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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-08-23

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Simitis asks for acceleration of government programme
  • [03] Price increases to be controlled by government
  • [04] Farmers to begin mobilisations

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Scattered cloud is forecast in all parts of the country, building up on the mainland towards evening. The north may see isolated storms. Winds variable, light to moderate, turning strong in the southeastern Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from 17C to 30C; in the Ionian and on the rest of the mainland from 18C to 33C; and in the Aegean islands from 20C to 31C. Temperatures in Athens between 21C and 32C; and in Thessaloniki between 19C and 30C.

    (23/8/2002 11:27:00 )

    [02] Simitis asks for acceleration of government programme

    During a two-hour meeting yesterday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Costas Simitis, PASOK&#8217;s Executive Bureau asked for a quicker pace for the materialization of government planning. Leading cadres pointed out that the competent authorities struck a blow against terrorism, underlining that the government must concentrate in uprooting terrorism.

    From his side, Public Order Minister Michalis Chrysohoides underlined that investigations continue, adding that the authorities carry out their work effectively regardless of any pressure for more arrests and being faithful to democracy at the same time.

    Meanwhile, Prime Minister Costas Simitis expressed his satisfaction over the police&#8217;s effectiveness and accused the New Democracy party of trying to present the results of the investigations being carried out as an &#8220;alleged&#8221; success.

    Setting as an example of positive work the uprooting of the terrorist organization &#8220;17N&#8221;, Prime Minister Costas Simitis asked from his ministers to continue the government work in a more intensive pace, having as top priorities the combating of terrorism, the Greek Presidency in the European Union, Cyprus&#8217; accession to the EU and the successful staging of the 2004 Olympic Games.

    Mr Simitis described the coming municipal elections as a crucial political battle, predicting that the New Democracy party would try to defame the government&#8217; work and instigate mobilizations.

    From his side, New Democracy party spokesman Theodoris Roussopoulos stated that Mr Simitis appeared again as a newly elected Prime Minister, repeating to his ministers as he had done thousand times before the government&#8217;s programme.

    (23/8/2002 11:30:00 )

    [03] Price increases to be controlled by government

    The Development Ministry will try to control price increases in the coming days, promoting a gentleman&#8217;s agreement with the associations of producers and businessmen. Meanwhile, the body of economic crime has began a series of checks for enterprises that have raised their prices excessively.

    Besides, according to an amendment expected to be passed in the coming days, the ministry will not allow foreign language institutes and school fees increases to exceed 4%.

    (23/8/2002 11:32:00 )

    [04] Farmers to begin mobilisations

    PASOK Secretary Costas Laliotis will meet with Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys to discuss the cotton growers&#8217; problems.

    In the meantime, farmers of the prefectures of Thessaloniki, and Larisa are staging a protest outside the International Thessaloniki Trade Fair on 6 Septmember. According to statements of the Secretary General of Agricultural Cooperatives Thanasis Hatzizogides, this demonstration signals the beginning of a series of mobilisations to follow in the future.

    (23/8/2002 11:34:00 )


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