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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-01-28
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 NEWS IN ENGLISHTHE VOICE OF GREECE
28/1/2002 12:17:00 μμ
- Farmers' mobilisations begin
- 1,000 new centres to render top quality services to civilians
- Simitis stresses the importance of the ATHENS 2004 Games
- Euro army issue to be discussed in Brussels
- Turmoil in Education
 Weather forcastMostly sunny weather is forecast for Monday throughout Greece. Early morning fog may surface in some areas. North to northwesterly winds, moderate to strong on the seas. Temperatures between 1C to 17C in the north, 5C to 21C in the rest of the mainland and 9C to 18C on the islands.
Sunny in Athens, 8C to 20C. The same for Thessaloniki, 4C to 17C.
 Farmers' mobilisations beginFarmers have begun their mobilisations as of today by lining up their tractors at Tempi not excluding the possibility of blocking the circulation of vehicles on the national highway. Similar mobilisations are expected to be staged by farmers in Northern Greece.
Meanwhile, the government has called on farmers for discussions, stressing that it will not allow the blocking of road arteries. Moreover, New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis has appealed to farmers to avoid to block national highways.
 1,000 new centres to render top quality services to civilians1,000 centres will be created all over Greece in order to offer high level services in the form of certificates, construction permits etc very fast. According to Minister of Interior Stavros Benos new working positions will be created for those qualified with degrees on computing. In the case of delays for the issuing of these certificates, applicants will be compensated and employees will be punished.
 Simitis stresses the importance of the ATHENS 2004 GamesGreek Prime Minister Costas Simitis emphasises the huge significance that the 2004 Games in Athens entail for the entire nation, in an upcoming article set for publication in the ATHENS 2004 official magazine.
Mr. Simitis describes the Games as a National issue that demands everyone' s effort, adding that the country is already reaping the benefits of the 2004 Games, citing its heightened international prestige, better infrastructure and economic gains.
He also reiterates that the Games also constitute a significant opportunity to promote Greece as well as to showcase the need for a policy of peace, friendship and cooperation on an international basis.
Besides the greatest sports event on earth, Simitis said the Olympic Games are a great opportunity to accelerate development in the east
Mediterranean country of around 11 million, citing some 130,000 new jobs as well as a direct impact on GDP every year until 2004, especially in the tourism, construction and industrial sectors.
On a relative development, Synaspismos party leader Nikos Constantopoulos has asked for the non-increase of the cost of the Games and the protection of the Attica landscape.
 Euro army issue to be discussed in BrusselsForeign Minister George Papandreou is to hold discussions with his European counterparts in Brussels today on the issue of the euro army. The issue will also be discussed on his bilateral meetings and on the sidelines of the European Union General Assembly.
 Turmoil in EducationTurmoil is escalating in the Education sector today with the Technological Institutes in Athens, Larisa, Patras, Irakleio and Mesologi suspending their operation.