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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-20

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  • [01] FM Avramopoulos in Libya on Thursday
  • [02] The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies
  • [03] Public transport strike continues on Thursday
  • [04] Thessaloniki to host 1st Greek-Russian business forum in 2013
  • [05] TAP begins talks with Greece on agreement governing pipeline
  • [06] Greek merchant marine fleet down in October
  • [07] Exhibition of finds from ancient 'Sacred Way'

  • [01] FM Avramopoulos in Libya on Thursday

    AMNA--Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos will pay on Thursday an official visit to Libya, a ministry announcement said on Wednesday.

    Avramopoulos will meet with the President of the General National Congress of Libya Dr. Mohamed Yousouf Al-Megarief, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan and International Cooperation Minister ╠ohamed Enhamed Abdelaziz.amna

    The Greek minister will also meet with Tripolis Orthodox Metropolitan Theofylaktos and representatives of the Greek community in Libya.

    [02] The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies

    The Thursday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The changes in the taxation system, Supreme Court's (Areios Paghos) ruling in favor of the collection of the real estate surtax via PPC electricity bills, the European Central Bank's (ECB) announcement that it once again accepts the Greek State Bonds as guarantee for providing liquidity to the Greek banks and the extension to 2014 of the receipts collection in order to earn a tax break, dominated the headlines on Thursday in Athens' newspapers.

    AVGHI: "Brazil's message against austerity".

    EFIMERIDA TON SYNTAKTON: "Areios Paghos unjust".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Tax break for receipts a tax-trap for salary earners and pensioners".

    ESTIA: "The morale resuscitates".

    ETHNOS: "Clash over changes in Tax Bureau offices".

    IMERISSIA: "The climate is changing".

    KATHIMERINI: "ECB: Greek bonds acceptable as guarantees".

    LOGOS: "One out of every two Greeks immigrating abroad".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Shares' and bonds' rally and breather to liquidity".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Thousands of people protested on Wednesday against the new tax measures".

    TA NEA: "Super Mario's (Draghi, ECB president) Christmas gift".

    VRADYNI: "Tax break with the collection of receipts, and arrangements for professionals".

    6 DAYS: "Additional cutbacks in low pensions".

    [03] Public transport strike continues on Thursday

    AMNA--Commuters in Athens are in for another day of inconvenience on Thursday, as public transport employees enter their second day of industrial action.

    The Athens Metro, ISAP urban trains, Proastiakos suburban train service and OSE Hellenic Railways will come to a standstill for the whole day. amna

    However, buses and trolley buses will be running normally.

    [04] Thessaloniki to host 1st Greek-Russian business forum in 2013

    Fifteen Greek chambers of commerce and two business agencies, that are joining their strength to organise the 1st Greek-Russian Business Forum in 2013, are aiming at boarding the "train" of the continuous increase in Greek exports to Russia, that have increased by 34 percent in the first half of 2012.

    The event will be held in Thessaloniki on May 16-17, in cooperation with the Greek-Russian Centre Hermes and with the cooperation of Russian chambers of commerce and Rusian business agencies.

    The first official meeting of Greek chambers of commerce and agencies that are participating in the joint organising of the forum, for which about 150 businesses from Russia and 200 from Greece have already shown interest in participating, was held on Wednesday afternoon.

    [05] TAP begins talks with Greece on agreement governing pipeline

    AMNA--The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) consortium on Wednesday announced the start of talks with the Greek government on the agreement governing the pipeline.

    At 1.5 billion euro, this is expected to be the single largest current Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Greece. Its implementation, however, depends on the final selection in early 2103 of the pipeline to be supplied by the Shah Deniz gas field by the BP-operated Shah Deniz consortium in Azerbaijan. TAP's main competitor is the Nabucco pipeline that does not go through Greece, whereas TAP is planned to start in Komotini and end in Italy, passing through Albania.amna

    According to Rikard Scoufias, TAP's Country Manager for Greece, concluding the agreement with Greece will be a key step towards securing selection of the Greek route in 2013. "We are very pleased with our cooperation with the Greek government," he added.amna

    TAP's shareholders are Axpo of Switzerland (42.5 percent), Norway's Statoil (42.5 percent) and E.ON Ruhrgas of Germany (15 percent).

    [06] Greek merchant marine fleet down in October

    AMNA--The Greek merchant marine fleet fell by 3.5 pct in October this year compared to the same month in 2011, totaling 1,958 vessels, Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT) said on Wednesday.

    However, the total capacity of the Greek merchant marine fleet increased 1.4 pct for vessels of over 100 GRT (gross registered tonnage). amna

    The statistics service, in a report, said total capacity of the Greek merchant marine fleet was 44,006,506 gross tons in October 2012.

    [07] Exhibition of finds from ancient 'Sacred Way'

    AMNA--Work on the Athens metro has brought to light a large section of the ancient Iera Odos or 'Sacred Way', which archaeologists claim has been walked by most Athenians of antiquity. As a result of work to create the metro station at Egaleo, modern Athenians will now have the opportunity to trace their footsteps underground.

    Some of these finds, such as the excavation of five separate layers of the city, were unveiled to the public on Wednesday with an exhibition inaugurated at line 3's Egaleo station. The extension of the metro for the Elaionas station has also given experts an opportunity to investigate finds such as the base for an ancient bridge across the Kifissos River and more sections of the Sacred Way wall.amna

    The finds include walls from the ancient cemetery founded along the length of the Sacred Way, which has yielded finds such as sarcophagi, carvings, ancient wheel tracks, grave goods and other artifacts.amna

    The seven glass display cabinets of the exhibition at Egaleo station features finds from the excavations, giving commuters a brief insight into the history of the ancient city and one of the best known roads in human history.

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