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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-12-08

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  • [01] 35,000 people use Zlatograd-Xanthi border X-ing in Nov.
  • [02] Winemakers' suit over Macedonia PDO
  • [03] Aid to flood-stricken Albania
  • [04] Stocks flat on Wed. 

  • [01] 35,000 people use Zlatograd-Xanthi border X-ing in Nov.

    (ANA-MPA) -- The operation of the Zlatograd-Xanthi border crossing on the Greek-Bulgarian frontier has generated a threefold increase in tourism revenues, according to local authorities on the Bulgarian side of the border, BTA reported on Wednesday.

    Greeks mostly visit nearby Zlatograd for shopping, for car repairs or even visits to local dentists, whereas the Bulgarians mostly commute across the border to work in northern Greece.

    Roughly 35,000 citizens of both countries have used the specific border crossing in November alone.

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    [02] Winemakers' suit over Macedonia PDO

    (ANA-MPA) -- A local cooperative of winemakers in northern Greece on Wednesday announced that it will file a lawsuit in Germany against distributors and super market retailers offering wines from the neighbouring former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (fYRoM) under the indication "Macedonia".

    The president of the Association of Winemakers & Viticulturalists of Northern Greece (ENOABE), Yiannis Voyiatzis, noted that several retailers in Germany have already complied with European law and removed the wines from their shelves.

    The term "Macedonia" enjoys a European Union-mandated Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status for wines produced in the Greek province of Macedonia, which dominates northern Greece and is the land mass linked with historical and geographical Macedonia.

    "This specific geographic designation is only allowed for wines emanating from the geographic province of Macedonia in Greece," Voyiatzis.

    Along those lines, he noted that the circulation of wines from the former Yugoslav republic to Greece's immediate north bearing the stand-alone name "Macedonia" or "Macedonian" was recently banned in Slovenia, as well.

    According to the ENOABE president, his association has been in contact with the Greek embassies in all EU member-states in order to ascertain whether similar instances of illegal wine branding has occurred. (ANA-MPA)

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    [03] Aid to flood-stricken Albania

    TIRANA (ANA-MPA) -- Greek ambassador to Albania Nikolaos Pazios, accompanied the embassy's military attaché Col. Panayiotis Farantatos, toured flood-stricken areas of northern Albania on Wednesday, while also flying over water-covered regions in one of two search-and-rescue helicopters provided by the Greek military to assist in humanitarian efforts.

    One of Wednesday's missions included the transport of aid to the village of Pentari, in the country's north.

    Amb. Pazios also met with the commander of the Albanian military forces participating in the flood relief operations, Jhemal Gjunkshi, who briefed him (ANA-MPA) on the situation on the ground and thanked him for the aid and assistance provided by Athens.

    "The assistance provided in such situations is an expression of solidarity towards our friend, the Albanian people," Pazios said. (ANA-MPA)

    Caption: Residents are transported with boats on a flooded street in Shkoder, some 170 km northwest of the capital Tirana, Albania, on 08 December 2010. ANA-MPA / EPA / A. BABANI

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    [04] Stocks flat on Wed.

    Stocks were flat at the Athens Stock Exchange on Wednesday, with the composite index down 0.67 pct to end at 1,523.51 points. Turnover was a disappointing 69.00 million euros.

    The Big Cap index lost 0.27 pct, the Mid Cap index was marginally down 0.03 pct higher and the Small Cap index rose 2.49 pct.

    Technology (3.93 pct) and Mass Media (3.76 pct) sectors scored the biggest percentage gains of the day, while Foods & Beverages fell 5.28 pct.

    Broadly, advancers led decliners by 93 to 60 with another 61 issues unchanged.

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