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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-07-13
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA.5 - THE VOICE OF GREECE
13/7/2001 2:49:00 μμ
 Weather forecastSunny weather is forecast in most parts of the country, turning to showers or storms from evening in the northeast and possibly on mainland Greece. Winds northerly, moderate to strong, turning very strong in the Aegean.
In Athens, temperatures will range from 24-36 degrees centigrade, on the islands of the Aegean from 24-34 degrees centigrade and in the rest of the country from 19-36 degrees centigrade.
 Pope John Paul against globalisationPope John Paul II stands on the side of those who fight against globalisation calling the powerful to listen to the voice of the weak and take decisions which would alleviate the drama of the weak and the developing countries.
French Foreign Minister Imber Ventrin has announced his intention to propose a "system of dialogue" with the organisations related to the antiglobalisation movement -which are expected to stage a protest demonstration during the G-8 meeting in Genoa next week.
In the meantime, Italian authorities have fortified the Genoa airport with Spada missiles as the time for the G8 meeting has come close and tension escalated.
In another development, 40 Italian film directors will be in Genoa from July 20-23 for a documaintaire on the subject-antiglobalisation demonstrations.
 Greek President in LuxemburgGreek President Kostis Stefanopoulos arrived in Luxemburg yesterday for a 3 day official visit at the invitation of Great Duke Enry.
Apart from the Great Duke, Mr.Stefanopoulos will meet with Louxembourg's Prime-minister Zan Klont Zynker and Vice-President Lenti Polfer. Their talks will focus on european and international issues.
In his speech at the Louxembourg Municipality yesterday, Mr.Stefanopoulos underlined Greece's role in the Balcans, noting that both Louxembourg and Greece are highly concerned over the situation in the Balcan region.
In another part of his speech President Stefanopoulos stressed that international law was not always equally implemented because international interests prevail and have the power to overcome and abolish it.
Mr.Stefanopoulos also underlined that the continuing crisis in FYROM has had an impact in Greece adding that the EU member states which share Greeces concern should take the necessary measures soon in order to secure peace in the region and future prosperity.
 Cyprus Foreign Minister will visit GreeceCyprus Foreign Minister, Yiannakis Kassoulidis, is expected to visit Greece at the last third of July for talks with his Greek counterpart George Papandreou. Talks will focus on the coordination of the next moves in view of new developments in the EU-Cyprus admission course.
In the meantime, the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday approved, Luxembourg eurodeputy Zaques Poos report on the progress of Cyprus- EU admission negotiations with 55 voters in favour, 2 against and 1 abstention.
 Athens stock marketOn the Athens stock market, equity prices dropped to new 3-year lows . The general share index ended 1.49% lower at 2,507.18 points. Turnover was an improved 43.5 billion drs. The government declined to make any comments on the continuing downward course of the Athens capital market, underlining only the positive course of the economy.
From Brussels, National Economy Minister, Yiannos Papantoniou stated that it would be wiser to leave political analsis aside and let the stock market find its way folowing the positive course of the economy. Earlier , Government Spokesman Dimitris Reppas had referred to the autonomy of the stock market, underlining that the government had only the obligation to take initiatives at the economic level.
 Priorities of the EU Brussels presidenshipIn Brussels, yesterday, the 15 European Union Economic Ministers discussed the priorities of Belgium EU presidenship.
Addressing the Council, Greek National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou stressed that Greece backs economic reforms, structural changes and harminisation in the taxation system. Referring to negative developments in the rate of inflation, Mr .Papantoniou underlined that the inflation rate will run higher than the expected rate in Greece and the other countries in the eurozone, reaching an average of 2,7% to 2,8% by the end of 2001.
 Health Minister meets Prime-minister SimitisThe situation in the Health sector was the focus of talks during yesterdays meeting of Health Minister Alecos Papadopoulos and Prime-minister Simitis. Mr.Papadopoulos said that he would proceed to the next course while an earlier meeting with doctors of the social security foundation IKA was fruitless. IKA doctors have decided to take part in the 48-hour strike -which starts tomorrow- staged by the Panhellenic union of doctors and dentists. Staff of the Social Security Foundation confirmed an earlier decision to begin rolling 24-hour strikes tomorrow.
 Mad cow slaughteredThe veterinerian services are on the alert expecting the results of the tests of the slaughtered Cow suspected of suffering from the deadly BSE disease. The 5-year old cow was imported to a breeding unit in northern Greece from the Netherlands. In the meantime, according to a scientific report there is no indication that the disease can be contracted from milk and the danger is neglectible. However, the scientific committee has proposed the banning of milk and dairy products from animals suspected of suffering from the BSE.
 The 11th Bienale of young artists in GreeceThe 11th Bienale of Young artists will take place in Athens one year prior to the Olympic Games with the aim to enter into the Cultural Olympiad web page. In the meantime 3-municipalities in Athens signed a cooperation memorandum with the Athens 2004 Organisational Committee.
It should be reminded that the cooperation memorandum provides for cooperation of municipalities on collective programs, accomodation of volunteers ,esthetical intervantions, traffic regulations and generally improvement of the picture of the city for the Olympic Games.