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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-02-12
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
12/2/2001 9:28:02 рм
 Greece' Stability and Development programme expected to be adopted by EUNational Economy and Finance minister Yannos Papantoniou left for Brussels yesterday, to attend today's ECOFIN meeting, where the Greek economy's first Stability and Devevelopment program is expected to be adopted, according to a European Union treaty.
ECOFIN is expected to make suggestions on the Labor Market, Social Security and structural changes. At the meting, National Economy undersecretary Christos Pachtas is also scheduled to discuss the issue of Greece's preparation for the implementation of the 3rd EU Support Framework, with European commissioner Michel Barnier, who is responsible for European Union regional policy.
 FYROM's Pm speaks of compound name for his stateFYROM's Prime minister Luptso Georgiefski has left open the possibility of accepting a compound name for his state, adding that in the relative negotiations the Skopjan side was seeking for a name that would be the closest possible to the real name of the country.
September 14th, day of resembrance of Greek genocide Following the signing of a Presidential decree by Culture minister Evagelos Venizelos and Interior undesecretary Constantinos Kaiserlis, September 14 has been declared a day remembrance of the genocide of the Greeks in Asia Minor by the Turkish forces. The decree, which will be signed by the President of the Hellenic Republic, has caused Ankara's discontent.
 Papandreou in the Middle EastForeign minister Yiorgos Papandreou's tour to Jordan and Lebanon, lies within the context of the Greek Foreign policy's interest in the Mediterranean countries.
Mr. Papandreou will be today in Aman, where he will have talks with his counterpart Abdoulah Ilah Hatib, and will be received by King Abdalah II. Tomorrow Mr.Papandreou will visit Lebanon, where he will meet with Prime minister Rafik El Hariri and his counterpart Mahmoud and the President of the Republic of Lebanon Emil Lahoud.
 IOC delegation to visit AthensA delegation of the International Olympics Committee headed by IOC official Jacques Rogues, is expected to visit Athens this week to check the progress of Olympic projects in cooperation with the "Athens 2004" organising committee.
The delegation will also meet with Prime minister Costas Simitis. Meanwhile, Greece has commented positively on the American administration's official reassurance that the US has full confidence in Athens' organisation of the 2004 Olympic Games.
Foreign minister Yiorgos Papandreou described Mr. Powel's statements as proof of good cooperation with the United States, while Culture minister Evagelos Venizelos stressed that only official positions should be taken under consideration.
 PASOK votes for new local and prefectural bodiesApproximately 180 thousand members of the ruling PASOK party went to the polls yesterday, to elect new local and prefectural bodies, as well as the Secretaries of the Socialist party's prefectural committees.
Prime minister Costas Simitis, who voted in Piraeus, expressed the conviction that the inner party elections would contribute to the creation of a democratically organised party, close to its grassroots and sensitive to social needs.
He also said that PASOK remained in the forefront of Democratic procedures. The Secretary of the party's Central committee, Costas Skandalidis, expressed the view that PASOK would give a message of unity, renewal and progress.
 Karamanlis critisizes the governmentNew Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis, who is participating in a prelimenary event in view of his party's 5th congress in Thrace, critisized the government on the sectors of Health and corruption.
Today, Mr. Karamanlis will deliver a speech at the prelimenary conference, which is taking place in Athens on a subject entitled "The invisible side of drugs and the Social, Economic and Political de-stabilization they are causing."
Besides, elections took place yesterday in 40 Prefectural Committees for the election of representatives of the Regional Organisation in the 5th New Democracy Congress. According to the party's anouncement, the whole procedure was exemplary, while unity prevailed and particpation was over 85%.
 Athens Stockmarket officials to defend themselvesThe former President of the Athens Stockmarket Spyros Kouniakis, the President of the Capital Market Committee, as well as members of the board of the two supervising authorities of the capital market have been called by the magistrate to defend themselves,according to a report published in Sunday newspaper "Kathimerini Tis Kyriakis".
 Christodoulos says has no political ambitionDialogue relating to Church-State relations continued yesterday through the columns of the Sunday newspapers. In an interview with "Vima-magazine", the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos, stated that he had no political ambition.
He also accused the government of refusing to hold talks on the issue of ID cards, and of attempting to impose new relations between the state and the church.
Meanwhile, Justice minister Michalis Stathopoulos, in Sunday newspaper "Eleftherotypia", attributed nationalistic and conservative views to the Archibishop, which he maintained were dividing political parties and the Greek people.
 Uprgading of Technological Institutes causes tensionTension is rising in Higher Education, due to an Education ministry draft bill on upgrading Technological Institutes. University Deans have called for the tabling of the bill to be postponed, until the Institutes have been properly evaluated.
In response, the Education minister, Petros Efthymiou, yesterday reiterated that the bill would ensure that the Educational standards of the institutes were raised, so that they could meet present-day needs.
 Wreckage of helictoper detected by special vesselHuman bones and articles as well as the fuselage of the tragic helictoper which crashed off the coast of Sounion on January 14, while carrying a patient from Patmos to Athens were detected by a special vessel yesterday. The fuselage of the helictoper was transferred to Lavrion.