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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
23/1/2001 10:28:06 рм
 ND deputy Michaloliakos out of dangerNew Democracy party deputy Vasilis Michaloliakos, is being hospitalized out of danger, however the perpetrators and the motives of the bomb attack against him remain unknown .
Following an inter-ministerial meeting yesterday, Prime minister Costas Simitis called on the Public Order minister to intensify efforts for combatting terrorism, stressing that deeds are more important than words.
Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas described as non- satisfactory the resutlts of the investigations so far, adding that a bill on terrorism, that would contribute to a more effective facing of the problem, would be tabled in Parliament in February. In the meantime, the Parliament unanimously described the murder attempt against New Democracy deputy Vasilis Michaloliakos as a blow against Democracy.
The Speaker of the House, Apostolos Kaklamanis, underlined that the Greek society showed solidarity in all efforts aiming at fully vanishing the phenomenon of terrorism.
From his side Public Order minister Michalis Chrysohoides appeared optimistic in dealing with terrorism with the aid of the society.
 Inter-ministerial meeting on the needs of 2004 OlympicsAn inter-ministerial meeting for the 2004 Athens Olympics was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Prime minister Costas Simitis.
The mosts important issues discussed were the safety of the Olympic Games and the construction of the Olympic village.
At the meeting, Public Works and Environment minister Costas Laliotis briefed the other ministers on progress made and locations that had been selected for the five villages for journalists.
He also presented a program for extensions to the metro. Health minister Alekos Papadopoulos pointed out the need to increase the number of ambulances in Athens and the need for an additional 2.800 doctors.
 Frozen food imported from Yugoslavia safeAccording to the National Atomic Energy Committee, radiation levels in all sectors of the Greek mission's responsibility in Kosovo as well as in other regions of the province, are normal, and fruit and vegetables imported from Yugoslavia are safe.
Furthermore, according to the control carried out by Dimocritos institute, all frozen products, imported from the neighbouring country are also safe.
In the meantime, the first 70 Greek soldiers, who had asked to return from kosovo to greece, arrived yesterday, while 130 more are expected to come back within the next two weeks.
Finally, the Secretary General of the Greek Communist party Aleka Papariga is visiting Yugoslavia tomorrow as head of her party's delegation. Her visit will end on January 28.
 European Council describes Greek fiscal policy as credibleThe European Council described the fiscal forcast of the government's officials regarding the Greek stability programme 2000-2004 submitted to Commision, as credible. In tandem, the Council made proposals in order to curb inflation and deal with unemployement in Greece.
In the meantime, National Economy undersecretary Yiannis Zaphiropoulos publisized the draft bill which will enable the boosting of Greece's presence abroad with the opening of offices responsible for trade and economic transactions.
 Greek plan for restructuring of Balkans to be ready soonAccording to the National Economy minister Yiannos Papantoniou the provisions of the draft bill regarding the Greek plan for the restructuring of the Balkans within 2001- 2005, will be ready by the end of the month. According to the plan the money to be spend ammounts to 180 billion drachmas.
Additionally, the government anounced the draftbill regarding the functioning of the bureau of the National Economy ministry responsible for services abroad.
 Simitis to address Parliament todayPrime minister Costas Simitis will meet with National Defence minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos today and later will have a meeting with PASOK's Secretary Costas Skandalides. In the afternoon Mr. Simitis will address the Parliament regarding developments in Europe following the inter-governmental Conference in Nice.
 Deliberations between Greek and Albanian Foreign ministriesThe General Secretary of the Greek Foreign ministry Mr. Savaides and the manager of the bureau of South-eastern Europe ambassador Mr. Mallias had deliberations with the Secretary General of the Albanian Foreign ministry Saban Mourati in Athens yesterday. The deliberations focused on the imminent resumption on behalf of Tirana of the Presidency regarding the cooperation of the Balkan countries. Besides, ambassador Mr. Mallias and the Foreign ministry advisor Sotiris Valden will visit Skopje today to exchange views with the current presidency of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia on the preparations for the summit meeting of the countries of South-eastern Europe which will take place there on 22 and 23 February.
 Spata airport to function in MarchThe new airport in Spata will begin functioning in March, while Olympic Airways has programmed for today a trial flight to check whether the various systems of the airport are functioning.
 More tourists visited Greece and Turkey in 2000Following the latest developments in Greek-Turkish relations 204.000 Greek tourists visited Turkey in 2000. Additionally, the number of Turkish tourists who visited Greece rose. The two countries' Foreign ministries as well as the Greek- Turkish committee of Business Cooperation had dealt with the joint tourist programmes which led to the cooperation between the two countries on this sector.
 2,26% drop in Athens Stock Exchange yesterdayThe General Share Price Index of the Athens Stock Exchange fell by 2,26% yesterday closing at 3.081,85 points.
 Ceremony for return of 274 stolen ancient artefacts to GreeceA ceremony regarding the return of 274 ancient artefacts to Greece, after being stolen from the museum of ancient Corinth on April 12 1990 and confiscated in Maimi, USA took place at the Culture ministry yesterday in the presence of Culture minister Evagelos Venizelos and American ambassador in Greece Nicholas Burns.
 Cyprus' cultural heritage destroyed by TurksSpecial reference is being made in this year's report of the World Council on Monuments and Archaelogical sites to the destruction of Cyprus' cultural heritage in the occupied terrritories by the Turks. Specifically, the Turks have changed all Greek names and abolished any written proof regarding the Ancient Greek civilization.