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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-05-10

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Greece 20 years in the European Union
  • [02] European future for the Balkans says Karamanlis
  • [03] Simitis to present a clear picture of the Greek economy
  • [04] Unconditional dialogue for Social Security System issue
  • [05] Law allows the stay of thousands of foreigners in Greece
  • [06] Work stoppage and strikes in hospitals
  • [07] Opposition against draft bill regarding the upgrading of Technological
  • [08] Archbishop Christodoulos in Moscow
  • [09] Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos receives Archbishop of American
  • [10] Military exercises
  • [11] Opinion poll shows 49,3% of Greeks dissatisfied with Greek government
  • [12] Samson dies in Cyrpus yesterday
  • [13] New prices on fuel as of today
  • [14] 1,35% drop in Athens Stock Exchange yesterday

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5 - THE VOICE OF GREECE

    10/5/2001 1:57:00 μμ

    [01] Greece 20 years in the European Union

    During his speech at Zappeion mansion yesterday commemorating the 20th aniversary from Greece?s accession to the European Union, Prime minister Costas Simitis said that Greece proved to be a factor of stability, peace and cooperation in the Balkans. Mr. Simitis also referred to the European vision of a competitive economy with social cohesion and security. Present at the event were the President of the Hellenic Republic Constantinos Stephanopoulos, Foreign minister Yiorgos Papandreou and Foreign Undersecretary Elisavet Papazoi. In the meantime, Mr. Papandreou informed the United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan about Greece?s intention to acquire a seat at the United Nations Security Council for the period 2005-2006.

    [02] European future for the Balkans says Karamanlis

    During the meeting of the Parliamentary Group of the European Popular party in Thessaloniki yesterday, New Democracy President Costas Karamanlis stressed that the future of the Balkans could only be European. He also pointed out that Greece should undertake initiatives towards that direction, as well see that peace and security could be established in the region. In tandem, he asked for the denunciation of extremist groups in Skopje.

    [03] Simitis to present a clear picture of the Greek economy

    During a Cabinet meeting yesterday, the participants discussed the stance Prime Minister Costas Simitis would adopt during today discussion in Parliament on the course of the Greek economy. According to government spokesman Dimitris Reppas, the Prime Minister will try to present a clear picture of the Greek economy on the occasion of the completely wrong views presented by the New Democracy party on the issue.

    [04] Unconditional dialogue for Social Security System issue

    Political party leaders will participate in a discussion on the Social Security System in Parliament today. Prime Minister Costas Simitis is expected to call on all sides to partipate in an uncondinional dialogue on the issue. During a Cabinet meeting yesterday, the government?s position for an unconditional dialogue on the Social Security issue was reaffirmed once more.

    Following the end of the meeting government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said that state financing of the Social Security System should be taken for granted, stressing that the government insisted for a dialogue with the Trade Unions and other organisatinons. From his side, National Economy minister Yiannos Papantoniou proposed the creation of a Social Security Fund, which would be financed from tax revenues and revenues from privatizations.

    [05] Law allows the stay of thousands of foreigners in Greece

    Thousands of foreigners, who are living and working in Greece, will be allowed to stay in Greece according to the new law for immigrants which will be valid from June 2. The immigrants will have to submit the supporting documents within two months.

    [06] Work stoppage and strikes in hospitals

    Due to the six-hour work stoppage of employees in all public hospitals in Athens and Greece, they will function with sceleton staff today, while employees of the rest hospitals have staged a 24-hour strike. The employees are demanding a rise in their salaries, more staff to be hired and the withdrawal of the measures regarding the Socical Security System.

    [07] Opposition against draft bill regarding the upgrading of Technological Institutes

    During the discussion on the upgrading of the Technological Institutes in Parliament yesterday, Education minister Petros Efthymiou went ahead with ammendments on the draft-bill regarding the incorporation of the Technological Institutes to University Education. Mr. Efthymiou accepted the political parties demand to describe the Technological Institutes as non University ones in the draft bill, but to be excluded in its provisions, satisfying thus the the demand of the Professors of the Technological Institutes. All political parties are against the draft bill, since as they maintain it does not clarify crucial issues and it does not achieve the real incorporation of the Technological Institutes to University Education. From their side, University Professors will meet today to decide on their stance in the future. In the meantime, the Agronomic School and the University and Technical University of Crete will remain closed today.

    [08] Archbishop Christodoulos in Moscow

    During his meeting with Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Christodoulos in Moscow yesterday, Russian President Vladimir Poutin reiterated Russia' s support on the Cyprus issue.

    [09] Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos receives Archbishop of American Dimitrios

    Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos received the committee responsible for the revision of the Constitution of the Archbishopric of America headed by Archbishop of America Dimitrios in Fanari yesterday.

    [10] Military exercises

    The yearly military exercise of the Greek Navy "Thunderstorm 2001", which began last Monday will end on May 12. Besides, another military exercise codenamed "Sarisa 2001" will begin in Central Macedonia tomorrow and will end on May 17.

    [11] Opinion poll shows 49,3% of Greeks dissatisfied with Greek government

    According to the results of the opinion poll of "Kapa Research" presented by NET Television yesterday, Prime minister Costas Simitis and New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis are considered as equally capable for the post of Prime ministers Both received 36,1%, while New Democracy party is ahead with 9 units. 49,3% of those asked said that they were not satisfied with the government.

    [12] Samson dies in Cyrpus yesterday

    Nikos Samson, the Cypriot who cooperated with the Greek junta in 1974 and led the coup detat in Cyprus died at the age of 66 in Nicosia yesterday.

    [13] New prices on fuel as of today

    New prices on fuel were implemented as of today. Specifically, unleaded will be sold by 5 drachmas more expensive per litre, while diesel oil will go up by 1 drachma.

    [14] 1,35% drop in Athens Stock Exchange yesterday

    The General Share Price Index of the Athens Stock Exchange yesterday dropped by 1,35%, closing at 3.112,90%.
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