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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-07-02

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  • [01] FM arrives in Cyprus on 1st day of island's EU presidency
  • [02] Economic officials hold meeting in light of policy statements
  • [03] Man dies in suicide leap from roof
  • [04] The Monday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [05] Áthens Stock Exchange opening: Rise
  • [06] Gov't to announce programme for young unemployed
  • [07] Actor Thymios Karakatsanis passes away

  • [01] FM arrives in Cyprus on 1st day of island's EU presidency

    NICOSIA (AMNA - A. Viketos) Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos arrived at Cyprus' Larnaca airport on Sunday for an official visit to the island republic, the first by a foreign official since the start of Cyprus' stint in the EU presidency on July 1.

    In statements at the airport, Avramopoulos expressed his complete conviction that the Cyprus Republic would be completely successful in carrying out its work as the EU presidency, though this coincided with a difficult period due to the economic crisis and the generally volatility in the area.

    He also underlined that the Cyprus issue remains a "supreme priority" of Greece's foreign policy, for the coalition 'national responsibility' government and its leader, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras.amna

    Avramopoulos was greeted at Larnaca airport by Cyprus Foreign Minister Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis and Greece's ambassador to Nicosia Vassilis Papaioannou.

    In statements concerning the Cyprus issue, Avramopoulos stressed that "we remain dedicated to our common goal, which is to end the Turkisn occupation and settlement and to find a just, viable and functional solution in the framework of United Nations decisions and in accordance with the values of the European Union and Community entitlements".amna

    He noted that his visit on Sunday, his first in his capacity as Greece's foreign minister, ushered in Cyprus' EU presidency that began on the same day.

    "I feel exceptionally happy that the time of my visit coincides with Cyprus taking over the European Union presidency for the first time in its history," he added.amna

    Avramopoulos said that his meetings in Nicosia will give him an opportunity for a more detailed briefing on the latest developments surrounding the Cyprus issue and to exchange views with Cypriot government officials and political parties on ways to coordinate the actions of Greece and Cyprus in order to achieve shared goals.

    [02] Economic officials hold meeting in light of policy statements

    AMNA-- meeting of a coordinating nature, also in light of the reading of the new government's policy statements in Parliament, took place at the Maximos Mansion, the prime minister's headquarters, on Sunday afternoon.

    Participating in the meeting were Finance Minister Yiannis Stournaras, Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructures, Transport and Networks Minister Kostis Hatzidakis and members of the prime minister's office.

    [03] Man dies in suicide leap from roof

    AMNA--A 53-year-old man, the latest in a succession of suicides that have occurred in Greece over past months, ended his life on Sunday afternoon by leaping off the roof of his home in Alimos, Attica. Police have launched an investigation to discover the reasons behind his action.

    [04] The Monday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Monday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The new Troika inspection and talks with the new Greek government that begin this week dominated the headlines in Athens' newspapers on Monday.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Reduction of salaries, benefits is unconstitutional".

    AVRIANI: "Germans blackmailing in order to block revision of Memorandum".

    DIMOKRATIA: "Tough July".

    ETHNOS: "Pupils with bogus dyslexia certificates".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Retirement up to 7 years earlier".

    ESTIA: "Why the European funds are being lost".

    IMERISSIA: "Battle on 3 fronts".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "No 'gift' to Greece if programme does not run".

    TA NEA: "What we're giving (again) to the Troika - What we are asking".

    VRADYNI: "Salary reductions in public sector illegal, according to Athens court ruling".

    [05] Áthens Stock Exchange opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Monday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.86 percent, standing at 616.39 points at 11:00 am, and turnover at 6.445 million euros.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.22 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.03 percent.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Public Utilities, up 2.63 percent; Travel and Recreation, up 1.81 percent and Personal and Household Goods, up 1.80 percent.

    The heaviest losses were in Oil and Gas, down 1.51 percent; Commerce, down 1.38 and Food and Beverages, down 0.82 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 36 were up, 6 were down, and 8 were unchanged.

    [06] Gov't to announce programme for young unemployed

    AMNA--Labour Minister Yiannis Vroutsis on Saturday revealed that the government intends to announce a programme to help 70-90,000 young unemployed people find work during the coming week, during statements to the private radio station Flash.

    Vroutsis said the programme will be financed using European funds that are already at the disposal of the labour ministry.

    [07] Actor Thymios Karakatsanis passes away

    AMNA--Actor-director Thymios Karakatsanis died on Saturday at the age of 72, following a long-running battle with cancer. A widely respected comic actor with a long career in the theatre but also in films, his last performances were in Arthur Miller's play 'Death of a Salesman' in Athens in 2008-2010.amna

    He was best known for his roles in the ancient comedies of Aristophanes.

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