The Federation of Industries of Northern Greece and the American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce announced on Wednesday the postponement of the 12the Thessaloniki Forum scheduled to take place at Thessaloniki Concert Hall from 19-20 June.
According to an announcement, the postponement decision was the result of the recent political and economic developments which, according to the organisers, "totally disorientate the main focus of the Forum, which is enhancing the developmental aspect of the periphery".
 Prime Minister George Papandreou and main opposition New Democracy (ND) leader Antonis Samaras were slated to address the conference, while 10 government ministers were also scheduled to attend.
Representatives of the "Indignants movement" in Thessaloniki had announced that they would block off the venue of the Forum.

Business Briefs

-- Allianz Greece on Wednesday reported improved premium production, a higher market share and improved results in the first quarter of 2011.
The company said operating earnings totaled 2.8 million euros and reported after-tax profits of 1.6 million euros in the January-March period, while premium production rose 1.0 pct to 61.6 million euros.

-- Tourist arrivals at Greek airports grew 4.52 pct in the January-May period this year, compared with the corresponding period in 2010, the Federation of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises (SETE) announced on Wednesday.

-- Elinoil SA on Wednesday said an annual general shareholders’ meeting decided to skip dividend payment for the year 2010.