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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-12-21

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] NEWS IN ENGLISH
  • [02] Traffic police takes measures in view exodus of urban
  • [03] Garbage collectors to decide on their further stance
  • [04] Bank employee strikes cancelled
  • [05] Argentina in crisis
  • [06] More Greek trust the Greek government now
  • [07] The EU to collect back 57.918 million euros from the Land Registry
  • [08] ND party to examine outcome on case of issuing
  • [09] 2,1 trillion drs to be allocated by 2006 for unemployment
  • [10] 1.01% drop in the ASE yesterday

  • [01] NEWS IN ENGLISH

    ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    21/12/2001 11:07:00 ğì

    - Traffic police takes measures in view exodus of urban centre-inhabitants

    - Garbage collectors to decide on their further stance

    - Bank employee strikes cancelled

    - Argentina in crisis

    - More Greek trust the Greek government now

    - The EU to collect back 57.918 million euros from the Land Registry

    - ND party to examine outcome on case of issuing

    - Greek citizenship to foreigners

    - 2,1 trillion drs to be allocated by 2006 for unemployment

    - 1.01% drop in the ASE yesterday

    [02] Traffic police takes measures in view exodus of urban centre-inhabitants

    The traffic police is to take extra measures on national roads for the exodus of urban centre-inhabitants who wish to celebrate Chrismass elsewhere. Alchohol tests will be carried out, while the police will be very strict with those not wearing their seat belts.

    [03] Garbage collectors to decide on their further stance

    Employees responsible for trhe collection of carbage are to decide on their further stance following the decision of the court of first instance according to which their strike has been declared illegal. Meanwhile, the ministry of Interior seems to be determined to implement a state direction of labour if they continue with their strike.

    [04] Bank employee strikes cancelled

    All Banks will function normally during holidays, since their employees will not finally go on a strike, following an agreement between them on the euro bonus issue.

    Additionally, Banks will be closing at 15:00 hours during the first two months of 2002 so as to deal with the increased demand for the euro.

    [05] Argentina in crisis

    Argentine President Fernando de la Rua has resigned after two days of violent nationwide protests over economic hardship in which at least 20 people died.

    Congress is due to meet at 1100 on Friday to accept the resignation. The opposition Peronist leader Ramon Puerta, who is the head of the Senate, is expected to be named as interim president.

    Mr de la Rua left Government House in Buenos Aires by helicopter after a day watching running battles outside between protesters and police. His departure drew cheers from protesters and some danced in the streets.

    Earlier, police tried to quell the crowds by charging them on horseback and pummelling them with water cannon and volleys of tear gas, often firing directly at protesters. More than 2,000 people were arrested nationwide.

    In Buenos Aires, one man was dragged by his hair, others carried kicking and shouting to police vans. Rioters set fire to the finance ministry and two major banks, in some of the worst unrest to grip Argentina for a decade.

    In other large cities looters ransacked homes and supermarkets.

    [06] More Greek trust the Greek government now

    50% of the Greeks has stated that they trust the government, while 46% does not according to the Eurobarometre.

    It seems that there has been a 12% increase of those trusting the government in comparison to the results of the opinion poll carried out 6 months ago.

    78% of the Greeks has stated that it benefited from Greece´s accession to the European Union, 79% supports the introduction of the euro, while 78% supports the creation of a European Constitution.

    [07] The EU to collect back 57.918 million euros from the Land Registry

    The European Union has decided to get back 57.918 million euros from the 100 million euros paid to the Land Registry. Michel Barnieur, the competent Commissioner on regional policy reminded that that constitutes an administrative process.

    In the meantime, Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works Minister Vasso Papandreou left open the possibility for Greece to take recourse to the European Court of Justice.

    From its side, the New Democracy party has blamed Ms Papandreou´s predecessor, Mr. Laliotis for this development. On the other hand, Ms Papandreou accused the New Democracy party of undermining the Land Registry.

    [08] ND party to examine outcome on case of issuing

    Public Prosecutor Doyiakos´ report on the case of issuing Greek citizenship to foreigners, was forwarded to the Speaker of the Greek Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis.

    New Democracy party spokesman Theodoris Roussopoulos stated that his party would examine the report and within the framework of parliamentary procedures would do what the public interest dictated.

    [09] 2,1 trillion drs to be allocated by 2006 for unemployment

    The sum of 2.1 trillion drachmas will be allocated by 2006 to back the efforts aimed at dealing with the problem of unemployment, according to Labor Minister Dimitris Reppas who made the announcement in the discussion of the new state budget in Parliament.

    He also announced that the social protection measures for the weaker classes will be strengthened with new social benefits starting on January 1, 2002.

    Mr. Reppas confirmed that 300.000 new job positions, and 300.000 new job training positions will be created by 2004, while 300.000 workers will be placed in training programs.

    [10] 1.01% drop in the ASE yesterday

    Significant losses were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange yesterday. The general index dropped to -1.01% at 2.584,98 points, while the volume of transactions was 202 million Euro or 69 billion drachmas.

    Of the stocks traded yesterday, only 66 recorded gains and 255 had losses, while the value of 31 stocks remained unchanged.


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