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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-04-21

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  • [01] Deliberations with EU-IMF delegation
  • [02] Marfin Egnatia Bank awarded 'Best Shipping Finance Team' for 2010
  • [03] 'Ancient Greek Coin Hoards' exhibition in Athens
  • [04] ASE opening: Small decline

  • [01] Deliberations with EU-IMF delegation

    Ana-mpaGovernment's deliberations with a European Commission, European Central Bank (ECB) and International Monetary Fund (IMF) delegation on the Greek economy's support mechanism formally begin on Wednesday. The 20-member tripartite delegation will be in Greece for at least 10 days and will hold talks with the Finance Ministry and other ministries, social entities and the Bank of Greece (BoG), the country's central bank.

    The discussions will focus on Greece's three-year economic policy programme, based on the February Ecofin conclusions and which will be supported by economic assistance from the eurozone countries and the IMF, if and when the Greek authorities decide to ask for activation of the mechanism. The delegation will begin its series of talks with a meeting with Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou on Wednesday.

    [02] Marfin Egnatia Bank awarded 'Best Shipping Finance Team' for 2010

    Ana-MpaMarfin Egnatia Bank SA has been awarded the "Best Shipping Finance Team" award for 2010 in Greece, in the World Finance Shipping Awards.

    The purpose of the Awards, established in 2007, is to highlight the pioneers (individuals, teams or organisations) with outstanding achievements or working methods in business and economy throughout the world.

    [03] 'Ancient Greek Coin Hoards' exhibition in Athens

    Ana-MpaThe Athens Numismatic Museum is hosting a temporary exhibition titled "Found underneath a tree root Ancient Greek Coin Hoards", which opens Tuesday and will run through December 31.

    The exhibition aspires to convey the visitor from the mythology surrounding the ancient treasures to the richness of the ancient coin hoards kept at the Numismatic Museum. Emphasis is given on the conditions of their discovery, the causes behind their concealment as well as any information derived for their initial owners.

    Ancient hoards, buried inside walls, beneath floors, inside caves, in secret locations or elsewhere, are connected with historical events, offer information on the phenomenon of savings and attest to matters of coin circulation in Greece, focusing on savings at a time before banks and banking systems.

    Twenty-one ancient Greek coin hoards (5th - 1st cent. BC) from the Museum's collections are on display in the exhibition. They contain 3,644 electrum, gold, silver, silver-plated and bronze coins. Two hoards from Epidaurus and Thebes, on loan from the IV and IX Ephorates of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities respectively, consisting of 549 coins and 498 pieces of gold jewellery, are also included in the presentation.

    The Numismatic Museum of Athens, with a history going back to 1829, is one of the few of its kind in the world and the only such museum in the Balkans. It provides continuous educational support for Hellenism in terms of numismatics, history and art history.

    The strength of the Museum's permanent collection lies in some six hundred thousand coins covering the ancient Greek world, the Roman and Byzantine periods, western Medieval times and modern times, "hoards" (closed numismatic groups), weights, lead stamps, medals and precious stones. About ten thousand volumes devoted to the special field of numismatics, to history, to seals and to archaeology, as well as offprints, fascicles, and general publications cover the archaeological material.

    In addition there is an extraordinarily rich archive of documents. The Iliou Melathron (The Palace of Ilion), the home of Heinrich Schliemann, which houses the Numismatic Museum, is a work of the German architect Ernst Ziller in the style of buildings of the Italian Renaissance adapted to the neoclassical spirit of the late 19th century. The building was inaugurated on January 10, 1881.

    The walls inside are decorated with wall paintings copying Pompeian themes and the finds of Schliemann at Troy and Mycenae. With many activities, such as scientific and informative publications (in printed as well as electronic form), cycles of educational lectures, lectures, symposia, the organisation of periodic and occasional exhibitions, educational programmes, participation in international programmes, the Museum is a centre of research and attraction for scholars and for the wider public. Conservation of metal objects belonging to the Museum and coins from the excavations of the Archaeological Ephorates is conducted in the fully equipped laboratory.

    The exhibition of the objects, provided with electronic support, is organised to show various themes (history of the Museum, donors, life and work of Heinrich Schliemann, the architect of the Iliou Melathron, an introduction to numismatics, the mints of Athens and of Alexander the Great, Greek colonisation, numismatic "hoards", portrait heads, statues and coins, mythological representations, buildings, fauna, flora, etc.).

    [04] ASE opening: Small decline

    Equity prices were declining at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE),with the basic share price index down 0.27 percent, standing at 1,956.48 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 24.336 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving mostly downward, with the biggest gains in Food & Beverage, up 1.75 percent; and Chemicals, up 1.54 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Health, down 1.82 percent; and Financial Services, down 1.01 percent.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was down 0.61 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.78 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was down 0.39 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 34 were up, 39 were down, and 17 were unchanged.

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