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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-06-29

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] The Pasok Cogress will not influence the goverment's work.
  • [03] Ministerial meeting on narcotics
  • [04] Olympic Committee Vice-president, satisfied at the course ofthe Athens
  • [05] Solution to the Cyprus problem within 2002.
  • [06] Deadline for reforms in social security system 2002 .
  • [07] Doctors into a third week strike.
  • [08] Greece-highest percentage in farm workers
  • [09] Plan for esthetic and evironmental interventions.
  • [10] Summer sales.
  • [11] Stock market
  • [12] Clouds by Aristofanes

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

    29/6/2001 2:17:00 μμ

    [01] Weather forecast

    Sunshine is forecast today in Attica and most parts of the country,turning to scattered cloud or storms on the northern and western regions of the country. Winds northerly, moderate. In Athens temperatures will range from 20-35 degrees Celcius, on the islands from 21-30 degrees Celcius and in the rest of the country from 16-36 degrees Celcius.

    [02] The Pasok Cogress will not influence the goverment's work.

    The goverment is expected to announce measures for the speeding up of structural changes in an effort to reverse the negative climate in the course of the economy . This morning Prime-minister Kostas Simitis will meet with the governor of the Bank of Greece Loukas Papadimos. A meeting attended by the National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniouand Transport Minister Hristos Verelis will follow. Talks will focus on the privatisation of the Olympics AirwaysCompany and the International Thessaloniki Fair-HELEXPO-DETH. According to the National Economy Ministry officials, procedures for the privatisation of the Olympic Airways Compay are in a very good course as bids are significantly better compared to the last auction. Finally, all major industrial and trade unions signed anagreement on stability of prices during the transition to the Euro currency following an initiative of the Development udersecretary Milena Apostolaki.

    [03] Ministerial meeting on narcotics

    Speaking to the media yesterday, after a ministerial meeting on narcotics, Prime-minister Simitis said that combatting drugs was a priority and the responsibility of everyone. He announced that there would be tougher legislation for dealers, while drug use, he said, should be treated as illness. He placed emphasis on prevention, therapy,and social rehabilitation, ad said that Greece would undertake initiatives to curb drug trafficking in the Balcans. In a related development, Health Minister Alecos PapadopouloS said that the legislative framework would be changed in regard to a division of types of drugs, and announced that as from 2002, methodone and other substitutes will be available for therapeutic use for drug addicts. During the Ministers' meeting ,Mr. Siitis called for hard work and speeding up of the pace of the govevrment's work. He also reitarated that elections will be held in 2004 and stressed that the early Pasok Cogress will not influence the goverment's work .

    [04] Olympic Committee Vice-president, satisfied at the course ofthe Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

    The Vice-president of the International Olympic Committee, Dick Pound ,who is currently in Athens had talks with Olympic Games sponsors. He expressed satisfaction at the course of preparatios for the 2004 Olypic Games during his meeting with the President of the "Athens 2004 Organisational Committee", Yianna Aggelopoulou. He said Greece will organise successful games in 2004, adding that preparations during the past year was spectacular. Only a year ago, Mr.Pound had expressed doubts about Athens capability to organise the Olympics.

    [05] Solution to the Cyprus problem within 2002.

    During his contacts at the EU-Turkey Association Council with the Foreign Ministers of Greece and Turkey ,Giorge Papandreou and Cem respectively , EU's Commissioner responsible for the union's enlargement Gynder Ferhoyhen expressed optimism that the Cyprus issue could be resolved until 2002 . However, Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem repeated Turkey's firm stands on the Cyprus issue and threatened retaliation in EU-Turkey ecoomic relations if Cyprus was admitted to the EU. On his part ,Greek Prime-minister Kostas Simitis in repply to a letter by Former Cyprus President Spiros Kyprianou, stressed that Greece would continue its efforts for a just and viable solution of the Cyprus issue within the framework of a bizonal, bicommunal federation and the completion of admission negotiations which would lead to Cyprus admission to the EU as an equal member. In the meantime, Cyprus Foreign Ministry spokesman ,Panos Beglitis said that Greece was fully satisfied at the results of the EU-Turkey Association Council.

    [06] Deadline for reforms in social security system 2002 .

    Considering that EU's fiscal stability is threatened, he European Committee has proposed the speeding up of reforms in the social security system setting the deadline in 2002. Greece certainly is not the only EU member country facing the problem, the bells have souded also for Spain and Portugal. During yesterday's meeting of the Pasok General secretary Kostas Skandalidis with the President of the General Confederation of Greek workers Hristos Polyzogopoulos it was reconfirmed that the issue will be discussed in October after the Pasok party's Cogress.

    [07] Doctors into a third week strike.

    The goverment yesterday extended an olive branch to stricking doctors employed by the Health State System, inviting them to a dialogue with the Health and Labour Ministers. However, despite the initiative, medical personnel in Athens decided to continue their protest action into a 3rd week.

    [08] Greece-highest percentage in farm workers

    According to a report by the EU statistics service "Eurostat" on the subject " 30 years of European Agriculture " ,Greece has the highest percentage of farm workers. In parallel , Greek farm workers are the oldest compared to their European collegues and work harder and more hours than any other part-time worker.

    [09] Plan for esthetic and evironmental interventions.

    The Environment Ministry will promote esthetic and enviromental interventions in 60 cities of the country.The Minister for Enviroment and Public Works Kostas Laliotis presented the program during a press conference yesterday

    [10] Summer sales.

    Summer sales begin on Monday, July 2nd to end on August 31st.

    [11] Stock market

    The general share index ended 0.01% lower to close at 2,697.81 points.

    [12] Clouds by Aristofanes

    The fifth production of Aristofanes "Clouds" by the Greek National Theater is to begin its summer tour on July 4th as part of the 15th Izmir Festival, at the aciet theater in Ephesus. The play will begin parformances in Greece at the ancient theater in Epidavros on July 13-14 and then a tour of the country.
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