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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 05-12-27

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  • [01] EU Drawbacks on Kyoto
  • [02] Thriller with Mladic
  • [03] Unsuitable Seafood Confiscated
  • [04] Meeting Over Constitution Review
  • [05] Precautionary Exams for 29 Students
  • [06] Pakistani Abductions to Prosecutor

  • [01] Weakness of Materialising the Protocol's Aims EU Drawbacks on Kyoto

    27 Dec 2005 18:33:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Sources: BBC, FORBES

    A research by a British Institute voiced the need of implementing immediate measures for the materialisation of the Kyoto Protocol, estimating that the majority of the EU Member-States will not materialise its goals. As per the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) ten countries of the EU, such as Ireland, Italy and Spain will only achieve the aims only with immediate measures, while France, Germany and Greece are in the "black list," as their efforts will only be successful if the programmed policies are implemented immediately. As estimated by the research, only Great Britain and Sweden have exhibited positive results and its commitments will be materialised. "We have very little time left to start reducing global greenhouse gas emissions before irreparable damage is done," commented Associate Director of IPPR Tony Grayling.

    Distance to Run for Aims

    The Kyoto Protocol, which was advocated by the EU and officiated its signing, foresees that European countries have to decrease carbon monoxide emission by approximately 8% in relation to the levels of 1990, by 2012.

    The European Environment Agency (EEA) also voiced similar concerns recently, as per which, ecology plans are a long way from materialising, since the European family will achieve an exhaust fumes decrease only by 2.5%, by 2012.

    "In the new year, EU countries will need to adopt tougher limits on emissions from power stations and heavy industry, in the second phase of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme," Mr Grayling said.

    The Kyoto Protocol, an agreement in the UN context, was implemented on February 16, 2005, and committed 141 countries, which have signed it, to decrease six greenhouse gas emissions (mainly carbon monoxide) by 5.2%, in relation to the levels of 1990. The US, the country that emits the largest amount of gases globally, declined to sign the Protocol, arguing that its ratification will harm its economic interests.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    Forbes: Only UK, Sweden to meet Kyoto targets in Europe

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    [02] Negotiating his Surrender or Not? Thriller with Mladic

    27 Dec 2005 17:24:00

    By Vagelis Theodorou

    Belgrade denied in the strongest terms rumours that Serb-Bosnian General Ratko Mladic is negotiating his surrender. At the time that the rumours are multiplying, Minister for the Interior Dragan Docic stated that a negotiation is not in development, while he described the event that the fugitive General is hiding in Serbia as quite likely. "The Authorities have information on Ratko Mladic, but it is insufficient over his location," said Mr Docic in Parliament and referring to the possibility that the General is hiding in the country, added: "They are experienced warriors, the men who survived the war under difficult circumstances and they know how to do it." The Serbian Government is under extreme pressure by the International Criminal Tribunal for the location of Mladic, especially after the arrest of Croat General Ante Gotovina. In fact, General Prosecutor Carla del Ponte has asked for his arrest, as well as Radovan Karadzics, until the end of December.

    Scenarios Multiplying

    As per todays article in Kurir newspaper, the former chief of Serb-Bosnian forces is investigating the event of surrendering on January 1, 2006, while if an agreement on his surrender to the Hague is not reached he is contemplating of suicide.

    Last Saturday, the former chief of Serb police claimed that there are intensive negotiations, by which, Mladic is asking for guarantees for the financial security of his family and supporters, as well as amnesty for the ones who have offered him asylum, as exchange to his surrender.

    It is noted that Mladic and Karadzic are wanted by the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia accused of genocide and the siege of Sarajevo which cost the lives of at least 10,000 persons during the Bosnian war (1992-1995), as well as the slaughter of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica in 1995.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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    BBC: Serbia 'cannot locate' fugitive

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    [03] By an Athens Prefecture Panel Unsuitable Seafood Confiscated

    27 Dec 2005 17:03:00

    By Annita Paschalinou

    Sources: NET, ANA

    A large quantity of unsuitable frozen seafood, approximately 5,400 kilos, was seized by the Veterinary Directorate of the Athens Prefecture. The seafoods maintenance limit had expired and concerned squids, octopuses and lobsters. The quantities confiscated will be destroyed in the coming days and the case referred to the Prosecutor. Earlier, spot checks in food markets were the main subject of the meeting between the Presidency of Local Self-Government Union and representatives of consumers unions.

    F. Gennimata: "Changes in Legislature"

    In statements made following the meeting, Prefect of Athens and Piraeus Fofi Gennimata asked for changes in the legislatures, stricter fines, speeding up of procedures and investigation of complains, in order to not discourage consumers.

    "The Minister of Development is responding to our proposals," she added "and we will ask him for more recruits in the department."

    On her part, President of Consumer Association The Quality of Life (EKPOIZO) asked for the cooperation by all bodies, underlining that spot checks and announcement of problems assist the transparency of the market.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [04] Between the PM and the Interior Minister Meeting Over Constitution Review

    27 Dec 2005 13:56:00 (Last updated: 27 Dec 2005 21:30:19)

    By Vicky Keleri

    Sources: NET-ANA

    Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos met with Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis on Tuesday morning. The plan on reviewing the Constitution topped the meeting between the two men. Mr Pavlopoulos argued that more meetings on the issue are to follow. In an interview, Mayor of Athens Dora Bakoyianni also referred to the review issue, noting that it should approach the European environment. On PASOKs part, its Press spokesperson, Nikos Athanasakis, spoke of communicational fireworks. Furthermore, Messrs Karamanlis and Pavlopoulos discussed the new public servants code, as well as issues that relate to the assessment and the Disciplinary Law for public servants.

    Proposals after April 6

    In an interview to Ta Nea newspaper, Dora Bakoyianni underlined that all changes that will bring the country nearer to the European environment, among which State-Church relations, should be investigated in the review of the Constitution.

    "There are issues such as the role and the election procedure of the President of the Republic, the establishment of a High Constitutionals Court, the relations of the Church and State, the protection of personal rights and the use of technology, the degrees of Local Self-Government," stated Mrs Bakoyianni.

    The Minister for the Interior, referring to Dora Bakoyiannis interview, noted" "I have voiced my personal view, but we have a clear position by the previous review."

    In an interview on NET 105.8, ND EU Parliamentarian Giannis Varvitsiotis underlined "we have to proceed in the abolishment of the MPs profession incompatibility issue."

    PASOK spokesperson Nikos Athanasakis stated that NDs position on the review is a fireworks show.

    ND MP Lefteris Zagoritis stated that after five years following the latest review of the Constitution a series of clauses can be discussed.

    The question is if whether we can wait for a progressive review with the current relation of powers, underlined Secretary of the KKE Parliamentary Group Achilleas Katartzis in interview on NET 105.8.

    It is noted that the proposals on the review of the Constitution will be submitted after April 6.

    [05] After an "Experiment" in Biology Class Precautionary Exams for 29 Students

    27 Dec 2005 18:57:00

    Sources: NET

    A class of the 2nd Lower Secondary School in Chaidari will undergo medical examinations, after an experiment in Biology class, during which, the teacher pricked his students fingers with the same needle. The complaint was filed by a parent on December 16, and already 29 students are expected to undergo laboratory examinations in Agia Varvara hospital. After the complaint, the Health Directorate of the Athens Prefecture was briefed on the case by the Schools headmaster on December 20, while the Centre for Infectious Disease Control (KEEL) was also briefed, which stated that there is a danger of transmission of microbes from one student to another. Deputy Minister of Education Giorgos Kalos asked for the immediate sworn administrative enquiry in order to see if responsibility will be attributed.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

    [06] For the Further Investigation of the Case Pakistani Abductions to Prosecutor

    27 Dec 2005 15:31:00 (Last updated: 27 Dec 2005 21:07:44)

    By Vivian Papastefanou

    Sources: NET, ANA

    Chief of the First Instance Prosecution Dimitris Papaggelopoulos asked for the brief over Pakistani abductions from the Police Directorate, in order for the further investigation of the case to be placed to a Prosecutor. Mr Papaggelopoulos will decide tomorrow over the Prosecutor, who will take up the investigation of the case. In the meantime, a written complaint was submitted by unionists of the Hellenic National Intelligence Service (NIS) to the Prosecution, for the leak of its services names to the Press. This morning, the attorney of the Pakistanis, Fragiskos Ragousis submitted a lawsuit against specific figures, which are allegedly involved in the abductions.


    During a dinner hosted for journalists, Minister of Foreign Affairs Petros Molyviatis questioned on the issue, stated that he has nothing more to add, apart from the official announcements already made.

    In a radio interview, PASOK spokesperson Nikos Athanasakis questioned on the issue noted: "If the articles are correct, the Government ought to give explanations, and there is obviously a responsibility issue which falls on the Ministry of Public Order and its Minister." Mr Athanasakis said, "if all that has been described has taken place, it is an issue of human rights violation, citizens rights and it is an issue of democracy." He also added "NIS is a State-run service and ought to operate in the context of legality. It concerns both Greek citizens and immigrants living in the country. The citizens security cannot be divided in categories."

    In an announcement, KKE Central Press office asked for the investigation of the abductees case and underlined that information surfacing is confusing, instead of clearing up the situation.

    In a television interview, member of SYN Panagiotis Lafazanis commenting on the issue, stated "all that is taking place is unprecedented and extremely dangerous," and added "the Government is continuing, regardless of the heaps of revelations, to cover up citizens abductions from Greek and British secret services, which took place in three parts of the country: Petralona, Giannena and Oinofyta." As per Mr Lafazanis, the issue "has immense dimensions concerning democracy and national security. Greece has turned into a fenceless country and a protectorate. It has completely surrendered, with the consensus of PASOK and ND Governments, to the hands of the US and British services which are rummaging through it." In closing, he referred to "the duty of the continuous covering-up does not only concern the Minister of Public Order, but the Government and the Prime Minister personally.

    Translated by Eirene Nisiriou

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