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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-09-15

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

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  • [01] PM: Ancient Amphipolis finds of global importance
  • [02] Positive growth rate expected in the third quarter, FinMin Hardouvelis tells CNBC

  • [01] PM: Ancient Amphipolis finds of global importance

    ANA/MPA---"I only listen to the head of the excavation works of the Amphipolis and her findings," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Monday during an event for the repatriation of a 12th century manuscript that was stolen in 1960 from the Holy Monastery of Dionyssiou on Mount Athos and was acquired by the J. Paul Getty Museum in California.

    "This find is of global importance, far beyond our narrow borders. And for this reason we have to be serious and tight-lipped," Samaras stressed.

    According to the prime minister, the supporting works at the tomb will continue until Thursday.

    Furthermore, Samaras underlined the culture ministry's struggle to support scientifically Greece's demands regarding the return of cultural treasures, which have been exported illegally.

    "It is an effort that should be continued and peak with the Parthenon Marbles. A permanent and an indispensable demand for us," the prime minister noted.

    The manuscript will be exhibited at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens until the end of October.

    [02] Positive growth rate expected in the third quarter, FinMin Hardouvelis tells CNBC

    ANA/MPA---Foreign investors show great interest in the Greek investment programme and the privatization of some of the government's assets, as they see there is only upside potential in the country, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis told US network CNBC in an interview and stressed he expected a positive growth rate in the third quarter of the year.

    "We have seen that there is a lot of interest in the Greek ports, airports, other companies. People are lining up now to buy assets. We didn't have this experience earlier," he said. "Now we have it. This is because investors do see there is only upside potential in the country. The economy has stabilized after a lengthy, lengthy recession of six years so their bet will succeed."

    He noted that many sectors of the economy, such as tourism, perform well and added "We expect that we are going to see positive growth for the first time in the third quarter."

    Asked whether Greece needs a new bailout programme, he said: "The (bailout) program did have benefits in the sense that lenders forced Greece to actually do structural reforms. After a point one needs to do this on their own and to me structural reforms is something one ought to be vigilant (on) and the population has to own them."


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