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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-10-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM: Suspension of EU voting right unacceptable
  • [02] Slovenian FM to run in classical Athens Marathon
  • [03] Piraeus Bank announces 800-mln-euro share capital increase plan
  • [04] FM Droutsas on Cyprus' Missing Persons Day
  • [05] Port traffic up 0.7% in Q1
  • [06] Mt. Athos photo exhibition

  • [01] PM: Suspension of EU voting right unacceptable

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) -- A European Council decision on Friday to set up a permanent support mechanism for Eurozone countries was a "major victory", Prime Minister George Papandreou said here, expressing Athens' and all the member-states' firm opposition to the "unacceptable", as he said, proposal for a suspension of member-state voting rights in the EU Councils of Ministers as part of a "penalty mechanism".

    In a press conference shortly after the end of the EU Summit meeting here, (ANA-MPA) Papandreou clarified that a general framework of a permanent support mechanism was presented, and pointed out that its operation will be specialised, based on a European Commission proposal after consultations with EU member-states.

    Referring to Greek recommendations as regards the future support mechanism, Papandreou stressed that it will have to be prepared in a way that will contribute to Europe's development course to overcome the existing inequalities between the member-states.

    "When a few months ago Greece was caught in the vortex of the economic crisis, we had suggested the creation of a support mechanism to intervene dynamically in cases of market speculation practices targeting a country. We pointed to the creation of a mechanism to undertake the unobstructed flow of funds and loans when interest rates make borrowing for a country impossible. We fought and a temporary mechanism was created," Papandreou stressed. (ANA-MPA)

    The prime minister characterised as "unacceptable" the EU Presidency proposal, which suggested that a country with high deficits be deprived of its right to vote in the Councils of Ministers, stressing that Greece was clearly against it.

    "The fight we gave was not just Greek, (ANA-MPA) but a European fight as well," he said, pointing out that the suspension of the right to vote would mean for a country that it will not have a say on important issues such as security, national defence, common agricultural policy, regional policy etc.

    "This proposal deeply hurts the democratic right of the EU states; and the EU has a tradition on democracy which we do not want to undermine," he said characteristically. (ANA-MPA)

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    [02] Slovenian FM to run in classical Athens Marathon

    (ANA-MPA) -- Greek President Karolos Papoulias on Friday received visiting Slovenian Foreign Minister Samuel Zbogar at the presidential mansion in Athens, with the former congratulating the top Slovenian official on his participation in the "classical" Athens Marathon on Sunday.

    "I have run in four marathons, Mr. President, but this is a unique opportunity that is now offered; the classical route for the 2,500th anniversary from the era that it was first done, I and I thought I would take advantage of this opportunity," Zbogar said in an exchange with Papoulias. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Piraeus Bank announces 800-mln-euro share capital increase plan

    (ANA-MPA) -- To view the article please contact the ANA-MPA's subsciption department at 2106400560.

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    [04] FM Droutsas on Cyprus' Missing Persons Day

    (ANA-MPA) -- The establishment by the Republic of Cyprus of Oct. 29 as the Missing Persons Day "reminds us that the great humanitarian issue regarding the fate of a considerable number of missing persons of the Cyprus tragedy is painfully pending for the past 36 years," Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas reiterated on Friday.

    In a written statement issued by the ministry, Droutsas also said that Turkey "has the obligation to allow the opening of a substantial investigative process, which will lead to the determination of the fate of the missing."

    The Greek minister also expressed his full support to the families of the missing, both in Greece and Cyprus.

    As a result of the 1974 Turkish invasion in Cyprus, 1,619 Greek-Cypriots and Greeks were listed as missing, most of whom were soldiers or reservists, and who were captured.

    Among them, however, were many civilians, women and children, arrested by the Turkish invasion troops and Turkish Cypriot paramilitary groups, within the area controlled by the Turkish military after the end of hostilities and far removed from any conflict zones.

    Many of those missing were last seen alive in the hands of the Turkish military.

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    [05] Port traffic up 0.7% in Q1

    (ANA-MPA) -- Passenger traffic in Greek ports rose 0.7 pct in the first quarter of 2010, compared with the corresponding period last year, after a decline of 9.3-pct recorded in the January-March period in 2009, the Hellenic Statistical Authority announced on Friday.

    The statistics service, in a report, said cargo traffic in Greek ports dropped 12.4 pct in the first three months of 2010, after a decline of 6.6 pct in the same period last year. (ANA-MPA)

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    [06] Mt. Athos photo exhibition

    (ANA-MPA) -- Photographs of the all-male monastic community of Mount Athos, taken by Polish photographer Tomasz Moscicki, will be on display at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki as of Nov. 1.

    The photographs were taken between 2001 and 2009 during the photographer's six trips to Mt Athos.

    The exhibition will run until Dec. 30, organized by the Photography Museum of Thessaloniki with the support of the Polish embassy, and within the framework of the PhotoBiennale events.

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