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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-06-20

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] The EU draft constitution to be discussed in Chalkidiki today
  • [03] EPP summit meeting concludes
  • [04] The EU asks for Iran & N Korea's cooperation on nuclear checks
  • [05] Ankara must compensate T. Loizidou says the European court of
  • [06] EU Agriculture Ministers to meet again after fruitless meeting

  • [01] Weather forecast

    Unsettled weather is forecast in Attica and in many parts of the country, with cloud, showers and sunny spells. Winds northerly, light to moderate. The temperature in Athens will range from 24 to 32C, at the islands from 22 to 30C and in Thessaloniki from 22 to 28C.

    (20/6/2003 12:10:00 μμ)

    [02] The EU draft constitution to be discussed in Chalkidiki today

    The European Union draft constitution, the organization of the Intergovernmental Conference, transatlantic relations and the European Strategic Dogma will be the issues to be examined at the EU Summit Meeting in Chalkidiki today.

    Yesterday, the European leaders agreed for a better coordination among the state members and the upgrading of the European Union means regarding its policy on immigration. They also agreed to finance with 140 million euros the creation of an advanced information system for the issuing of visas, to build new mechanisms for the return of illegal immigrants back to the countries and to boost cooperation between the European Union and third countries on the issue of illegal migration.

    However, the final decisions for the framework of the European migration policy will be taken today.

    At the same time, thousands of people, who are against globalization and racism, demonstrated in Thessaloniki yesterday and marched to the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace.

    (20/6/2003 12:11:00 μμ)

    [03] EPP summit meeting concludes

    The contribution to regional stability and the European good neighbourly relations is a basic precondition for each acceding country, according to the resolution for the European prospect of western Balkans issued after the completion of the enlarged European Popular Party Summit meeting presided by New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis in Chalkidiki, northern Greece.

    Mr Karamanlis made it clear that he would ask from the European Popular Party Prime Ministers to support the Greek EU Presidency, leading thus to the successful conclusion of the Summit Meeting, since the positive outcome of the presidency is a national issue for the New Democracy party.

    The New Democracy party leader described the work of the Constituent Assembly good, pointing out that the presentation of the Constitution plan constitutes an important development, underlining at the same time that most of the European Popular Party proposals had been included in the text submitted by the Assembly. However, he maintained that the European Commission and the European Parliament would have to be boosted and that each member state should be able to propose its own commissioner.

    He rejected the abolition of rotating presidency and the institutionalisation of a President's position at the European Council and insisted for a boosted cooperation in defence policy, stressing that any member states wished to join in the future should be allowed to do so.

    (20/6/2003 12:13:00 μμ)

    [04] The EU asks for Iran & N Korea's cooperation on nuclear checks

    In a conclusion text expected to be adopted late this afternoon, the 25 European Union leaders are warning Iran and North Korea to cooperate with the international community and inspectors on the issue of nuclear programmes.

    It should be noted that the International Atomic Energy Service called on Tehran to accept thorough and unlimited checks on its nuclear installations, development for which Washington expressed its satisfaction.

    (20/6/2003 12:14:00 μμ)

    [05] Ankara must compensate T. Loizidou says the European court of Human Rights

    According to valid information in Strasburg, the permanent Turkish representative in the European Council stated that the European Court of Human Rights has decided that Ankara unconditionally compensate Titina Loizidou by October.

    In tandem, within the framework of reforms asked by the European Union, the Turkish National Assembly approved the right for the use of the Kurdish language and more freedom of speech and expression.

    Commenting on the decision for Mrs Titina Loizidou's compensation, the Cypriot government spokesman Kypros Chrysostomides told NET station that he considered it very important because the property right is not affected by the Turkish occupation.

    (20/6/2003 12:15:00 μμ)

    [06] EU Agriculture Ministers to meet again after fruitless meeting

    The sessions of the Council of Agriculture Ministers will re open next Wednesday, since yesterday's meeting in Luxemburg proved fruitless on the revision of the Joint Agricultural Policy.

    Meanwhile, the United States of America announced that it would complain to the World Commerce Organisation for the bans imposed by the European Union of genetically mutated rural products, following the collapse of the relevant negotiations between the two sides.

    (20/6/2003 12:16:00 μμ)


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