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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-11-02

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  • [01] President Pavlopoulos meets with Russian FM Lavrov
  • [02] Conference of parliament presidents to convene on Monday
  • [03] OPAP to restart plans for VLTs in Greece
  • [04] Piraeus Bank appoints George Handjinicolaou as new chairman

  • [01] President Pavlopoulos meets with Russian FM Lavrov

    We support Russia, the US and EU cooperation to stop the war in Syria, stated President of Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov whom he received at the presidential mansion on Wednesday.

    The cooperation proves that the three major forces are the guarantee for the world, said Pavlopoulos.

    Referring to the Cyprus issue, Pavlopoulos thanked Russia for its support to Cyprus and underlined that we will not accept reductions in the sovereignty and on the occupation troops on Cyprus.

    After his visit to the presidential mansion, the Russian foreign minister went to Maximos mansion to meet with prime minister Alexis Tsipras.

    [02] Conference of parliament presidents to convene on Monday

    The conference of parliament presidents will convene again on Monday, at 3 pm, in an effort to form the new National Council for Radio and Television (NCRTV).

    [03] OPAP to restart plans for VLTs in Greece

    OPAP SA on Wednesday announced that, following the introduction of a new VLTs regulation by the Hellenic Gaming Commission, the company's Board of Directors has decided that all of the appropriate conditions are now in place to allow OPAP to restart plans for the operation of VLT products in Greece.

    The new regulation decided by the Hellenic Gaming Commission establishes a comprehensive institutional framework that secures public interest and public revenues and at the same time allows the economic viability of the VLT business for OPAP and its partners, OPAP said in an announcement.

    The new regulatory framework for VLTs takes advantage of the latest gaming technology and wholly leverages all available restrictive measures in order to protect players, in line with international best practices for responsible gaming. Moreover, OPAP will accordingly adjust its current claim against the Greek State before the London Court of International Arbitration.

    [04] Piraeus Bank appoints George Handjinicolaou as new chairman

    Piraeus Bank's Board of Directors elected Messrs George Handjinicolaou, Solomon Berahas and Enrico Tommaso Cucchiani as new non executive members of the board to replace members previously resigned. The Board unanimously approved the appointment of Mr George Handjinicolaou as its new Chairman. Mr Handjinicolaou starts his role immediately.

    Mr Handjinicolaou is a highly experienced international business leader in the financial services sector. His career spans 33 years, the vast majority of which was spent at global financial institutions based in London and New York and the International Swaps and Derivatives Association (ISDA) in London. Mr Handjinicolaou was most recently Deputy CEO of ISDA, where he was a member of the Board of Directors. He previously held senior management positions in the derivatives and fixed income markets at several global financial institutions including Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and UBS in London and New York. Mr Handjinicolaou started his career at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Mr Handjinicolaou also has leadership experience in Greece from his roles as CEO of TBANK and as Vice Chairman of the Greek Capital Market Commission.Mr Handjinicolaou's extensive international leadership experience, deep understanding of global capital markets combined with experience in restructuring within the Greek banking sector will be of significant value to Piraeus Bank's Board of Directors. Mr. Handjinicolaou received his PhD in Finance from the graduate school of business at New York University, where he also earned his MBA. He holds a BS degree from the Law School at the University of Athens in Athens, Greece.

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