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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-04-18

CONTENTS

  • [01] Meeting of Prime-minister Simitis with Labour Mnister opens dialogue on
  • [02] Turkish Foreign Minister visits the occupied sector of Cyprus
  • [03] Ecumenical Patriarch criticised the Church of Greece
  • [04] Last details for Pope John Paul visit to Greece
  • [05] Greek basketball team Amarusio won the Supporta Cup
  • [06] Greek economy growth rate 4,8%
  • [07] Prime-minister Simitis deied rumours about a goverment's reshuffle
  • [08] Cyprus President on a private visit to Egypt
  • [09] Four illegal immigrants died of cold
  • [10] Fuel prices up
  • [11] Athens stock market
  • [12] Balcan symposium of English language teachers in Alexandropolis
  • [13] Three seamen, crew members of Safmarine-Galana lost their lives
  • [14] Weather forecast

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    18/4/2001 12:57:00 μμ

    [01] Meeting of Prime-minister Simitis with Labour Mnister opens dialogue on reforms in the social security system

    Prime-minister Kostas Simitis today's meeting with Labour Minister Tasos Yannitsis and undersecretary Nikos Farmakis opens the dialogue on reforms in the social security system . The final proposals for the social security system will be announced by the goverment on Thursday, after a joint meeting of the cabinet and the ruling PASOK party's executive office. Talks with various involved parties will subsequently follow. Meanwhile, National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou and Labour Minister Tasos Yannitsis met on Tuesday and examined eventual changes in the social security system on the basis of the British agency report which has already been handed to the leadership of the Labour Ministry. After the meeting, both ministers refused to disclose their proposals. However , National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou said that the goverment's aim was to ensure social justice while on his part Labour Minister Tasos Yiannitsis stressed the importace of takig measures that would not shatter people's faith in the system , in relation to pensios and provisions for the elderly . Referring to the same issue , Press undersecretary Tilemachos Chytiris stressed that the goverment's aim was to ensure pensions for all the Greeks for the next 50 years within the framework of a stability and developmental policy . He also added that workers had no reason whatsoever to be concerned. Nevertheless, workers' unions are threatening the goverment with open conflicts in the event various scenarios about the merging of social security funds and other changes they radically object to come true. In another development, Prime- minister Simitis will meet with National Defense Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos on Friday, in order to clear up the differences in opinion regarding a recent decision to cut back defence spending.

    [02] Turkish Foreign Minister visits the occupied sector of Cyprus

    Within the framework of a three-day visit to the occupied sector of Cyprus, the Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem met on Tuesday with the Turkish-Cypriot political leadership. According to the Turkish-Cypriot newspaper ''Avrupa'' the aim of the visit was to persuade Turkish-Cypriot leader Rauf Denktash to accept Turkey's new strategy on the Cyprus issue and to resume UN-sponsored proximity talks. Following the meeting, the Turkish Foreign Minister said he had come to hear the views of the political leadership and gave reassurances that Ankara would continue to support the self-declared Turkish-Cypriot state, called Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, which is recognised only by Turkey.

    [03] Ecumenical Patriarch criticised the Church of Greece

    Ecumenical patriarch Vartholomeos criticized the Church of Greece on Monday, accusing those who did not respect the role and history of the Orthodox Patriarchate, as perpetrators of matricide. He also expressed the view that ethnic Greeks living in Constantinople were victims of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and of Greek-Turkish disputes.

    [04] Last details for Pope John Paul visit to Greece

    Meanwhile, in Athens, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church, Archbishop Christodoulos will have an opportunity for a private discussion with the Pope. According to reliable sources, the pontiff plans to invite him to dinner during his upcoming visit to Greece next month. A delegation of the Vatican will arrive in Greece today to plan the last details of Pope John Paull II schedule - who is expected in Greece on May 4. The Pope's program includes a joint statement with Archbishop Christodoulos and a mass at the indoor Olympic stadium in the suburb of Marousi.

    [05] Greek basketball team Amarusio won the Supporta Cup

    A great night in Warsow, on Tuesday for the Greek basketball with the team of Amarousio beating 74-72 the French team Elan-Salon in the Supporta Cup finals. The speaker of the Greek parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis congratulated the Greek players, while the residents of the municipality of Amarousio celebrated the team's victory .

    [06] Greek economy growth rate 4,8%

    According to the biannual report of the European Commission - to be released on April 25 - the growth rate of the Greek ecoomy is estimated around 4.8% compared to the 5% growth rate estimated by the Greek National Economy Ministry . The report also predicts a slow -down in the drop of the inflation rate and difficulties in achieving the goal of a 0.5% surplus .

    [07] Prime-minister Simitis deied rumours about a goverment's reshuffle

    Prime-minister Simitis addressing members of the Pasok party prefectural and regional committees categorically denied rumours about a goverment reshuffle . Greek Foreign Minister believes crisis in FYROM would not extend any further . In a recent interview with the Yugoslav newsagency SENSE, the Greek Foreign Minister George Papandreou expressed optimism that the crisis in neighbouring FYROM (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) would not extend any further. The Greek foreign minister underlined that it could be overcome through joint efforts on the part of the United States, the European Union and countries of southeastern Europe. Greece, Mr Papandreou pointed out, could be of assistance with its experience in the work of reforms and implementation of European Union law.

    [08] Cyprus President on a private visit to Egypt

    The Cypriot President Glafkos Kliridis who is on a private visit to Egypt will have various contacts there, while he is also expected to have a meeting with his Egyptian counterpart Hosni Mubarak. On Wednesday , President Kliridis will meet Patriarch Petros of Alexandria at the monastery of Saint George in Cairo, while in the evening he will attend a dinner the Egyptian ambassador to Nicosia Omar Metuali will host in his honor.

    [09] Four illegal immigrants died of cold

    Four illegal immigrants ,2 men and 2 women paid with their lives their dream for a better life . In their effort along with 8 others to cross the Greek-Bulgarian borders ,they died of cold on the Belles mountain . The other 8 illegal immigrants were arrested by Greek border guards .

    [10] Fuel prices up

    Fuel prices icrease as from Thursday , with gasoline going up by 7 drs. per litter and heating oil by 5,5 drs per litter .

    [11] Athens stock market

    On the Athens stock exchange, the general share price index went up by 0.82% on Tuesday, to close at 3,185.50 points.

    [12] Balcan symposium of English language teachers in Alexandropolis

    The Balkan symposium of English-language teachers will be held in Alexandroupolis on April 27 to 29, with the participation of teachers from primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education, from Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey and Yugoslavia. Parallel to the conference sessions, an international book fair will also take place and guided tours of the Evros region will be available to participants. The symposium was organized by the Thracian Association of English Teachers, in collaboration with the Balkan Association of Education and the Alexandroupolis municipality.

    [13] Three seamen, crew members of Safmarine-Galana lost their lives

    Three seamen, including a Greek national, lost their lives on Monday, when the Cyprus-flagged cargo ship ''Safmarin- Galana'' caught fire near the port of Durban in South Africa. 52 year old Dimitris Chaviaras - the ship's second engineer - together with a Lithuanian and a Indian sailor, was trapped in his cabin when the fire broke out in the crew's recreation area. There were no other injuries or casualties on board the vessel.

    [14] Weather forecast

    Local showers are forecast for most of the country ,with conditions gradually improving from the West . Attica will have a cloudy day ,with early mornig showers and temperatures ranging from 11-21 degrees Celcius . Similar weather conditios in Thessaloniki ,where temperatures will range from 8-17 degrees Celcius .
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