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Athens News Agency: News in English, 03-05-20

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  • [01] Weather Forecast: Scattered cloud on Tuesday
  • [02] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday
  • [03] DM says outcome of 12-month Greek defence presidency positive

  • [01] Weather Forecast: Scattered cloud on Tuesday

    20/05/2003 10:29:51

    Scattered cloud is forecast in most parts of the country, with sunshine in the west and eastern Aegean islands. Winds northerly, light to strong, turning very strong in parts of the Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from 12C to 25C; in the west from 14C to 29C; and in the rest of the country from 15C to 27C. Temperatures in Athens between 17C and 27C; and in Thessaloniki from 16C to 25C.

    [02] Foreign Exchange Rates - Tuesday

    20/05/2003 10:28:35

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.174

    Pound sterling 0.718

    Danish kroner 7.483

    Swedish kroner 9.260

    Japanese yen 137.0

    Swiss franc 1.525

    Norwegian kroner 7.983

    Cyprus pound 0.591

    Canadian dollar 1.597

    Australian dollar 1.795

    [03] DM says outcome of 12-month Greek defence presidency positive

    19/05/2003 23:34:58

    BRUSSELS (ANA - G. Zitouniati) - Defence Minister Yiannos Papantoniou told the last Defence Ministers Council during Greece's presidency, due to Denmark's self-exemption, here on Monday that the outcome of the country's 12-month defence presidency was positive.

    Papantoniou underlined the achievement of the ambitious target of creating the European Rapid Reaction Force, its first peace mission in Skopje, the speedup in covering the EU's shortcomings in military possibilities, the linking of European defence with the European defence industry and arranging ''pending issues'' in Europe's relations with NATO from the aspect of the EU's autonomy.

    ''Achievements in European defence would be front-page news had it not been for the war in Iraq,'' EU Common Foreign Policy and Security High Commissioner Javier Solana said at the end of the Council.

    ''It is a great effort and excellent work in very difficult conditions,'' he added, referring to the Greek presidency.

    Papantoniou made special reference to the release of EU funds for the development of defence research, as well as securing a European Armaments Organisation with the creation of a common market for common defence products.

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