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Greek primary surplus totalled 3.4 billion euros in 2013‏

Greece's primary surplus totalled 3.4 billion euros in 2013 (excluding the financial support offered to banks), Alternate Finance Minister Christos Staikouras said on Wednesday.The primary surplus figure was based using Eurostat's methodology, while the troika estimates this figure at 1.5 billion euros

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Development & Competitiveness Minister Costis Hatzidakis and KfW executive vice-president Dr Lutz-Christian Funke on Wednesday signed an agreement on the German development bank's participation in the financing of a Greek investment fund, the Institution for Growth (IfG) in Greece, with 100 million euros.

POLITICS

Main opposition Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) leader Alexis Tsipras called for a union of all "healthy and progressive forces" in the country to protect public wealth, profitable state enterprises and the environment, and to prevent a sell-off of state banks, during his tour of Rethymno, Crete on Tuesday.

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Big names in music industry head to Athens and Thessaloniki for this summer's concerts. ANA-MPA provides dates and information of the biggest concerts and festivals for summer 2014.

ECONOMY

Authorities have approved 39 percent of the applications filed for the so-called “social dividend”, according to the latest data by the General Secretariat of Information Systems. Some 312,000 applications have been filed so far, 70,000 of which -- amounting to 45 million euros -- have been provisionally approved

ECONOMY

The Italian energy giant ENEL group on Tuesday applied for permits to carry out exploratory drilling for hydrocarbons in three areas of Greece. The applications submitted to the environment, energy and climate change ministry are for areas in the northwest Peloponnese, the prefecture of Aitoloakarnania in western Greece and the Preveza-Arta area, again in western Greece.

ECONOMY

The United Arab Emirates national air carrier, Etihad Airways, will increase the number of the Abu Dhabi-Athens flights from seven to ten a week as of July 2, while at the same time boosting its cooperation with Aegean Airlines.

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