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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-11-30

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY NEWS IN ENGLISH
Thessaloniki, November 30, 1998

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] CUSTOMS WORKERS GO ON STRIKE, SERIES OF PROBLEMS EXPECTED
  • [02] 400 BILLION DRACHMAS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR CREATING JOBS FOR YOUTH
  • [03] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO OSLO, COPENHAGEN TOMORROW
  • [04] ALTERNATE FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO GERMANY TOMORROW
  • [05] ATHENS HOSTS CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY
  • [06] NORTHERN GREECE'S PHYSICIANS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER ROUND OF STRIKES
  • [07] RAILWAY WORKERS EMBARK ON FIVE-DAY STRIKE TODAY
  • [08] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS TRAVELS TO GERMANY THIS WEEK
  • [09] ORPHANS FROM BOSNIA TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN KALAMARIA
  • [10] STUDENTS PERSIST WITH RALLYING AGAINST EDUCATIONAL REFORMS
  • [11] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED ON THE OPINION POLLS
  • [12] THE MAJORITY OF THE GREEKS WANT SIMITIS FOR PRIME MINISTER
  • [13] SIMITIS: THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY DEPENDS ON THE NEW GENERATION
  • [14] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED ON THE SANTER STATEMENTS
  • [15] PROBLEMS AT THE BORDERS DUE TO THE CUSTOMS EMPLOYEES STRIKE
  • [16] KAKLAMANIS IS IN VIENNA FOR THE EU PARLIAMENT PRESIDENTS' CONFERENCE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [17] ITALY LOOKS AT INTERNATIONAL COURT FOR OCALAN CASE
  • [18] EU PRESIDENT VICTOR KLIMA IN ATHENS ON DECEMBER 2
  • [19] GEORGE SOROS WARNS OF GLOBAL RECESSION RISK
  • [20] THEODOROS PANGALOS WILL VISIT SKOPJE

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] CUSTOMS WORKERS GO ON STRIKE, SERIES OF PROBLEMS EXPECTED

    A score of problems are expected to arise from the customs workers' rotating five-day strikes which begin today.

    To begin with, imports and exports of fuel, fresh and frozen produce and meat products are to come to a halt thereby creating potential shortages in the market.

    Meanwhile, the Athens First Circuit Court is to determine the strike's legality in a hearing set for tomorrow, as the Ministry of Economy has sought legal recourse by asking that the customs workers' action be declared illegal and abusive.

    [02] 400 BILLION DRACHMAS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR CREATING JOBS FOR YOUTH

    Over 400 billion drachmas are to be made available by the end of the year 2000 for the creation of jobs for young people up to 30 years old.

    The relevant plan is to be presented today by the Prime Minster Kostas Simitis. It includes the funding of 65 sectors of employment and its primary phase will begin the following month.

    [03] GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO OSLO, COPENHAGEN TOMORROW

    Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos will embark on a four-day visit to Denmark tomorrow, where he is scheduled to meet with his Danish counterpart Niels Helveg Petersen and with the Danish parliament's foreign affairs committee.

    On Wednesday and Thursday, Mr. Pangalos will lead a Greek delegation to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe ministerial summit in the Norwegian capital of Oslo, where he will meet with Foreign Minister Knut Vollebaek and the Norwegian parliament's foreign affairs committee.

    Mr. Pangalos will also be received by Norway's King Harald before returning to Athens on December 4.

    [04] ALTERNATE FOREIGN MINISTER TRAVELS TO GERMANY TOMORROW

    Alternate Foreign Minister George Papandreou will visit Germany tomorrow, where he will meet with the German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer.

    According to reports, the meeting will be in preparation for Prime Minister Kostas Simitis's visit to Germany where he will be received by the new German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.

    Mgrs. Simitis and Schroeder will hold talks in view of the EU Vienna summit to be held on December 13, ahead of Germany taking up the Union's presidency on January 1.

    [05] ATHENS HOSTS CONFERENCE ON RENEWABLE SOURCES OF ENERGY

    Greek government officials and EU Commissioner Christos Papoutsis are to address the conference "Application of Renewable Sources of Energy, National Priorities and European Strategy" which will begins in Athens tomorrow.

    Among the speakers at the three-day conference will be the Minister of Development, Vaso Papandreou, Minster of Environment, City Planning and Public Works Kostas Laliotis, the Minister of the Aegean Elisabeth Papazoi and the Eurodeputy of the Coalition for the Left and Progress Michael Papayiannakis.

    [06] NORTHERN GREECE'S PHYSICIANS TO CONDUCT ANOTHER ROUND OF STRIKES

    Northern Greece's hospital physicians are to embark on another 48-hour strike tomorrow, protesting the on-duty scheduling programs proposed by the Ministry of Health.

    The striking doctors are to conduct sit-ins in offices of the hospitals' presidents and will gather in front of the Macedonia- Thrace Ministry.

    [07] RAILWAY WORKERS EMBARK ON FIVE-DAY STRIKE TODAY

    Workers at the Greek Railways Organization, (OSE) are embarking on a five-day strike starting today, protesting a recent bill tabled in Parliament concerning their sector.

    Specifically, the rail workers will conduct three-hour work stoppages today and tomorrow, while from Wednesday until Friday they will hold 24-hour rotating strikes.

    The only trains that will operate will be those serving social needs, one for each route.

    [08] PRIME MINISTER SIMITIS TRAVELS TO GERMANY THIS WEEK

    Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will be received by the new German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder on December 7, during a visit to Germany, according to government spokesman Dimitris Reppas.

    Mr. Simitis will also meet with the German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, on December 4.

    [09] ORPHANS FROM BOSNIA TO SPEND CHRISTMAS IN KALAMARIA

    The Municipality of Kalamaria is to host approximately sixty children-survivors from the Bosnian war, during the Christmas season.

    The children, who are from the cities of Svornik, Banja Luka and Brco, have been to Kalamaria numerous times since 1995, always staying with the same Greek families.

    [10] STUDENTS PERSIST WITH RALLYING AGAINST EDUCATIONAL REFORMS

    High school and university students throughout the country are persisting with their objections to the educational reforms proposed by the Ministry and have decided to conduct two massive rallies, one to Be held on December 3, and the other on the ninth of the month.

    Meanwhile, over 350 high schools throughout the country are occupied by the students, a resort also taken by university students in Athens.

    [11] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED ON THE OPINION POLLS

    The government is judged by its real work whereas the opposition by its theoretical work, stated Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas when he was called to comment on the opinion poll published by the newspaper "TA NEA" according to which, 41.3% of those asked are not satisfied neither with Mr. Simitis nor with Mr. Karamanlis.

    Mr. Reppas added that the bells are ringing for the opposition, while he stated that the people in the national elections will judge in a positive way both the government and the prime minister.

    [12] THE MAJORITY OF THE GREEKS WANT SIMITIS FOR PRIME MINISTER

    According to an opinion poll conducted on behalf of the Athens newspaper "TA NEA", 26.8% of those asked want Kostas Simitis for prime minister compared to 21.7% in favor of Kostas Karamanlis.

    Also, 45.8% responded that they are not satisfied with PASOK and 52.6% that they are not satisfied with New Democracy, while 41.3% reject both parties. Most popular political party leader is Coalition of the Left president Nikos Konstantopoulos.

    [13] SIMITIS: THE FUTURE OF THE COUNTRY DEPENDS ON THE NEW GENERATION

    The future of the country depends on the future of the new generation, stated prime minister Kostas Simitis presenting the government program on the young. Referring to the reasons that led to the planning of a policy for the young, the prime minister underlined that the family structure has changed and stressed that new conditions and problems have been created that make the planning of a well-formed program necessary.

    As it was announced, over 400 billion drachmas will be earmarked for the employment of 1 million young people under the age of 30 by the end of the year 2000.

    [14] THE GREEK GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN COMMENTED ON THE SANTER STATEMENTS

    Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas when called to comment on EU Commission president Jacques Santer's interview, who mentioned that the likelihood of national elections will no affect the course of Greece toward its participation in the EMU, said that Mr. Santer confirms with his statements the right course followed by the country.

    Mr. Reppas clarified that Mr. Santer does not intervene in the domestic affairs of Greece and made a simple political observation as a third party.

    The Greek government spokesman stated that the efforts of the government give fruit, a fact that is recognized by the European Commission president and added that the government will be judged by the Greek people in the year 2000 when its work will be completed.

    [15] PROBLEMS AT THE BORDERS DUE TO THE CUSTOMS EMPLOYEES STRIKE

    Serious problems in the supply of the market with fuel and the distribution of imported goods are expected to be created as a result of the customs employees' five-day rotating strikes that started today. The fate of the strike will be judged tomorrow in court as the ministry of finance has appealed to justice to declare the strike action as illegal.

    Minister of labor Miltiadis Papaioannou stated that there should be no concern over any of the social security funds.

    [16] KAKLAMANIS IS IN VIENNA FOR THE EU PARLIAMENT PRESIDENTS' CONFERENCE

    Greek parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis is in Vienna to participate in the informal conference of the EU parliament presidents on the role of the state parliaments in the EU.

    The president of the Greek parliament will stress in his speech that the issue of the institutional reforms should be dealt with within the framework of the overall EU strategy and not as an isolated phenomenon. He will also welcome the opening of the EU negotiations with 6 candidate-states, among which is Cyprus.

    [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

    [17] ITALY LOOKS AT INTERNATIONAL COURT FOR OCALAN CASE

    Abdullah Ocalan is willing to face trial by an international court because he believes it will give him a chance to prove his innocence, his lawyer said on Sunday.

    "I am in favor of an international trial," Giuliano Pisapia told reporters. "So is Ocalan himself because it could be the place to face the charges made against him and of which he has no doubts about his innocence."

    Mr. Pisapia said an international court would offer the possibility of deciding if "a situation of war" exists in Turkey between the government and Kurds and if international law regarding war should apply in his case.

    Bonn and Rome have agreed to work together to bring Ocalan to trial by an international court but Turkey has rejected the idea.

    [18] EU PRESIDENT VICTOR KLIMA IN ATHENS ON DECEMBER 2

    Austrian Chancellor and European Union President Viktor Klima is to be in Athens on December 2 where he will be received by Greek Prime Minster Kostas Simitis in order to discuss the forthcoming Vienna European Council, to be held on December 11-12.

    Following Athens, Mr. Klima will tour the remaining capitals of the EU member-states for the same reason.

    [19] GEORGE SOROS WARNS OF GLOBAL RECESSION RISK

    Billionaire financier George Soros believes that despite the recent upswing in world markets, the global economy could slip into a recession in the next couple of years, according to Newsweek. Though U.S. stock markets have regained momentum and are now at all-time highs, "we are still in a bear market, and the previous lows will be retested, let's say, next year," Mr. Soros told the US-based weekly periodical.

    He added that the United States is in the midst of a "fairly mature boom" and faces increasing cost pressures. Japan remains in recession, and Brazil likely will follow suit, despite a recent global aid package of $41.5 billion, he added.

    As investment opportunities decrease, Mr. Soros said "the global economy is liable to slip into a recession next year or the year after."

    [20] THEODOROS PANGALOS WILL VISIT SKOPJE

    Greek foreign minister Theodoros Pangalos will visit FYROM after the center-right VMRO-DPMNE and Democratic Alternative party coalition comes to power.

    According to all the newspapers in FYROM, the announcement was made on Friday by Democratic Alternative chairman Vasil Tupurkofski speaking in a party gathering.


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