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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-10-26

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PRIVATISATION PROCEDURES SPEEDED UP IN VIEW OF EMU
  • [02] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER DENIES TURKISH MASS MEDIA REPORTS
  • [03] COALITION LEADER VISITING TURKEY
  • [04] THESSALONIKI TO BE APPROVED AS HQ FOR BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION
  • [05] ARCHBISHOP REQUESTS SAY IN EDUCATION AND MINORITY PROGRAMMES
  • [06] FIRST PRE-FABRICATED HOUSES FOR HOMELESS READY
  • [07] KILLER OF IMMIGRANTS REMANDED IN CUSTODY
  • [08] PRIME MINISTER HAS WORKING SESSION WITH PASOK SECRETARY
  • [09] OPPOSITION LEADER CONCERNED OVER PEACE IN YUGOSLAVIA
  • [10] ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE DOWN 0.4% ON MONDAY
  • [11] ALBANIAN PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS
  • [12] GERMANY LINKS SALE OF TANKS TO TURKEY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

  • [01] PRIVATISATION PROCEDURES SPEEDED UP IN VIEW OF EMU

    The government is speeding up privatisation procedures for enterprises and organizations of the broader public sector in the framework of structural changes promoted in view of Greece's entry into European Economic and Monetary Union. Meanwhile, during a session at the national economy ministry yesterday, it was decided to speed up the procedure for the floating of 30% of the shares of the Athens-Piraeus Water Supply Company (EYDAP) and 20% of the Greek Industrial Development Bank (ETVA), as well as a package of shares of the Greek Oil company, although the amount of shares to be floated has not yet been determined. Furthermore, the new state budget to be tabled in parliament on November 3rd has been finalized, while the course of inflation is causing concern as it does not yet meet the relevant criteria for European Economic and Monetary Union. Finance undersecretary Nikos Christodoulakis is to meet with the board of the Civil Servants' Union today and will announce the government's new income policy.

    [02] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER DENIES TURKISH MASS MEDIA REPORTS

    In a written statement yesterday, Greek foreign minister Giorgos Papandreou denied that Greece would back Turkey's unconditional candidacy to join the EU, as the Turkish CNN news channel reported. In the meantime, Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas has expressed the government's disapproval of press reports referring to an alleged change in the Athens F.I.R. Mr Reppas also said that the specific publications had nothing to do with reality, as the Athens F.I.R. was still as it had been agreed upon in 1958.

    [03] COALITION LEADER VISITING TURKEY

    Leader of the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress Nikos Konstantopoulos, who is on an official visit to Ankara, has stated that Greece should not block Turkey's European course, although Turkey should meet European standards. Mr Konstantopoulos will meet with Turkish president Suleyman Demirel today. Meanwhile the third round of the Greek-Turkish dialogue winds up in Athens today with the meeting of working groups on issues of economic cooperation, trade, tourism and citizens' security.

    [04] THESSALONIKI TO BE APPROVED AS HQ FOR BALKAN RECONSTRUCTION

    Tomorrow, the European parliament is expected to approve, formally as well, the candidacy of the city of Thessaloniki as the headquarters of the Organization for the Reconstruction of the Balkans, while the EU budget for the year 2000 will be the main subject of the Europarliament's plenary sessions.

    [05] ARCHBISHOP REQUESTS SAY IN EDUCATION AND MINORITY PROGRAMMES

    In letters to the Greek ministries of education and foreign affairs, archbishop Christodoulos of Athens and All Greece has requested that the Church of Greece have a say in matters such as the contents of textbooks in Greek schools and EU programmes concerning the Moslem minority in Thrace.

    [06] FIRST PRE-FABRICATED HOUSES FOR HOMELESS READY

    Environment, planning and public works minister Kostas Laliotis yesterday inaugurated the first settlement of 120 pre-fabricated houses in Metamorfosi, destined for quake- stricken families. Mr Laliotis announced that another 5,000 pre-fabricated houses will have been delivered to the municipalities of northwestern Attica by the end of November.

    [07] KILLER OF IMMIGRANTS REMANDED IN CUSTODY

    Social organizations have called for the issuing of legal papers to economic immigrants and the granting of political asylum to political refugees. Meanwhile 23 year old Pantelis Kazakos, accused of killing two foreigners and wounding seven more, will be taken to prison today. After he was brought before a magistrate, Kazakos appeared to have no regrets about his actions, in fact he claimed he was doing a service to the homeland. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said the supporters of racist beliefs should be eliminated from Greek society, adding the government would deal very severely with such cases.

    [08] PRIME MINISTER HAS WORKING SESSION WITH PASOK SECRETARY

    Prime minister Kostas Simitis met yesterday with secretary of the ruling PASOK party Kostas Skandalidis to prepare tomorrow's session of the party's executive bureau.

    [09] OPPOSITION LEADER CONCERNED OVER PEACE IN YUGOSLAVIA

    During an event at the Institute of Democracy yesterday, opposition New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis expressed concern over the peace process in Yugoslavia.

    [10] ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE DOWN 0.4% ON MONDAY

    On the Athens Stock exchange, the general share price index dropped slightly by 0.4% on Monday, closing at 5,577.89 points. Similar was the trend in major european stock markets.

    [11] ALBANIAN PRIME MINISTER RESIGNS

    Albanian prime minister Pandeli Majko resigned late last night. Today he is to submit his resignation formally to Albanian president Rexhep Mejdani. His spokesman Lorenc Vangeli announced Mr Majko's decision reflected the situation in Albania in the wake of the recent congress of the ruling Socialist party, during which the prime minister failed to be elected leader of the party. According to the Albanian constitution, if president Mejdani accepts Mr Majko's resignation, he will call on Fatos Nano, new leader of the largest party, the Socialist party, to designate a new prime minister, who will then have to win a vote of confidence in parliament and also the approval of the president of the republic.

    [12] GERMANY LINKS SALE OF TANKS TO TURKEY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS

    Germany's ruling coalition of Social Democrats and Greens decided last night to link the sale of tanks to Turkey with progress in the human rights sector. Nevertheless, after consultations under the chairmanship of chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, the ruling coalition ratified the delivery of a new tank to Turkey to test its performance.
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