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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-07-03

Athens News Agency: News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Electrified fences to prevent bears' entrance onto Egnatia motorway
  • [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] Electrified fences to prevent bears' entrance onto Egnatia motorway

    Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias recently announced the upgrading of the fencing and the building of non-lethal electrified wires along portions of the Egnatia motorway spanning the breadth of northern Greece in order to prevent bears from entering the high-speed highway.

    Souflias made the statement at a meeting with brown bear protection organisations, following a number of deaths of the endangered species on the specific roadway, which criss-crosses much of the mountainous Pindus range of northwest Greece.

    The ministry will also begin a campaign to brief rural residents of the western Macedonia province on bears' behaviour and how to protect themselves against the predators when in the forest.

    [02] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Friday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    Cutbacks in health spending, political party finances and the Siemens kickbacks and bribery scandal were the main front-page items in Friday's newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Upgrading of IKA (state-run Social Security Foundation), disability pensions, health spending, etc. are the priorities - Strict timetable set out by prime minister during visit to development ministry".

    APOGEVMATINI: "A giant is born in the insurance sector - PostBank and ELTA (Hellenic Posts) establishing giant insurance company" to be called Post Insurance Brokerage S.A.

    AVGHI: They're demolishing the Health funds - Prime minister announced separation of IKA into Pensions branch and Health branch, paving the way for downgrading of all the health funds".

    AVRIANI: "Explosive proposal by Christoforakos (fugitive Siemens Hellas former CEO who was recently arrested in Germany on an international warrant issued by Greece) that causes terror in the 'system': I'll hand over the CD containing the names of the politicians who took the bribes, on condition that the (two) warrants (for his arrest) are rescinded".

    ELEFTHERI ORA: "Illegal migrants a lethal threat - Tragic observation by EU commissioner for justice, freedom and security issues Jacques Barrot (who visited Athens earlier in the week), who spoke of a threat of "destabilisation of Greece's democracy".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Barrot: Illegal migration a danger for Greece - The uncontrolled migration a threat to Greek democracy".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Political parties, OTE (Hellenic Telecoms Organisation) took the bribes, Christoforakos admitted in his second marathon testimony".

    ESTIA: "Immense harm to the economy - The measures (announced earlier in the week) intensify the negative climate".

    ETHNOS: "Triple blow against the social security system - New round of upsets, in the guise of 'reform'."

    KATHIMERINI: "Political money on the agenda - After pressure by the public opinion, the political parties examining stricter measures for transparency".

    LOGOS: "Battle for Christoforakos' extradition - He's playing all his negotiating 'aces' in Germany to avert his extradition to Greece".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Dangerous ND-PASOK methodisations targeting the KKE".

    TA NEA: "Plethora of ambiguities in arrangement for building code transgressions".

    TO VIMA: "They're breaking up IKA into two in order to put the chaos in expenditures under control - Karamanlis, Petralia separating the pension and health divisions".

    VRADYNI: "Omnibus bill for the incorporations (into the city plans)".


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