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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-09-26

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PMs statements on growth rates
  • [02] New reduced fuel prices
  • [03] ND leader in Brussels
  • [04] Conference on Social Security
  • [05] Athens bourse
  • [06] Developments in Greece after the attack on the U.S.
  • [07] 2004 Olympic Games -Security measures
  • [08] The Greek President visits Spain
  • [09] Europarliamentary Speaker visits Greece

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA 5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    26/9/2001 2:39:00

    Developments in Greece after the attack on the U.S. 2004 Olympic Games -Security measures The Greek President visits Spain Europarliamentary Speaker visits Greece ND leader in Brussels PMs statements on growth rates Conference on Social Security New reduced fuel prices Athens bourse

    [01] PMs statements on growth rates

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis visited the Ministry of Agriculture on Tuesday and stated afterwards that the growth rate will remain high in Greece and that the expected funds meant for the farm sector will be distributed as planned in spite of the possible effects of the recent terrorist attacks on the United States. After a meeting yesterday with Agriculture Minister Giorgos Anomeritis, Prime Minister Kostas Simitis stated that the goal of the government is to solve the problems of the farmers, improve their quality of life, and upgrade the rural areas.

    [02] New reduced fuel prices

    The new reductions on fuel prices that will be in force as of midnight, will be higher than expected, as gas will cost 13 drachmas less per liter and diesel by 11 drachmas less.

    [03] ND leader in Brussels

    The leader of the New Democracy (ND) party and Vice-president of the European Popular Party Kostas Karamanlis is expected in Brussels today to attend a meeting tomorrow of the European Popular Partys presidium. The object of discussions will be the latest international developments and the forthcoming accession of the Gaulic Party to the European Popular Party.

    [04] Conference on Social Security

    The General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) plans to ask both the government and the political parties to make pledges for reforms in the Social Security System, at a conference on "Social Security" taking place in Athens today. The statements of Labour and Social Security Minister Tasos Yannitsis and the Secretary of the ruling PASOK party Kostas Skandalidis, as well as of political party leaders are expected with interest at the conference.

    [05] Athens bourse

    Small gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange on Tuesday. The general index rose by +0.67%, closing at 2,163.45 points, while the volume of transactions was at 126 million Euro or 43 billion drachmas. Of the stocks trading yesterday, 142 recorded gains and 180 had losses, while the value of 56 stocks remained stable.

    [06] Developments in Greece after the attack on the U.S.

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis met on Tuesday with the presidium of the ruling PASOK party parliamentary committee and dealt with the developments after the terrorist attack on the US. Prime Minister Simitis assured the deputies that the situation in Greece is fully under control and that citizens have a sense of security. He also appeared categorical over the fact that there will be no cuts to social expenditures.

    [07] 2004 Olympic Games -Security measures

    Meanwhile, the issue of security measures in the 2004 Olympic Games are expected to be the focus of contacts the International Olympic Committee (IOC) delegation will have in Athens. The IOC delegation headed by its new President Jacques Rogge arrived in Athens on Tuesday afternoon. Meanwhile, Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos yesterday released the main points of the 2000-2004 Cultural Olympiad, while IOC Director Francois Karras attended the relative presentation. With regard to the materialization of Olympic Games activities the Merchant Marine is responsible for, a new contract was signed yesterday between the 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee and the Piraeus Port Organization. During the relative ceremony, Merchant Marine Minister Christos Papoutsis made special reference to the issue of security in the 2004 Olympics, stressing that the government pledged to organize-at any cost-the safest Olympic Games ever to be held.

    [08] The Greek President visits Spain

    The President of the Republic of Greece Konstantinos Stefanopoulos is on a three-day official visit to Spain until September 28, returning an earlier visit of the royal couple of Spain to Greece. At a dinner King Juan Carlos of Spain hosted in his honor in Palacio Real de Oriente, the Greek President referred in particular to the issue of terrorism. Today, President Stefanopoulos will lay a wreath to the monument of Plaza de la Lealta and will visit the Senate afterwards for a meeting with the Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Asnar, while in the afternoon he will visit the Spanish Industrial Chamber to declare the opening of the Economic Forum and the Exhibition of Greek Jewelry.

    [09] Europarliamentary Speaker visits Greece

    The President of the European Parliament Nikole Fontaine will pay an official visit to Athens today until September 28, at the invitation of the Speaker of the Greek Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis.
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