Athens, Greece – October 1, 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (“Coca‑Cola HBC”, “CCHBC”, “the Company”), today announced the invitation of its shareholders to an Extraordinary General Meeting.

By decision of the Board of Directors of the Company, which was taken on October 1, 2003 in its meeting with number 628 and according to the provisions of Codified Law 2190/1920 "re: Societes Anonymes" and the provisions of article 17 of the Articles of Association of the Company, the Shareholders of the societe anonyme under the tradename "COCA-COLA HELLENIC BOTTLING COMPANY S.A." and the distinctive title "COCA-COLA HBC" are invited to an Extraordinary General Meeting, which will be convened at the "VILLAGE CENTER" cinema, room 8, 3 Fragoklissias Street, Maroussi, Athens, Greece, on 31 October 2003 at 2:30pm, with the following items on the Agenda:

1. Decrease of the share capital by €473,337,192.00 through the decrease of the nominal value of each share of the Company by €2.00, (i.e. from €2.50 to €0.50) for the purpose of the re-capitalisation of the Company through the return of an equal amount of capital to the shareholders and the corresponding amendment and codification of Article 3 of the Articles of Association of the Company. Granting of the required authorisations to the Board of Directors of the Company for the necessary actions to complete the return of capital to the shareholders in cash, to set the record date and the payment date.

2. Amendment of the terms (re-pricing) of existing stock option plans for employees of the Company and its affiliate companies, in accordance with article 13, para. 9 of Codified Law 2190/1920.

3. Approval of the election of a new member to the Board of Directors in replacement of a director who resigned.

Shareholders who wish to participate in the Extraordinary General Meeting must deposit at the Company’s headquarters (9, Fragoklissias Str, Maroussi), at least five (5) days prior to the General Meeting, the relevant certificate of blocking of shares from the Central Securities Depository, and, in case of representation by proxy, the relevant legalisation documents.

Information concerning representation at the meeting for ADR holders (NYSE), CDI holders (ASX) and shareholders holding their shares through Lloyds TSB Registrars Corporate Nominee Ltd. will be distributed by the Bank of New York, Chess Depositary Nominees Pty Ltd. and Lloyds TSB Registrars Corporate Nominee Limited, respectively.

Coca‑Cola HBC is one of the world's largest bottlers of products of The Coca‑Cola Company and has operations in 26 countries serving a population of more than 500 million people. CCHBC shares are listed on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE:EEEK), with secondary listings on the London (LSE:CCB) and Australian (ASX:CHB) Stock Exchanges. CCHBC’s American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:CCH).

 

ENQUIRIES:

Company Contacts:

Coca‑Cola HBC

Melina Androutsopoulou

Director of Investor Relations

 

 

Tel: +30 210 618 3229

e-mail: melina.androutsopoulou@cchbc.com

Coca‑Cola HBC

Thalia Chantziara

Investor Relations Analyst

 

Tel: +30 210 618 3124

e-mail: thalia.chantziara@cchbc.com

European Press Contact:

Alastair Hetherington

FD Athens

 

Tel: +44 207 269 7227

Mobile: +30 694 775 2284

e-mail: alastair.hetherington@fd.com

U.S. Press Contact:

Brian Maddox

FD Morgen-Walke

 

Tel: +1 212 850 5600

e-mail: bmaddox@fdmw.com

Coca‑Cola HBC’s website is located at www.coca-colahbc.com.