Athens News Agency: News in English (PM), 98-10-18
NEWS IN ENGLISH
Athens, Greece, 18/10/1998 (ANA)
- Greeks go to polls again for local elections run-offs
- NATO exercise ends in Northern Greece
- TBM Jason reaches Analatos station
- Greece to take part in Cyprus' 'Nikiforos' exercise
- Tax evasion by businesses
- Georgia peace talks wind up in Athens
- Penteli reforestation project
- Foreign exchange
NEWS IN DETAIL
Greeks go to polls again for local elections run-offs
Greeks went to the polls again today to elect local representatives in 567
muncipalities and 35 prefectures after last week's first round of voting
decided the battle in the other 466 municipalities and 15 prefectures
throughout the country.
Voting began at 7 a.m. and will end at 7 p.m. With certain exceptions,
voting is compulsory.
NATO exercise ends in Northern Greece
The head of NATO's rapid reaction force in Europe, British Lt-Gen. Michael
Jackson, expressed full satisfaction with the degree of training and
readiness of the Greek contingent after attending the alliance's ARCADE
FUSION '98 exercise in northern Greece.
Jackson said he was delighted by the level of training and cooperation
among staff of the Second Armoured Division.
He denied that the scenario of the map exercise, which is being conducted
with the aid of computers, is in any way related to developments in Kosovo,
stressing that it was planned two years ago.
He expressed hope that a solution would be found in Serbia's troubled
province without the use of force.
TBM Jason reaches Analatos station
Jason the metro-mouse, one of the two tunnel-boring machines (TBM) being
used to construct the Athens Metro, has reached Analatos station on Line 2
of the Metro after boring 940 metres of tunnel from the existing Neos
Kosmos station hear the old Fix brewery since May 20.
Greece to take part in Cyprus' 'Nikiforos' exercise
Greek air and naval forces will be taking part in the six-day Cypriot
National Guard exercise "Nikiforos" which begins next Tuesday.
Details of the exercise were announced to journalists in Nicosia by the
chief of the National Guard, Major Panagiotis Tatsiopoulos, who said
"Nikiforos" was being held in conjunction with the Greek armed forces
exercise "Toxotis" within the framework of the two countries' joint defence
Tax evasion by businesses
One in four Greek businesses audited by the finance ministry's economic
crimes squad SDOE are involved in tax evasion, according to the SDOE's
figures for September.
SDOE said that of 12,545 audits on businesses and self-employed professionals,
3,680 were found to be evading payment of tax or duties.
Self-employed professionals such as doctors, lawyers, civil engineers,
artists and public notaries had a 67.93 percent rate for infringements of
the tax code.
Georgia peace talks wind up in Athens
Three-day UN-sponsored peace talks between Georgia and the breakaway
Abkhazia region wind up in Athens on Monday, aimed at ending a six-year
dispute that erupted in Abkhazia, in western Georgia, after Georgian troops
assaulted the region in August 1992.
The Abkhazians pushed the Georgians out of their Black Sea republic in the
fall of 1993.
A shaky truce is monitored by about 3,000 Russian peacekeepers and 150 UN
Penteli reforestation project
A 12,000 stremma expanse, mostly in the district of Penteli, will be
reforested in a tree-planting project that begins early November. The
estimated 600,000 trees will help curtail extensive flooding in the Attica
basin anticipated as a result of last summer's wildfires.
Mostly fair weather is expected throughout the country Monday, with local
clouds in the western and northern regions, possibly turning to rain in the
northwest in the afternoon. The weather in Athens will be fair, with
temperatures ranging from 13-25 C. The same in Thessaloniki, with
temperatures from 11-24 C.
Friday's rates (buying) U.S. dollar 275.558
British pound 468.760 Japanese yen (100) 240.580
French franc 50.882 German mark 170.624
Italian lira (100) 17.241 Irish Punt 425.370
Belgian franc 8.271 Finnish mark 56.078
Dutch guilder 151.275 Danish kr. 44.886
Austrian sch. 24.257 Spanish peseta 2.008
Swedish kr. 35.139 Norwegian kr. 36.829
Swiss franc 210.463 Port. Escudo 1.664
Aus. dollar 175.683 Can. dollar 178.560
Cyprus pound 576.808