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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-11-30

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  • [01] Greek mission in Afghanistan completed
  • [02] SYRIZA-EKM nationwide conference on Friday
  • [03] PM delivers message to investor forum in NYC
  • [04] Greece-China tradeshow inaugurated in Beijing
  • [05] Greece tops Eurozone's adjustment progress indicator
  • [06] Research in 'Antikythera Wreck' area

  • [01] Greek mission in Afghanistan completed

    AMNA--The Greek mission in Afghanistan has been completed, with the return of the Afghanistan Special Composition Brigade to Greece from Kabul, which is part of the Defence ministry's expenditures cutbacks framework, as it was announced on Thursday evening by the National Defence General Staff.

    All the material and equipment that was in Afghanistan returned together with the repatriated members, while the saving of money from the departure amounts to 6,800,000 euros compared to 2011 and 7,700,000 euros compared to 2010.

    Seven trainer pilots remain in Afghanistan to train Afghan pilots in C-27J aircraft, who will be departing on completion of their mission.amna

    A total of 3,295 members participated in the Greek Afghanistan force, with a stay duration of between 3-6 months.

    [02] SYRIZA-EKM nationwide conference on Friday

    AMNA--The main opposition 'Coalition of the Radical Left' (SYRIZA-EKM) party will take the first step to becoming a uniform party rather than a loose coalition of separate component factions with the start of its nationwide conference on Friday, which will take place over the weekend at Faliro's 'Peace and Friendship' indoor stadium with 3,400 delegates taking part.

    The weekend conference will make decisions on the form of the new party and its organisation, while the next step will be concluded with the holding of a founding conference in the coming spring.amna

    The conference will be launched on Friday with a speech by SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras, while Aristidis Baltas will present a draft proclamation of the new party and Sofia Sakorafa a new organisational plan. On Saturday, the delegates elected in about 550 assemblies throughout the country will present their positions, while on Sunday afternoon there will be elections, including that of the Central Political Committee to lead SYRIZA until the spring founding conference.

    According to SYRIZA, after the registration process was completed, the party's members increased to 35,000 and had virtually tripled relative to the past.

    [03] PM delivers message to investor forum in NYC

    AMNA--The Greek people have been subjected to "painful sacrifices" over "tough but necessary measures," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said in a videotaped message to the 14th Annual Investor Forum-Greece, organised by Capital Link on "Building a New Greece" in New York City on Thursday.

    Samaras said it was necessary to build a business environment that would attract investment and development. "Greece is not alone in this effort," he added, "and we can count on other European Union members and on allies and friends like the economic and business community of the US."amna

    Development Minister Kostis Hatzidakis, who attended the conference, spoke on Greece's new perspectives and laid emphasis on structural changes and the legislative framework for investments, especially for a speedier process of granting operation licences.

    [04] Greece-China tradeshow inaugurated in Beijing

    AMNA--The 1st Business to Business (B2B) Tradeshow of Greece-China was inaugurated in Beijing by Deputy Foreign Minister Dimitris Kourkoulas on Thursday.

    The tradeshow includes numerous Greek companies specialising in olive oil, wine, cheese and honey products, among others.

    Kourkoulas, who is in the Chinese capital to attract new investments in Greece, said there was strong interest expressed by major Chinese investors in importing Greek products.amna

    "We are trying to improve the existing framework, but in the end it is private initiative and action that counts," he said, calling on entrepreneurs in both countries to take advantage of bilateral cooperation prospects. amna

    The event isorganised by the Greece-China Institute of Economic & Cultural Action with the support of the Greek embassy.

    [05] Greece tops Eurozone's adjustment progress indicator

    AMNA--Greece tops the list detailing the performance of the 17 eurozone members, according to a report by the Lisbon Council think tank, made public on Thursday. However, the overall picture of the Greek economy is not good, as a result of widespread speculation over the last two years vis-à-vis the country's presence in the eurozone.

    Specifically, Greece posted the largest adjustment progress indicator (8.2) and presented the greatest change within a period of one year (1.6), followed by Ireland, Estonia, Spain and Portugal. amna

    Greece recorded the lowest fundamental health indicator in the eurozone (3.6, with a 0.6 improvement), while the top positions were occupied by Estonia, Luxembourg, Germany and the Netherlands. amna

    The 2012 Euro Plus Monitor, the authoritative competitiveness ranking, jointly published each year by Berenberg Bank and the Lisbon Council, ranks the 17 eurozone countries on a range of key macro-economic indicators. It provides a comprehensive view of progress – and retreat – throughout the European currency zone. Specifically, this innovative ranking is based on two key indicators: 1) the Fundamental Health Indicator, which looks at individual countries' overall economic health, and 2) the Adjustment Progress Indicator, which measures the speed with which countries are adjusting to the challenges posed by the financial and economic crisis.

    [06] Research in 'Antikythera Wreck' area

    AMNA--he site of the Antikythera wreck was re-established during underwater archaeological studies conducted between 1-18 October by the Underwater Antiquities Ephorate with the cooperation and technological support of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), the largest oceanographic institution in the US.

    The studies focused on an archaeological review of the sea area of Antikythera island and the location of antiquities as well as the substantiation and re-establishment of the precise site of the famous 'Antikythera Wreck'.amna

    Intact and broken amphorae were found as well as ceramic items and sections of the vessel's lead anchor that are indicative of how the ship sank. amna

    The wreck of the ancient cargo ship was discovered off Antikythera Island at a depth of 42 m (138 ft) before Easter 1900, by Elias Stadiatis, a Greek sponge diver.

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