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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-06-04
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastSunny weather is forecast in most parts of the country, with scattered cloud in eastern Macedonia, Thrace and islands of the eartern and northern Aegean, where it may rain, especially on high ground. Winds west-northwesterly, light to moderate. On the mainland, temperatures will range from 14C to 31C; and in the islands from 17C to 28C. Sunny in Athens, with temperatures between 18C and 31C. Scattered cloud in Thessaloniki, with temperatures from 16C to 29C.
(4/6/2002 12:03:00 μμ)
 Social Security draft-bill to be tabled at Parliament tomorrowAccording to NET information, the new Social Security draft-bill that will be tabled at Parliament tomorrow provides for an augmented lump sum of up to 30 million drachmas mainly for Banks and Public Utilities and supplementary pensions per enterprise with a limit of 50 employees.
The final decisions were taken at a meeting at the Labour Ministry yesterday, while Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis is expected to announce the regulations that are related to the issue of financing today.
The draft bill will be tabled at the General Confederation of Greek Workers, where part of its members will go on a strike with the Civil Servants’ Board the day the draft-bill will be submitted.
(4/6/2002 12:04:00 μμ)
 PASOK dissatisfied with Papadopoulos’ “bomb”statementUpon his return from China, Prime Minister Costas Simitis will meet with Health Minister Alekos Papadopoulos, who announced that he will abstain from the next Parliamentary elections and withdraw from politics.
It seems that PASOK is dissatisfied with Mr Papadopoulos for having publicized his decision through a newspaper. This became evident with Mr Costas Laliotis’ statements.
(4/6/2002 12:06:00 μμ)
 Foreign Policy National Council to be set upPolitical parties were given the draft-bill for the setting up of a National Council of Foreign Policy, as provided for by the new Constitution.
Presiding will be the Minister of Foreign Affairs and participating will be the caretaker Secretary General of the Foreign Ministry, the President of the Parliamentary Committee of Foreign Affairs and Defence, five representatives from the ruling party, three representatives from the main opposition party and one from each recognised party according to the regulations of the Parliament, the supervisor of the Analysis and Planning Centre of the Foreign Ministry, as well as persons with special knowledge and experience.
The Council will hold two regular meetings per year and will be called in extraordinary cases by the Foreign Minister.
The Council will be examining each issue that is related to Foreign Policy and its strategic planning.
Finally, New Democracy party President Costas Karamanlis is visiting Brussels today and then the United States to meet with European and American officials and hold discussions on Greek issues.
(4/6/2002 12:08:00 μμ)
 Visit to China productive says SimitisGreek Prime Minister called the first day of his official contacts here with the People’s Republic of China’s leadership as particularly productive, noting that the Chinese side also expressed its satisfaction with Athens’ positions on several current international issues. The Greek Prime Minister stressed that bilateral economic relations are good, although they could be distinctly improved and developed further. He also lauded the signing of an agreement eliminating double taxation, calling negotiations over the matter as a difficult task. Moreover, he said talks on finally ironing out a bilateral agreement to designate Greece a preferred tourist destination for Chinese nationals are continuing in the Chinese capital at present. Finally, two protocols of bilateral cooperation concerning the forwarding of olive oil to China were signed.
(4/6/2002 12:10:00 μμ)