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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-11

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Rehn, FinMin confer ahead of eurogroup
  • [02] Peres praises decision on Gaza flotilla
  • [03] Exports up 14.7% in May
  • [04] Handful of top Serbian government officials pick Greece for holidays
  • [05] Condolences over Cyprus munitions explosion
  • [06] Gov't: Tourism sector up

  • [01] Rehn, FinMin confer ahead of eurogroup

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- EU Commissioner for economic and monetary affairs Olli Rehn received Greek Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos here on Monday for expected talks on the closely watched implementation of the Mid-term fiscal strategic programme and preparation for the Eurogroup meeting later in the day.

    Venizelos and Rehn also discussed the technical assistance to the Greek government from the Commission and EU member-states for implementation of its fiscal programme.

    Venizelos placed priority on a greater absorption of the National Strategic Reference Framework and EU structural funds in a more beneficial and speedier manner, as well as a clampdown on tax evasion and preparation of the new taxation system.

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    [02] Peres praises decision on Gaza flotilla

    (ANA-MPA) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday thanked visiting Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias for Athens' decision to prevent the sailing of vessels attempting to break through an Israeli naval blockade of Gaza from Greek ports, according to an AFP dispatch from Jerusalem.

    "Thank you for stopping the flotilla, in accordance with the recommendations of the UN Secretary General. With this action, you contributed to calming the situation and, in the final analysis, to the good of Gaza," Peres was quoted by AFP as telling the Greek president of the republic, who is on an official visit to Israel.

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon, via his spokesman, had on May 27 asked of all governments concerned to use their influence to discourage such flotillas to Gaza, expressing fear of violence.

    Caption: Israeli President Shimon Peres (L) and Greek President Karolos Papoulias (R) during a welcoming ceremony the former's official residence in Jerusalem on 11 July 2011. ANA-MPA /EPA/Miriam Alster

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    [03] Exports up 14.7% in May

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek exports continued rising in May, while imports shrank further due to weak domestic demand, the Hellenic Statistical Authority annnounced on Monday.

    The statistical service, in a report, said the value of export-deliveries excluding petroleum products - totaled ... billion euros in May this year, up from ... billion euros in the same month in 2010, an increase of 14.7 pct. To read the entire article, please call the ANA-MPA's subscription department at 2106400560.

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    [04] Handful of top Serbian government officials pick Greece for holidays

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greece is apparently amongst the most popular summer destinations for Serbian politicians, with Defence Minister Dragan Sutanovac and Finance Minister Nebojsa Ciric currently in Greece with their families for a holiday near Athens.

    Serbian Prime Minister Mirko Cvetkovic and his wife will pass their holidays in verdant Halkidiki, northern Greece, in the first week of August

    According to reports, Sports & Youth Minister Snezana Samardzic-Markovic will be on Corfu with her family in August; whereas Vice-President Verica Kalanovic and Human & Minorities Rights Minister Milan Markovic will also pass their summer vacations in Greece. (ANA-MPA)

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    [05] Condolences over Cyprus munitions explosion

    ANA-MPA -- Greece on Monday expressed grief over a dawn accident at a naval station on Cyprus that has claimed the lives of at least 12 people, and said it was on stand-by to provide all assistance needed.

    "On the part of the Greek government and Prime Minister, I wish first of all to express our deepest condolences, solidarity and support to the Cypriot Hellenism, Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, the government and all the political forces over this tragic event that has shocked Cyprus and Greece and has resulted in the death of Cypriot citizens. To the families of the dead, I express our deep grief and most heartfelt condolences," Greek defence minister Panos Beglitis said.ana-mpa

    Beglitis said he has already spoken with his Cypriot counterpart, defence minister Costas PapaCostas, to whom he conveyed Greek prime minister George Papandreou's condolences and solidarity, as well as Greece's and the Greek defence ministry's "readiness to provide every assistance necessary".ana-mpa

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    [06] Gov't: Tourism sector up

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek tourism has apparently resisted the crisis and is faring well, Culture & Tourism Deputy Minister George Nikitiadis said on Monday.

    Speaking to ANA-MPA in Athens, the minister said a strategy implemented by the ministry was bringing results and said that the domestic tourism product was not affected by the street violence in Athens last month.

    Amongst others, he noted that tourist arrivals at Greek airports rose 9.52 pct in the first six months of the year. He acknowledged, however, that one cannot be fully satisfied with this performance, as the country was regaining ground lost in the previous years.

    "Greek tourism could become the engine of the economy on the condition that the country improves the quality of its tourism services, extends its tourist season and takes advantage of its sea tourism potential".

    Finally, (ANA-MPA) Nikitiadis dismissed various press reports of late claiming that the country was selling its islands, merely noting that anyone who wanted to invest on Greek isles was welcome. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: Tourists enjoy the Temple of Olympian Zeus archaeological site in central Athens on a hot summer day on Sunday, July 10, 2011. ANA-MPA / A. BELTES

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