Athens' problems

    (ANA-MPA) -- Increased crime and growing sense of insecurity was confirmed in a study on Athens' inner city districts prepared on behalf of a new citizens' movement, comprised mostly of local business representatives in the Greek capital's centre.

    In a special event on Wednesday, Varvara Vernikou, the president of the new group (KIPOKA), underlined that "the state is unable to enforce the law", while Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis stressed that "restoring a sense of security among the people is of major importance".

    He also pointed out that the flow of illegal migrants into the city should be curbed, adding that interventions that will have a rejuvenating effect on the city are also important.

    Hellenic Chamber of Hotels president Giorgos Tsakiris underlined that "this is primarily a law enforcement problem", while Supreme Court prosecutor Ioannis Tentes stressed that illegal migration is even more serious than the country's fiscal problem. "If it is not faced we will have an existential problem as a nation and as a state‚¶Police is not enough. The Greek state as a whole will have to take action," he stressed.

    Attica Regional Governor Ioannis Sgouros said that he has long described the situation as a "public health time-bomb", referring to abandoned or illegally occupied buildings and added that "a problem of survival has evolved into a safety problem for local residents".

    Former Athens Mayor and Democratic Alliance founder Dora Bakoyannis, a current independent MP, pointed out that "the state has no plan".

    The event was also addressed by Deputy Interior Minister Theodora Tzakri, Deputy Labour Minister Anna Dalara and Greek Police (EL.AS) deputy chief Yiannis Rahovitsas among others.

    According to the author of the study Kyriakos Reres, "the goal is to produce wealth that will allow Athens to compete with other metropolitan centres. The city should offer culture, museums, opportunities and most of all quality." (ANA-MPA)

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    [04] Stocks end significantly down

    Stocks remained under pressure in yet another session at the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday. The composite index of the market fell 2.94 pct to end at 1,258.97 points, with turnover remaining a low 80.196 million euros.

    The Big Cap index dropped 3.83 pct, the Mid Cap index ended 2.06 pct lower and the Small Cap index eased 1.30 pct. ATEbank (9.09 pct), Alpha Bank (7.65 pct), Ellaktor (6.77 pct), Marfin Popular Bank (6.06 pct) and Viohalco (5.93 pct) were top losers among blue chip stocks.

    All sector indices ended lower with Constructions (5.26 pct), Banks (4.69 pct) and Travel (4.61 pct) suffering the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 95 to 36 with another 33 issues unchanged. Dionic (10.53 pct), FHL Kyriakidis (9.43 pct) and Medicon (8.63 pct) were top gainers, while NEL (12.5 pct), Attica Publications (9.76 pct) and Euromedica (9.68 pct) were top losers.

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