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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-01-16

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Simitis said Greece would react positively to new challenges
  • [02] Voislav Kostunica visits Greece
  • [03] NATO's medical committee meets in Brussels
  • [04] Nikos Christodoulakis is currently in Britain
  • [05] Cuban foreign minister visits Greece today
  • [06] The five persons are still missing
  • [07] Karamanlis spoke at an event
  • [08] Reppas commented on Pangalos' statements
  • [09] Traffic problems due to bad weather conditions

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5 THE VOICE OF GREECE

    16/1/2001 9:59:37 рм

    [01] Simitis said Greece would react positively to new challenges

    At an event organized by the Piraeus Chamber of Commerce and Industry yesterday, the prime minister Costas Simitis expressed his conviction that Greece would react positively to the new challenges.

    Attending the event were the president of the Greek Republic, Constantine Stefanopoulos, the opposition new democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis, diplomats and the mayors of Athens and Piraeus.

    Meanwhile, during his yesterday's visit to the Bank of Greece, accompanied by the national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou, the prime minister Costas Simitis stressed that Greece had entered a new era with more stability, controlled inflation and higher income for the citizen.

    Mr Simitis also spoke of the need to intensify efforts for full adjustment of the Greek economy to the eurozone.

    [02] Voislav Kostunica visits Greece

    The president of the Yugoslav Republic Voislav Kostunica will pay his first two-day official visit to Greece today. Mr Kostunica will meet with the Greek president and the prime minister.

    On the agenda of talks between the Yugoslav president and the Greek leadership, will be bilateral relations, developments in the Balkan region, with emphasis on Kosovo and Montenegro, Yugoslavia's European prospects and its domestic developments.

    It will also be discussed the environmental pollution in Yugoslavia and the related question of the so-called Balkan syndrome.

    [03] NATO's medical committee meets in Brussels

    NATO's medical committee is meeting in Brussels behind closed doors to discuss the issue of the depleted uranium weapons' impact on health.

    The outcome of the meeting will be given to publicity this evening. A special committee set up by NATO to deal with facing the depleted uranium issue is also meeting for the first time.

    [04] Nikos Christodoulakis is currently in Britain

    The development minister Nikos Christodoulakis, who is currently in Britain, today will meet with his British counterpart Helen Lindel and the education minister Mr Blackston.

    [05] Cuban foreign minister visits Greece today

    The Cuban foreign minister Felipe Perez Rongue will pay an official visit to Greece today for talks with the Greek political leadership.

    During his stay in Athens thew Cuban foreign minister will sign with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou a series of agreements on the sector of trade, agriculture and tourism.

    [06] The five persons are still missing

    The five persons who were aboard the medical services helicopter, which fell in the open sea of Sounio, while flying from Samos last Sunday, are still missing. Only fragments of the helicopter have been found, however rescue teams keep on searching, despite the harsh weather conditions prevailing in the area.

    [07] Karamanlis spoke at an event

    Speaking at an event organized by the New Democracy women's secretariat, the New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis yesterday launched a harsh attack on the government. Among other things, Mr Karamanlis stressed that politics were currently facing a determined attempt to be controlled by organized economic interests, motivated mainly by money, media and formulates of public opinion.

    [08] Reppas commented on Pangalos' statements

    Commenting on former culture minister Theodoros Pangalos' statements, the government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said that the government would not follow the slippery road chosen by Mr Pangalos.

    Mr Pangalos, said the government spokesman, is following a negative course. He added however that his dismissal from the parliamentary group was out of the question.

    Referring to Mr Pangalos statements, national defense minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos yesterday said that everybody had the right to freely express their views.

    [09] Traffic problems due to bad weather conditions

    Traffic problems have been caused in the roads of northern Greece due to the heavy snowfalls. There were also delays in flights in all airports of the country, due to the bad weather wave.
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