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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-07

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <ert.ntua.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] THESALONIKI WILL HOST THE EU'S ORGANIZATION HEADQUARTERS
  • [02] ONLY 29 OUT OF THE 79 FLIGHTS WILL BE CARRIED OUT TODAY
  • [03] BRITAIN SUPPORTS THE G8 INITIATIVE ON CYPRUS
  • [04] GEORGE PAPANDREOU REFERRED TO PEACE AND CULTURE IN PARIS
  • [05] PLANS ON TOURISTIC DEVELOPMENT NEAR MOUNT PINDOS
  • [06] INTERIOR MINISTRY'S BILL WILL BE SUBMITTED IN PARLIAMENT
  • [07] PAPAIOANNOU ANNOUNCED MEASURES ON THE SOCIAL INSURANCE FUND
  • [08] LIEUTENANT STAMATOYIANNIS DIED
  • [09] MARGARITA PAPANDREOU'S HEALTH IS IMPROVING
  • [10] STRATIS STRATIGIS WAS RESIGNED YESTERDAY
  • [11] PRIZES WERE GIVEN BY THE PRESS MINISTRY YESTERDAY

  • [01] THESALONIKI WILL HOST THE EU'S ORGANIZATION HEADQUARTERS

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said yesterday that the EU leaders had decided at the Rio de Janeiro summit that Thesaloniki would host the headquarters of the EU's Organization for the reconstruction of the Balkans. Mr. Reppas added that any difficulties would be easily overcome as Thesaloniki met all required criteria and preconditions.

    [02] ONLY 29 OUT OF THE 79 FLIGHTS WILL BE CARRIED OUT TODAY

    Employees of the Olympic Airways have decided to go ahead with the 24-hour strike scheduled for today. The company will procede to cancel and merge some of today's flights and it is expected that only 29 flights out of the scheduled 79 will be carried out. According to the "Financial Times" of London the European Commission threatens to block part of the economic aid planned to be given to Olympic Airways due to the slow progress made in the national air carrier's reconstruction.

    [03] BRITAIN SUPPORTS THE G8 INITIATIVE ON CYPRUS

    Britain remains dedicated to the implementation of the G8 initiative for Cyprus, because it wants it to succeed. This statement was made by the British high commissioner in Nicosia, Edward Clay, after a meeting with the speaker of the Cypriot House Spyros Kyprianou, who briefed him on the positions of the Cypriot political parties. Mr. Clay said that the Cypriots of the two communities must think very carefully on how they would look at their joint future and avoid any moves which could lead to the failure of yet another initiative before it even begins.

    [04] GEORGE PAPANDREOU REFERRED TO PEACE AND CULTURE IN PARIS

    A world conference on the subject "Education and Sports for a Culture of Peace", organized by UNESCO and the International Olympic Committee, opened in Paris on Monday, with the participation of government and parliamentary delegations from all over the world. Greek foreign minister, George Papandreou, who presided over yesterday's session, referred to peace and culture for the creation of a better world.

    [05] PLANS ON TOURISTIC DEVELOPMENT NEAR MOUNT PINDOS

    The secretary general of the Greek Tourism Organisation, Evgenios Yannakopoulos, yesterday announced plans for the touristic development of the regions near mount Pindos. The total public expenditure for the region amounts to 154 billion dr. and includes the prefectures of Kastoria, Florina, Ioannina, Kozani, Grevena, Arta, Trikala, Karditsa, Evritania, Etoloakarnania, Fthiotida and Fokida. This development will depend on the incentives created for investments to be made by the private sector for the creation of tourist residences, the improvement and extension of the road network, the creation of ski centres, the protection of wild life and incentives for new kinds of tourism.

    [06] INTERIOR MINISTRY'S BILL WILL BE SUBMITTED IN PARLIAMENT

    According to the bill of the Interior ministry to be submitted in Parliament soon, 30,000 employees, which had signed temporary employment agreements, will be made permanent in the public service and in the local administration.

    [07] PAPAIOANNOU ANNOUNCED MEASURES ON THE SOCIAL INSURANCE FUND

    In an attempt to offer a better service to the insured, Labour minister Miltiades Papaioannou has announced measures for the modernisation of the Social Insurance Fund (IKA). Among the measures to be taken is the speeding up of processes when issuing pensions, a 30% rise of the Foundations's income and the freezing of expenditure for medical care at the 99 levels in order to combat extravagances.

    [08] LIEUTENANT STAMATOYIANNIS DIED

    Lieutenant Stavros Stamatoyiannis, who was seriously injured when trying to land his F-5 aircraft in a military airport near Thessaloniki two days ago, finally died despite the doctors efforts to keep him alive. In the meantime, a Committe of Speciliasts continues its investigation in order to find out the causes of the accident.

    [09] MARGARITA PAPANDREOU'S HEALTH IS IMPROVING

    Margarita Papandreou, former wife of the founder of PASOK party, Andreas Papandreou, is reported to be in a stable condition and improving, at the Onasio Cardiac center, after a heart attack she suffered Monday morning. Mrs. Papandreou is being treated at the hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

    [10] STRATIS STRATIGIS WAS RESIGNED YESTERDAY

    Stratis Stratigis, the chairman of the Olympic Games Committee, has submitted his resignation for personal reasons. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas has said his successor would be nominated within the next few days.

    [11] PRIZES WERE GIVEN BY THE PRESS MINISTRY YESTERDAY

    The leading mass media of greek communities abroad and their best reporting pieces during 1998 were given by Press ministry prizes at a special ceremony in Athens yesterday. The prizes were awarded by the President of the Greek Republic Kostis Stefanopoulos.
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