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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-11-19
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 In Peristeri Attacks with Small Gas Bottles18 Nov 2005 22:32:00
By Anna Kourti
Sources: ANA, NET
On Friday night, unidentified men placed small gas bottles at an American auto dealership, in Peristeri. Two cars of the Chevrolet exhibition, located on Palpoutas Street, were destroyed. Four vehicles and 15 crewmembers of the Fire Department rushed to the scene and extinguished the fire before it spread to the rest of the vehicles. The fire broke out at 21:05. Witnesses reported that there were five men who ran away on motorcycles. The police are carrying out an investigation for the location of the perpetrators.
Translated by Eirene Nisiriou
 Agreement on Unlimited Transatlantic Flights "Open Skies" for Europe and USA19 Nov 2005 10:07:00
By Vivian Papastefanou
After intensive talks that lasted two years, the European Union and the United States of American reached an agreement on Friday for unlimited transatlantic flights performed by European and American airline companies. Naturally, this agreement would have to be adopted by the EU's 25. As per the agreement, both parties' air carriers will be allowed to perform flights from any part of Europe to any city in the USA and vice versa. What is more, airline companies will have an unlimited number of connections and an unlimited choice of used aircrafts or chosen routes from American and European cities to other destination in third countries. Airline companies from both parties can freely define the price of airline tickets, according to the market demand and reach agreements on common flight codes and aircraft leasing with other companies. US Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta said the agreement offers a historic opportunity to increase the level of air traffic, reduce prices, expand trade and approach the two continents in a way it has never been done before. The EU's Air Transport Director Designate Daniel Calleja stressed this is the first step in the hope to continue towards opening the air transport market. However, as Mr Calleja underlined, the EU will not give the green light to an overall agreement on transatlantic open skies, if the result is not moving on the proper direction regarding ownership regulations.
Strict Security Measures Adopted
In the meeting held in Washington, both parties also agreed to adopt stricter security measures, establishing a close collaboration. For this reason, a joint committee will be instituted to examine the implementation of these principles, which needs to start late October at the earliest.
Translated by Sofia Soulioti