Athens, Greece – August 19, 2003 – Coca‑Cola Hellenic Bottling Company S.A. (Coca‑Cola HBC, CCHBC), 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 18 August 2003, in its meeting with number 622 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 Monday, 15 September 2003, at 13:00, with the following sole item on the Agenda:

1. Increase of the share capital by the amount of Five Hundred Eighteen Million Three Hundred Four Thousand Two Hundred Twenty Five Euros and Twenty Four Cents (€ 518,304,225.24) through the capitalization of a portion of the special reserve account “share premium”, thus increasing the nominal value of each share of the Company by Two Euros and Nineteen Cents (€2.19), from Thirty One Cents (€0.31) to Two Euros and Fifty Cents (€2.50) and the corresponding amendment and codification of Article 3 of the Articles of Association of the Company.

Shareholders wishing to participate in the Extraordinary General Meeting must deposit at the Central Offices of the Company (9, Fragoklissias Str, Marousi), 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 legalization 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).



Company Contacts:

Coca‑Cola HBC

Melina Androutsopoulou

Director of Investor Relations


Coca‑Cola HBC

Thalia Chantziara

Investor Relations Analyst



Tel: +30 210 618 3229




 Tel: +30 210 618 3124



European Press Contact:

Alastair Hetherington

FD Athens


Tel: +44 207 269 7227

Mobile: +30 694 775 2284


 U.S. Press Contact:

Brian Maddox

FD Morgen-Walke


Tel: +1 212 850 5600


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