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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-01-08

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

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  • [01] KKE leader on revision of Article XVI
  • [02] ASE turnover jumped 62.2 pct in 2006

  • [01] KKE leader on revision of Article XVI

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) general secretary Aleka Papariga on Monday reiterated her party's stern opposition to any revision in Article XVI, which bans the recognition of non-state universities in Greece.

    Speaking during a press conference, Papariga attacked both ruling New Democracy and main opposition PASOK for their positions in favor of revising the controversial constitutional article, while detailing her party's positions over a state monopoly in the education sector as a whole.

    She also said participation a mass rally on Wednesday to protest the prospects of revision should be high.

    Statements on West Bank visit

    In an unrelated development, Papariga briefed reporters over her tour of the West Bank last week and meeting with Palestinian officials and politicians.

    The KKE leader referred to what she called the ?tragic situation? in the region due to violence on the part of Israeli forces as well as to a security wall being built by the Israeli state.

    Papariga said the wall essentially aims to create political and real boundaries in the area between Israel and the Palestinian areas.

    Finally, she called on local parties and the international community to condemn Israel's policy.

    [02] ASE turnover jumped 62.2 pct in 2006

    Turnover in the Athens Stock Exchange totalled 85.339 billion euros in 2006, up 62.2 percent from 52.6 billion euros in 2005, official figures showed on Monday.

    Hellenic Exchanges SA, in a monthly report published on Monday, said average daily turnover totalled 342.73 million euros last year from 210.42 million euros in 2005.

    December turnover reached 6.666 billion euros with average daily turnover at 350.85 million euros, while active codes totalled 93,496.

    Inflows of foreign investment capital in the Greek stock market reached 884.21 million euros in December to a total of 5.521 billion euros in the year, up 6.0 percent from 2005 (5.224 billion euros), while outflows of investment capital totalled 5.653 billion euros in 2006.

    The Greek stock market opened 56,667 new codes in 2006 from 30,812 in 2005. The market's capitalisation totalled 158 billion euros in December, up 3.7 pct from November (152.35 billion euros).

    Foreign investors' participation in the Greek market totalled 46.64 percent in December (49.55 pct in Big Cap stocks and 13.21 pct in Mid and Small Cap stocks).


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