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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-07-25
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NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
25/7/2001 2:07:00 μμ
Weather forecast ND party leader strongly criticized the government s economic policy Contacts in view of the Pasok Party congress in October Crisis in FYROM escalating, prospects for a peaceful end to ethnic strife sligh Slav-Macedonians extremists attacked the Greek Press Office in Skopje Greece will soon implement its economic support program for the Balkans Significant reductions to pay off housing loans by the Workers Housing Organization Temporary hiring of 2000 Physical education teachers. Prime minister Simitis announced the erection of a monument on the prison island of Yiaros Athens stock market.
 Weather forecastSunny weather is forecast throughout the country, later clouding over on the northern mainland. Winds northwesterly, light to moderate.
On the mainland, temperatures will range from 18C to 36C; and in the islands from 22C to 33C.
Hot and sunny in Athens with temperatures between 23C and 35C.
Same in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 22C to 33C.
 ND party leader strongly criticized the government s economic policyGreek growth is to double the average rate in the 15member European Union in 2001 and in coming years, National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou told reporters yesterday after a meeting with Prime Minister Costas Simitis to discuss the budget for 2002 and economic policy for that year. In the meantime, there is a strong confrontation on the economy between the government and the main opposition ND party.
The President of the ND party Kostas Karamanlis launched a strong criticism on the governments economic policy after a meeting with the Governor of the Bank of Greece, Loukas Papadimos. In his statement Mr.Karamanlis said that high unemployment, and the big delay in the liberalisation of the economy confirmed the ND party concern over the course of the economy.
In repply, National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou said that the leader of the main opposition party ignores basic issues related to economic policy.
 Contacts in view of the Pasok Party congress in OctoberWithin the framework of contacts in view of the Pasok party convention in October, Prime minister Simitis will meet with Interior Minister Vaso Papandreou today.
Greek Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou met with the President of the General Confederation of Greek Workers Hristos Polyzogopoulos yesterday.
Their talks focused on the course of the Pasok party and issues related to the union movement. Mr . Papandreou will meet with National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos today.
 Crisis in FYROM escalating, prospects for a peaceful end to ethnic strife slightAnti western violence and fierce street fighting between government forces and ethnic Albanian rebels in FYROM have left prospects for a peaceful end to ethnic strife in this small republic looking their thinnest for weeks. The FYROM authorities have closed the FYROM, Kossovo borders without giving any explanation while the government has accused NATO and international mediators of backing ethnic Alabanian guerillas.
The FYROM government has also warned Albania not to get involved in the crisis by helping Albanian rebels. In the meantime, American President George Bush has called on all involved sides to respect the cease fire and return to the negotiations table. Finally the UN secretary General called the Albanian guerillas to return to the positions they held on July 5th.
Last night anti western demonstrators took to the streets in the capital Skopje venting their anger at military setbacks and accusing westerners of helping ethnic Albanian rebels to split FYROM. Demonstrators attacked the US and German embassies, smashing windows and throwing stones and torched several cars of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe. Demonstrators continued reaching the gate of the Parliament Building where they were dispersed by the police.
 Slav Macedonians extremists attacked the Greek Press Office in SkopjeA group of Slav Macedonian nationalists also attacked the Press Office of the Greek diplomatic delegation in Skopje throwing stones at the windows. The Foreign Ministry Spokesman in Athens condemned the attack by extremist elements and called on the FYROM authorities to take the necessary measures for the protection of the Greek diplomatic delegation.
 Greece will soon implement its economic support program for the BalkansThere would be no delays on Greece s part on the implementation of the economic support program for the Balkans, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said speaking to reporters. He said that Greece was fulfilling its obligations and was in the process of implementing a policy that calls for the re organization and restructuring of the Balkans, which also involves economic support.
 Significant reductions to pay off housing loans by the Workers Housing OrganizationA relevant decision signed by the National Economy Minister Yiannos Papantoniou and undersecrataries for Economy and Labour, Giorgos Drys and Hristos Protopapas respectively provide for favorable settlement of house loans of the Workers Housing Organization.
The decision concerns over 20 thousand workers eligible for the housing loans and provides for up to 60% reduction to pay off their house loan debts.
 Temporary hiring of 2000 Physical education teachersThe Education Ministry tabled a draft bill in the parliament yesterday providing for the temporary hiring of 2 thousand Physical Education teachers in order to implement the Olympic training program in public schools.
 Prime minister Simitis announced the erection of a monument on the prison island of YiarosPrime minister Simitis arrived on the former prison island of Yiaros yesterday, the 27th anniversary of the restoration of democracy in Greece for a visit that symbolized respect for those who fought and suffered for democracy. During his visit Mr. Simitis announced that the Ministry of the Aegean would proclaim a tender for the erection of a monument on the island.
 Athens stock marketGains were recorded again on the Athens stock market .The general share price index rose by 0.92% to close at 2.615,93 points, while the volume of transactions was satisfactory at 48.273 billion drs.