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Athens News Agency: News in English, 00-12-12

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Stock Market-Close
  • [02] Greece-Yugoslavia-Assistance
  • [03] Seminar - 2004 Games - Sports coverage
  • [04] Greece - Japan - Chamber
  • [05] Central Bank-Rate Decline
  • [06] Greece - Transport - Palestinian wounded
  • [07] Greece - Yugoslavia - Kostunica

  • [01] Stock Market-Close

    12/12/2000 20:30:29

    Equities on the Athens Stock Exchange finished down on Tuesday, more-or-less duplicating Mondays poor performance.

    The general index finished 1.97 percent lower at 3,612.66 points, with turnover, however, up from the previous session and totalling 108 billion drachmas.

    [02] Greece-Yugoslavia-Assistance

    12/12/2000 20:25:48

    BRUSSELS (ANA B. Demiri) Greeces contribution to the emergency fund for Yugoslavia will total 22.6 million euro, the Greek delegation to the committee of donor nations to Yugoslavia announced on Tuesday.

    Greece will grant 17.6 million euro for immediate fiscal support, 4.2 million euro for foodstuffs, 80,000 euro in medical assistance and 780,000 euro in humanitarian aid.

    [03] Seminar - 2004 Games - Sports coverage

    12/12/2000 19:06:45

    The Athens News Agency (ANA) will organise a seminar at a downtown Athens hotel on Jan. 8-9 within the framework of the Association of Balkan News Agencies' (ABNA) activities. The seminar is entitled "Sports and the Olympic Games in the Digital Era."

    Participants include the general directors and 25 other officials from the ABNA agencies, hailing from Albania, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Greece, Moldova, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Romania and Turkey. The purpose of the seminar is to develop conditions for joint coverage of the Athens Games by ABNA members as well as to provide constant, reliable and the adequate news gathering for subscribers in the region.

    [04] Greece - Japan - Chamber

    12/12/2000 18:36:19

    Several noted business leaders, top government officials and diplomats were on hand at a downtown Athens hotel Tuesday for a ceremony marking the foundation of an all-important Greek-Japanese Chamber of Commerce. The new chamber comes six years after a Greek-Japanese business union was first established.

    According to the new chambers leadership, priorities include increasing imports to the Far East nation and attracting Japanese investments and know-how to the east Mediterranean country.

    One of the areas already experiencing noteworthy growth is that of tourism, as Greece ranks as one of the top European destinations for Japanese tourists.

    National Bank of Greece governor Theodoros Karatzas is one of four board members, while Tokyos ambassador to Athens, Motoi Ohkubo, attended the ceremony.

    [05] Central Bank-Rate Decline

    12/12/2000 18:28:21

    The Bank of Greece, or central bank, will lower its key short-term intervention rates by 75 basis points on Wednesday as part of a long-term monetary alignment before the country's entry into the euro zone on January 1, 2001.

    The latest decline brings drachma rates to around one percentage point above their euro-zone equivalents with the central bank's base rate now standing at 5.75 percent, the Bank of Greece said in a statement on Tuesday.

    The cuts are as follows:

  • Money market intervention rate for two-week funds to 5.75 percent from 6.50 percent

  • Lombard rate to 6.50 percent from 7.25 percent

  • Overnight rate to 4.75 percent from 5.50 percent.

    [06] Greece - Transport - Palestinian wounded

    12/12/2000 17:41:26

    A Greek military transport plane carrying 23 Palestinians wounded in the recent West Bank violence is expected to land at an Athens airport Tuesday afternoon.

    Athens dispatched a C-130 ?Hercules? earlier in the day to Israel at the request of the Palestinian authoritys mission to Greece. The plane also unloaded humanitarian aid gathered by Palestinians in this country, a defence ministry press release notes.

    [07] Greece - Yugoslavia - Kostunica

    12/12/2000 16:52:04

    The Greek government on Tuesday said the date for an upcoming visit to Athens by new Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica has not been set as yet.

    A government spokesman also told reporters at a regular daily briefing that such a visit is definitely not scheduled for this week. Spokesman Dimitris Reppas added, however, that diplomatic consultations between Belgrade and Athens are underway to pinpoint a date for Kostunicas official visit to this east Mediterranean country.

    The Serbian and Greek peoples have enjoyed traditionally close ties over time, while a bevy of Greek government officials and ministers has recently traveled to Belgrade in the wake of the Milosevic regimes election defeat and its replacement by a reform-minded federal government led by Kostunica.


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