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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-12-11
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 NEWS IN ENGLISHERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE
11/12/2001 1:13:00 μμ
 Weather forecastCloud, showers or sleet is forecast in most parts of the country, and storms in the south. Snow will fall on high ground and some fairly low -lying areas on the mainland. Winds north - northeasterly, strong to very strong, turning gale force in southern seas. Cloud and possibly showers in Athens with snow on high ground. Temperatures between 3C and 8C. Cloudy in Thessaloniki with temperatures from -2C to 5C.
 Effective taxation system completedin 2002In his opening speech at the annual conference of the U.S - Hellenic Chamber of Commerce, Greek Economics Minister Nikos Hristodoulakis , stressed that the government s economic staff is working hard to draw up a just and effective taxation system which as he assured would be completed in 2002 and put into effect in 2003.
Mr. Hristodoulakis announced the speeding up of the pace of privatisations and stressed that the crucial point was the further liberalisation of the markets and the strengthening of competitiveness.
Mr. Hristodoulakis ruled out any possibility of the Olympic Airways Company remaining a state company. Opposition political parties appeared fully contrary to the governments economic policy.
 Farmers mobilisations continueFarmers who today continue mobilisations protesting against low prices, will decide on their further stand on Thursday.
Government spokesman, Hristos Protopappas maintained that the price of cotton and tobacco decided in Brussels are satisfactory and expressed the hope that farmers will not block major highways.
 Euro-army issue referred to the E.U summit in LaakenThe Euroarmy issue will be adressed at the EU summit in Laaken as the 15 EU Foreign Ministers did not reach a decision at the General Affairs Council held in Brussels yesterday.
Greek Foreign Minister , George Papandreou said that Greece held out for changes in the American - British text on Turkeys relations with the Euroarmy.
 Greek Defence Minister on a two- day visit to Tirana, AlbaniaGreek Defence Minister Yiannos Papantoniou leaves for Tirana, Albania today to begin an official two-day visit to the neighbouring country at the invitation of his Albanian counterpart Pandeli Majko.
A joint press conference is scheduled after the two ministers meeting. Albanian President Rexhep Meidani and Prime Minister Ilir Meta will also receive Papantoniou, while Greece s ambassador to Tirana will host a reception in his honour as well.
Other contacts include separate meetings with Albanian Foreign Minister Arta Dade and Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios.
 N.D leader begins a three-day tour of Skopyie, Belgrade and BrusselsMain opposition N.D leader Costas Karamanlis will begin a three-day tour of Skopyie (FYROM), Belgrade and Brussels in his capacity as European Peoples Party vice - president within the framework of the party s initiative for the democratization of the western Balkans.
Yesterday afternoon he chaired a meeting of his party s political analysis team where, according to sources, the Cyprus and the Euro-army issues were discussed.
 Greek National Tourism Organisation subsidises the extension of tourism seasonThe state s Greek National Tourism Organisation (GNTO) reported yesterday that it had secured commitments from 110,000 travel operators to take part in its plan to extend the summer tourism season for tourists from abroad.
Under the three- year programme that began in autumn 2001, a subsidy of 40 euros is awarded per tourist arrival from October 15 to April 30, the GNTO said in a statement.
 World Council of Hellenes AbroadSuccessfully hosting 2004 Athens Games and best utilising expatriate Greeks was the subject of morning sessions yesterday at the World Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) fourth international congress.
On his part, Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos reiterated his conviction that the Athens Games will among the finest ever held
 Shocking Unicef data about children all over the worldOn the occasion of the World Children Day , Unicef in cooperation with NET, Greek state television channel, organised a tele-marathon during which over 170 million drs was raised.
According to data released by Unicef 1 million children are forced into prostitution every year through a huge network for the sexual exploitation of children while over 60 million children work under harsh and inhuman conditions in mines, in factories, on plantations and as slaves and domestic help.
 Decision on plane-spotters arrested in GreeceA council of judges is expected to decide today whether any of the 12 Britons and 2 Dutcmen plane - spotters - who have been in detention since their arrest on November, 8 , on suspicion of espionage -will be charged or released.
Judges and prosecutors will abstain 2 hours 12-2 from their duties today.