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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 15-10-19

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  • [01] Tsipras to have series of meetings within the week
  • [02] 2,561 refugees rescued between 16 and 19 October
  • [03] Piraeus Bank re-initiates interbank repo activity‏

  • [01] Tsipras to have series of meetings within the week

    ANA-MPA -- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has a series of meetings with foreign officials scheduled on Monday, including Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders at noon and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry at 15:00.  At 13:15 on Monday afternoon he is to meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew and at 20:30 on Monday evening he will attend a dinner hosted by the foreign ministry at the Acropolis Museum, in honour of the participants of the International Conference on "Religious and Cultural Pluralism and Peaceful Coexistence in the Middle East" that begins earlier the same day. Later in the week, the prime minister will also be meeting French President Francois Hollande during his two-day official visit to Athens on Thursday and Friday, at the invitation of President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos. Commenting on the visit, government sources noted that it was important on many levels and had great importance for relations between Greece and France. Pointing out that Hollande had recently made a public statement supporting the Greek programme and a renegotiation of Greece's debt, during a joint address to the European Parliament with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the sources said that Greece considered the French president an important ally in the negotiations on the debt, which will begin immediately after the end of the first review of the Greek programme. This expectation was significantly reinforced by Hollande's planned visit at the head of a large delegation of government officials and business people, showing that France is seeking to upgrade its relations with Greece, they added. In addition to meeting Tsipras and addressing the Greek Parliament on Friday, Hollande will dine with President Pavlopoulos on the day of his arrival in Athens on Thursday.

    [02] 2,561 refugees rescued between 16 and 19 October

    A total of 2,561 refugees were located and rescued by the Coast Guard and Frontex as well as a private sailing boat in 69 incidents in the sea regions of Lesvos, Chios, Samos, Agathonissi, Farmakonissi, Kalolimnos, Kos and Megisti in the period 16-19 October 2015.

    In the same period, a seven year-old boy, an infant, a sixteen year-old boy and two women drowned.

    [03] Piraeus Bank re-initiates interbank repo activity‏

    ANA/MPA---Piraeus Bank on Monday said its customer deposits totaled 38.1 billion euros at the end of September, of which 34.5 billion in Greece.

    The bank said that economic and political conditions in Greece showed signs of stabilization following the agreement with the Institutions in mid-July, and as of the termination of the bank holiday on 20 July 2015 to-date (mid-October) there have been 0.5 billion euros in net domestic deposit inflows.

    Piraeus Bank said that Eurosystem funding decreased from 37.3 billion euros at the end of June 2015 to 35.8 bn at the end of September, with ELA down from 22.2 billion euros at the end of June to 21.2 bn at the end of September. Gross loans stood at 68.9 billion euros at the end of September 2015 (of which 63.3 bn in Greece) from 70.0 billion at the end of June 2015 (of which 64.2 bn in Greece). Further reduction of time deposit rates in Greece in the third quarter (front book at 110 bps in Sep 2015 against 174 bps in June 2015, monthly averages), partially contributed to offsetting the ELA burden (in excess of 2 pct cost including State fee for Pillar 2 as collateral).

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