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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-02-25

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

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  • [01] Trade deficit drops 17.2pct in 2012
  • [02] Protection for endangered 'kirkinezi' bird

  • [01] Trade deficit drops 17.2pct in 2012

    AMNA--Greece's trade balance deficit posted a substantial reduction of 17.2 percent in 2012, according to figures released by the independent Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT) on Monday.

    ELSTAT, in a report, said that the deficit of the Trade Balance, excluding oil products, for the 12-month period from January to December 2012 amounted to 13196.8 million euros (16798.2 million dollars) in comparison with 15944.5 million euros (22027.0 million dollars) for the corresponding period of the year 2011, recording a drop, in euros, of 17.2%.

    The total value of imports-arrivals, excluding oil products, in December 2012 amounted to 2384.1 million euros (3118.5 million dollars) in comparison with 2358.7 million euros (3099.1 million dollars) in December 2011, recording an increase, in euros, of 1.1%.

    The total value of exports-dispatches, excluding oil products, in December 2012 amounted to 1295.5 million euros (1704.9 million dollars) in comparison with 1523.9 million euros (2014.5 million dollars) in December 2011, recording a drop, in euros, of 15.0%.amna

    The deficit of the trade balance, excluding oil products, in December 2012 amounted to 1088.6 million euros (1413.6 million dollars) in comparison with 834.8 million euros (1084.6 million dollars) in December 2011, recording an increase, in euros, of 30.4%.amna

    The total value of imports-arrivals, excluding oil products, for the 12-month period from January to December 2012 amounted to 30201.2 million euros (38720.7 million dollars) in comparison with 32127.4 million euros (44604.7 million dollars) for the corresponding period of the year 2011 recording a drop, in euros, of 6.0%.

    The total value of exports-dispatches, excluding oil products, for the 12-month period from January to December 2012 amounted to 17004.4 million euros (21922.5 million dollars) in comparison with 16182.9 million euros (22577.7 million dollars) for the corresponding period of the year 2011, recording an increase, in euros, of 5.1%.

    [02] Protection for endangered 'kirkinezi' bird

    AMNA--A protection net over the kirkinezi (Falco naumanni), a small migratory hawk which is among the endangered species in the world, has been launched by Thessaly University in cooperation with other entities.

    Greece is among the most important countries in Europe, after Spain and Italy, regarding the kirkinezi, according to recent data by BirdLife International.amna

    The University is preparing a programme aiming towards the planning and implementation of measures to protect the bird's population in Thessaly region.

    The total population of the kirkinezi is estimated at 25,000-42,000 pairs and Greece is hosting approximately 10 percent of them. It nests on roofs, in holes and house walls. The bird feeds on insects, mice, lizards and small birds.


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