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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-05-31
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
Last Update: 23:27 GMT+2
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 FOREIGN MINSTRY TO PUBLISH HISTORY OF THE GREEK JEWS
Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 31/05/1998 (MPA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to publish a bilingual (Greek, English) history of the Greek Jews compiled from the ministry archives, according to the director of the Foreign Ministry's Historical Archives, Heleni Konstantopoulou.
The report, which is to be out in late June, will contain data found archives concerning the cultural, economic and political activities of the Greek Jews.
Only 62 of the 1,600 Thessaloniki Jews who survived the Holocaust are alive today. About 50,000 Thessaloniki Jews, the largest Jewish community in Greece at the time, were transported in 19 operations by the Nazis to the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps between March and August 1943. Only 1,600 of them or 4 percent of the Thessaloniki Jewish population, survived.
 THESSALONIKI TO HOST TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE
Web Posted: 20:30 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 31/05/1998 (MPA) Thessaloniki is to host the Conference of Multimodal Transport and Transit Trade in Southeast Europe from June 4-6, an event organized by HELEXPO, the organizer of the Thessaloniki International Fair, in cooperation with the Department of Communications Technology of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
The event is to address legal and administrative issues pertaining to difficulties encountered in crossing borders, methods and practices associated with multimodal transport in light of new technology and the use of logistics, multimodal transport corridors and infrastructure (terminals and junctions), networks, services and international cooperation.
Among those participating in the conference will be senior officials and representatives of European Union directorates, the ministries of transport and communications, of environment, town planning and public works, of finance, of merchant marine, universities, cultural foundations of Austria, Bulgaria, Germany and other countries and transport organizations.
 INTERNATIONAL FUR CONGRESS HELD IN KASTORIA
Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2Kastoria, 31/05/1998 (MPA) Delegates from 12 countries including Russia, the US and China participated in a three-day, international fur congress, held in the northwestern Greek city of Kastoria , which ended today.
Large delegations from Russia, Ukraine, China, the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Italy and the US attended the congress.
The Siatista area and prefecture of Kastoria, with a long tradition in fur production from breeding to the finished product, accounts for approximately six percent of total foreign exchange inflows into Greece annually.
Kastoria is the country's second largest prefecture in terms of secondary sector employment in western Macedonia.
It has 2,700 fur producing enterprises,1,700 of which are exclusively export-oriented. Russia and the Far East are evolving into the industry's major importers. According to official data, the fur industry in the region employs 13,000 people.
Fur exports to eastern European markets alone were 60 billion drachmas in 1996, up from an estimated 80 billion drachmas in 1997, according to the Greek Fur Center.
Greek furriers treat 8.5 percent of world fur and leather production, and produce 30 percent of fur products worldwide.
 MAIN OPPOSITION PARTY LEADER COMPLETES THESSALY TOUR
Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2Thessaloniki, 31/05/1998 (MPA) The leader of Greece's main opposition party, New Democracy's Kostas Karamanlis wrapped up a four-day tour of the region of Thessaly in central Greece today.
In the prefectures of Magnesia, Larisa, Karditsa and Trikala, Mr. Karamanlis met with local authorities, business leaders, as well as party followers and will gave a series of addresses.
 IONIAN BANK'S STRIKING STAFF INTENT ON DEFYING COURT ORDER
Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2Athens, 31/05/1998 (MPA) Although a Greek court ruled last week that the strike conducted by Ionian Bank's disgruntled staff is illegal and has barred its resumption, the undaunted employees are determined to press on with their protest to the privatization of the bank, continuing the strike until Wednesday.
The Athens-based First Circuit Court ordered workers at state-controlled Ionian Bank to end the strike they have held since May 11.
In its ruling, the Court said union leaders would be fined GRD400,000 (about $1,200) on a daily basis if the order was ignored. As for the employees, under Greek law, staff members failing to return to work after such a ruling also face the possibility of dismissal.
In its reasoning, the Court held that the striking Ionian workers have essentially barred thousands of customers from having access to their savings accounts, since there isn't even a skeleton staff on duty to serve them.
 PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS HELD IN MONTENEGRO TODAY
Web Posted: 20:27 GMT+2Montenegro, 31/05/1998 (MPA) Parliamentary elections were held in Montenegro today, where 17 parties and coalitions vie for the House's 78 seats.
The Democratic Party of new president Milo Juganovic's Socialists has formed a coalition with the Social-Democratic Party and together they hope to form the majority. These are the fourth elections in Montenegro since the establishment of the multi-partisan system in 1989.
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