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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-11-30

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CONTENTS

  • [01] NEWS IN ENGLISH THE VOICE OF GREECE
  • [02] Samos in a state of emergency
  • [03] Farmers to continue with their mobilisations
  • [04] Passaris killed for fun
  • [05] Measures to be taken for the protection of the ASE
  • [06] Invitation for talks on the electoral system
  • [07] New Board of Directors for Land Registry
  • [08] Diamantopoulou opens two-day conference
  • [09] Parliament rejects motion for Parliamentary inquiry on transactions carried out by DEKA

  • [01] NEWS IN ENGLISH THE VOICE OF GREECE

    30/11/2001 11:52:00 рм

    Samos in a state of emergency

    Farmers to continue with their mobilisations

    Passaris killed for fun

    Measures to be taken for the protection of the ASE

    Invitation for talks on the electoral system

    New Board of Directors for Land Registry

    Diamantopoulou opens two-day conference

    Parliament rejects motion for Parliamentary inquiry on transactions carried out by DEKA

    [02] Samos in a state of emergency

    Minister of Interior Costas Scandalides has promised immediate compensations to the inhabitants of Samos and restoration of damages following the recent bad weather that hit the island. In the meantime, Samos has been declared in a state of emergency, since the torrential rain caused extensive damages to many parts municipalities of the island. Karlovasi, Marathokampos, Pandrosos in Kokkari and Iraion near the airport suffered the most serious damages.

    Damages at the Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation and the Public Power Corporation networks have been restored. At the same time, the torrential rain caused serious damages in Ikaria, Naxos and Leros.

    Finally, according to the National Meteorological Service gale force winds in the Aegean and snow in Northern and Cental Greece are expected on Saturday.

    [03] Farmers to continue with their mobilisations

    The government estimates that the final price of cotton, including the returns of VAT and petrol will reach 300 drachmas.

    Meanwhile, farmers have decided to continue with their mobilisations. Prefectural demonstrations have been programmed for 10, 11 and 12 December, while farmers are expected to block squares of villages and towns with their tractors.

    [04] Passaris killed for fun

    Criminal Costas Passaris stated to the Greek police officers, who interrogated him in Bucharest yesterday that he killed for fun. Passaris was especially provocative, verifying his profile as a tough criminal.

    [05] Measures to be taken for the protection of the ASE

    National Economy minister Nikos Christodoulakis has announced a series of measures for the protection of the Athens Stock Exchange. Specifically, the Athens Stock Exchange will be privatised, while steps are being taken for its cooperation with International Stock Exchanges. Additionally, a body will be set up that will be responsible for issues related to the Stock Market.

    [06] Invitation for talks on the electoral system

    Minister of Interior Costas Scandalides has addressed an invitation to all political parties for the commencing of a dialogue on the electoral system. New Democracy party is expected to clarify its position today with its leader Costas Karamanlis, who is going to address his party congress.

    From its part, the Greek Communist party will decide as to whether it will participate in the dialogue after Mrs Paparigas meeting with Mr. Scandalides this afternoon.

    [07] New Board of Directors for Land Registry

    A new Board of Directors is to be appointed at the Land Registry today. According to information, President will be lawyer Zorzeta Lalli, who is also a high official of the European Committee.

    [08] Diamantopoulou opens two-day conference

    European Commissioner Anna Diamantopoulou on Thursday opened a two-day conference in Athens on the theme "Entrepreneurial Social Responsibility - the role of enterprises in the new era".

    The conference is organised by the Greek Network for Entrepreneurial Social Responsibility within the framework of the 1st European Entrepreneurial Marathon for Entrepreneurial Social Responsibility.

    In her address, Diamantopoulou referred to the increased interest in social responsibility by enterprises in the U.S. and Europe which adopt codes of conduct and systems of certifications.

    The reasons justifying the increased interest is the fact that consumers are more demanding and better informed on the repercussions of globalisation and the power of multinational companies, she said.

    Referring to the activities of the European Union with regard to entrepreneurial social responsibility, Diamantopoulou said that more than eight years have passed since then European Commission president Jacques Delors made a successful appeal to enterprises to combat social exclusion.

    However, the EU s commitment for entrepreneurial social responsibility was reinforced during the EU summit in Madrid in March last year when the heads of state and government called on enterprises to better organise labour, offer equal job opportunities and be more environment conscious.

    On his part, Labour and Social Security Minister Dimitris Reppas referred to what he termed the Greek state s and that of his ministry s undivided support to the European campaign for entrepreneurial social responsibility. He noted that state agencies were observing with particular interest the social activities of the business world.

    The creation of a better working environment, the commitment by working people to be more productive and their direct involvement in social issues was to the benefit of enterprises, he added.

    [09] Parliament rejects motion for Parliamentary inquiry on transactions carried out by DEKA

    Parliament on Thursday rejected a motion for a parliamentary inquiry into the Stock Market transactions carried out by the Public Securities Company (DEKA) shortly before the April 2000 elections, as recommended by a public prosecutor in November. The proposal to set up a parliamentary committee for this purpose was tabled by main opposition leader Costas Karamanlis and backed by all 121 main opposition MPs.

    The investigation focused on DEKA s activities from March 21 to April 10 2000, before Greek general elections on April 9 that year, during which the company bought stock in Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation, Hellenic Petroleum, National Bank of Greece and Commercial Bank, representing an outlay of 250 billion drachmas in state funds.

    The prosecutor s investigation was ordered following charges of malpractice filed against DEKA by ND MP Miltiades Evert last year.

    He had accused the state-owned investment agency of bulling up the market through bulk buying in state-owned firms before the elections, and being responsible for losses suffered by retail investors in the subsequent artificial slide.


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