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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-09-06

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  • [01] Greece will meet all targets in 2011, FinMin says
  • [02] Planes depart for Libya with water
  • [03] Stocks again fall to 2011 lows

  • [01] Greece will meet all targets in 2011, FinMin says

    (ANA-MPA) -- The Greek government will meet its goals in terms of privatisations and fiscal consolidation this year, Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Tuesday.

    Speaking in Parliament, Venizelos said the country will move very fast, adding that he expects results this month.

    “There is a strong disbelief vis-&#224;-vis Greece in the Eurozone and in the international financial system ... our only one weapon against this

    “We have to send a clear message, that Greece respects and implements - without any deviation - all of its agreements, especially structural changes, the future of our country,” Venizelos said, (ANA-MPA) adding he will present a series of initiatives aimed at promoting all structural changes at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting.

    Commenting on very low prices currently prevailing on the Athens Stock Exchange, Venizelos reassured that (front) is unity, responsibility and credibility,” he told a Parliamentary commission.low prices would not be a problem in promoting a privatisations programme, as the government’s plans envisaged pre-payment procedures and exploitation of the state’s real estate in sectors not related with the stock market (real estate, lottery, gaming, etc.). (ANA-MPA)

    [02] Planes depart for Libya with water

    (ANA-MPA) -- Two Greek military transport planes carrying 24 tons of drinking water took off from Athens Tuesday morning headed for Libya, with deputy foreign minister Dimitris Dollis on board at the head of the humanitarian aid mission.

    The Hellenic Air Force C-130 planes departed at 7 a.m. from the Elefsina military airfield carrying 48,000 half-litre bottles of water, heading first for the Libyan capital of Tripoli and then on to Benghazi.

    [03] Stocks again fall to 2011 lows

    (ANA-MPA) -- Stocks ended moderately lower at the Athens Stock Exchange, with the composite index of the market again falling to new 2011 lows.

    The index eased 0.37 pct to end at 860.74 points, following a negative trend prevailing in other European markets. The index reversed an early recovery which temporarily pushed the index above 883 points. (ANA-MPA) Turnover remained a disappointing low 48.127 million euros.

    The Big Cap index fell 0.78 pct, the Mid Cap index eased 0.66 pct and the Small Cap index ended 1.40 pct lower. Alpha Bank (6.29 pct) and Eurobank (9.38 pct) top losers among blue chip stocks. (ANA-MPA)

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