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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-06-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Fule: Timing right for Athens, Skopje 'name issue' solution
  • [02] Athens denies 'Independent' report alleging secret Libya deal
  • [03] ND bashes latest gov't plan
  • [04] Stocks down 6.09% in week

  • [01] Fule: Timing right for Athens, Skopje 'name issue' solution

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- European Commissioner for enlargement Stefan Fule said here on Friday that this could be the right time for Athens and Skopje to resolve their long-standing dispute over the name of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM).

    Fule was replying to questions during a press conference on Croatia's EU candidacy.

    The Commissioner expressed hope tha after the (ANA-MPA) successful conclusion of general elections in fYRoM, the two sides might use the opportunity to find a solution.

    Such a solution would open the way for the Commission to adopt a recommendation for the start of accession talks with fYRoM, he added.

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    [02] Athens denies 'Independent' report alleging secret Libya deal

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek foreign ministry on Friday denied a press report published in the UK-based newspaper "Independent", claiming that Greece was in secret talks with the Gaddafi regime in Libya.

    A foreign ministry announcement stressed that there was no truth to the report and noted that a meeting of the Libya Contact Group in Abu Dhabi on Thursday had made significant progress in terms of an ongoing discussion about using the Libyan regime's frozen assets to provide humanitarian aid, in accordance with the decisions of the UN Security Council.

    It also repeated that Greece, along with its partners and allies, was actively participating in efforts to find a political solution to the Libyan crisis and had already declared its willingness to undertake initiatives to this end, including the provision of humanitarian aid to the Libyan people. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] ND bashes latest gov't plan

    (ANA-MPA) -- The main opposition New Democracy (ND) party lashed out at the government on Friday, rejecting the medium-term programme unveiled by Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou.

    ND spokesman Yiannis Mihelakis stated that this is a tangible confession that the Memorandum policy has failed and described the measures announced by the government as unreliable, unfair and ineffective.

    Mihelakis stressed that a new package of tough measures will be announced soon considering that the medium-term programme - which is characterized as unfair because it includes the imposition of horizontal taxation on those who already shoulder most of the burden - will fail.

    ND stressed that the "new tax raid" manifests through the abolition of almost all tax exemptions, the imposition of a "poll tax" even on low incomes and the VAT and car registration fee increase, accusing the government of proceeding with further wage and pension cuts.

    "The attack on the most vulnerable section of society has taken up horrifying dimensions while nothing is being done to reduce unemployment," Mihelakis stressed.

    The ND spokesman left no room for a consensus accusing the government of seeking to table the medium-term programme for vote in Parliament as a single article.

    "The government's 'all or nothing' attitude shows no will for consensus and confirms its already known blackmailing arrogance," he stressed.

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    [04] Stocks down 6.09% in week

    (ANA-MPA) -- Stocks resumed their downward trend in the last trading session of the week in the Athens Stock Exchange on Friday, unable to hold on to their early gains. The composite index of the market fell 0.81 pct to 1,279.01 points after rising as much as 1.3 pct during the session, while turnover remained a low 73.159 million euros. The index was down 6.09 pct in the week.

    The Big Cap index fell 1.12 pct, the Mid Cap index rose 0.25 pct and the Small Cap index ended 1.14 pct higher. MIG (3.39 pct), Ellaktor (2.19 pct) and Marfin Popular bank (1.61 pct) were top gainers among blue chip stocks, while ATEbank (4.31 pct), Alpha Bank (3.67 pct) and National Bank (3.06 pct) were top losers.

    The Technology (3.71 pct) and Financial Services (1.81 pct) sectors scored gains, while Banks (2.04 pct) and Raw Materials (1.23 pct) suffered the heaviest percentage losses of the day.

    Broadly, decliners led advancers by 69 to 50 with another 66 issues unchanged. CPI (9.09 pct), Loulis Mills (8.43 pct) and Kathimerini (8.16 pct) were top gainers, while Spider (11.76 pct), Profile (11.36 pct) and Mouzakis (10 pct) were top losers. (ANA-MPA)

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