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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-02-28
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
NEWS IN ENGLIS ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
28/2/2001 9:35:16 ðì
 Greece to acquire 3 new submarinesThe regular six-month military exercise for parachuters took place in Tersephanou yesterday. 76 parachuters from Greece and Cyprus took part in the exercise.
In the meantime, National Defence minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos was present in Kiel at the ceremony for the construction of the first of three U-214 submarines Greece will purchase.
The other two submarines will be constructed at Skaramangas shipyards on the basis of a relevant agreement signed in February 2000.
 First meeting between Papandreou-PowelFollowing his first meeting with his American counterpart Collin Powel at the NATO ministerial summit in Brussels yesterday, Foreign minister Yiorgos Papandreou described it as constructive, useful and friendly.
The two men discussed about Greek-Turkish relations, the Cyrpus issue, developments in the Middle East and the crisis in Southern Serbia. Mr. Powel reported that the American government did not intend to send special envoys for the Cyprus issue and expressed his support for the continuation of the Cyprus proximity talks, not excluding the possibility of another initiative.
On the sidelines of the conference Mr. Papandreou also met with his Turkish counterpart Ismail Cem with whom he discussed the acceleration and completion of the confidence building measures between Greece and Turkey and other economic issues.
 Croatia's accession to the EU to be discussed todayDuring a tripartite meeting scheduled to take place today between the Prime ministers of Greece Sweden and Croatia, the three parties will discuss about the prospect of accession of Balkan countries and especially of Croatia to the European Union.
Yesterday, Mr. Simitis met with his Croatian counterpart Ivica Ranca with whom he decided the establishing of the air connection between Athens and Zagreb.
They also discussed about the connection of the Adriatic sea with the Ionian islands.
Other issues discussed were the latest developments in the Balkans and the cooperation on issues of electric power and Agricultural industry. Finally, it was anounced that the President of the Hellenic Republic Costis Stephanopoulos would pay an official visit to Zagreb in May.
 State Department report on Human Rights for 2000The yearly report issued by the US State Department on the situation of human rights has been quite negative for Turkey.
However, it is evident that those responsible for the report are trying to diffentiate the responsibilities of the government from those of the country's security forces.
As far as Greece is concerned, the report refers for the first time to the action of the terrorist organisation "17 November", to the conflict between the State and the Church and to reports regarding the misbehaviour towards gypsies.
Commenting on the State Department report as regards terrorism in Greece, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the issue of terrorism was Greece's concern only. At the same time he added that the Greek government's target was to combat terrorism and for that reason it cooperated with other countries' services among which the United States.
 Work stoppage in Olympic Airways todayChanges will be implemented today on Olympic Airways' timetable due to the three hour work stoppage staged by employees from 09:00am to 12:00pm.
Rejection of ND party' proposal to check cases with illegal acquisition of Greek citizenship New Democracy party's proposal for the setting up of a committee responsible to examine the illegal offering of Greek citizenship to immigrants was rejected in Parliament last night.
115 deputies voted in favour and 150 against. PASOK, the Greek Communist party and the Coalition of the Left Wing and Progress party voted against, while Stephanos Manos' Liberals did not support New Democracy party's proposal.
Earlier, New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis had asked for the re-checking of the cases provided with the Greek citizenship, adding that in the following days he would brief the President of the Hellenic Republic Costis Stephanopoulos on the case.
 52.000 working positions for unemployedThe Ministry of Labour will offer the opportunity to 52.000 unemployed through the Organisation of Employment of the Greek Public (OAED) in 2001 to get a job and study lessons on their vocation.
Presenting the basic axis of the plan of employment amounting to 111 billion drachmas, Labour minister Tasos Yianitis reiterated his commitment for the creation of 300.000 new working positions.
 Simitis-Papoutsis meetingPrime minister Costas Simitis and Merchant Marine minister Christos Papoutis met for one hour at Maximos Mansion today. Mr. Papoutsis briefed Mr. Simitis on the new institutional framework regarding the release of naval transport market and the relevant draft bill being promoted in Parliament
 General census for Greece on March 18National Economy minister Yiannos Papantoniou and the Secretary General of the National Statistical Service of Greece presented yesterday the programme for the general census of the Greek population that will take place on March 18.
The two men also stressed the importance of the census of the population especially on the economic life of the country. The last census had taken place in 1991.
Mr. Papantoniou also stated that for the first time the National Statistical Service would carry out a census for the Greeks living abroad, adding that it would take place immediately after the anouncement of the results of the census in Greece.
 Rise in prices of propertiesThe prices of properties are expected to skyrocket following the adjustment of tax office evaluation prices. Specifically, it is expected that the new prices within the first ten days of March will be 30 to 35% higher in average.
 Electronic system to monitor drivers in AthensThe Council of State has given the green light for the use of an electronic system on street arteries and main streets in Athens that will be monitoring drivers breaking the law.
 0,33% drop in Athens Stock Exchange yesterdayThe General Share Price Index of the Athens Stock Exchange fell by 0,33% yesterday closing at 3.154 points.
 Papanikola's funeral at 3:15 pm todayOne of the most important Greek musicians Rinio Papanikola will be burried at the Athens First Cemetery at 3:15pm today.