|Wednesday, 24 April 2019|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-07-11
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastSunny weather is forecast in all parts of the country until afternoon, when scattered cloud will build up on the mainland and showers or storms are expected mainly in Macedonia and Thrace. Winds north-northwesterly, moderate. Temperatures in Athens will range between 22C and 34C; and in Thessaloniki from 20C to 29C.
(11/7/2003 11:55:00 ðì)
 Privatisations process to be acceleratedThe government is striving for the acceleration of privatisations, the de-escalation of public debt and the invigorating of the market climate.
Meanwhile, following his consecutive meetings with government officials, Prime Minister Costas Simitis decided to table at Parliament in the coming days the bill regarding Olympic Airways and the merging of the Post Office Savings Bank with the Bank of Attica.
According to Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis, the government aims at increasing competitiveness and employment.
(11/7/2003 11:57:00 ðì)
 Third electricity production unit to be createdThe amendment of the bill regarding the purchase of electric power foresees the creation of a third electricity production unit by private individuals with the participation of the Public Power Corporation (DEI) with 50% of its power. Additionally, after 2008, DEI and private individuals will be able to participate equally and with no restrictions in bids for the supply of electric power.
(11/7/2003 11:58:00 ðì)
 Shipowners demand abolishment of interventionismThe Shipowners Association has asked for the substantial release of coastal trade from any kind of interventionism.
Besides, the Panhellenic Nautical Federation will obstruct the departure of passenger ship 'Nisos Limnos' from Lavrio port and stage a strike at all ports.
The Shipowners Association President Stelios Sarris asked for the total deregulation of sea freights, adding that this should take place as of 1/1/2004, demanding thus the amendment of Mr Papoutsis' law.
Shipowners are blaming the government and the ex- Mercantile Marine Minister George Anomeritis for not keeping their promises regarding the pay of discounts by the Mercantlie Marine Ministry for port employees and the Ministry of National Defence for militaries. Until now no decision has been taken for shipowners so as they receive the money owed to them.
Additionally, shipowners stated that they demand the amendment of the relative decree, so as the structure of crews depend on the technical characteristics of ships.
(11/7/2003 12:02:00 ìì)
 Rises in pensions and Civil Servants' salariesAccording to the civil servants' new scale of payments that will be put into effect from 1/1/2004, a 4 to 6% rise will be introduced to salaries and 4 to 5% to pensions. Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis, who will meet with Boad of Civil Servants next week to finalize the new scale of payments, announced this.
(11/7/2003 12:03:00 ìì)