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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2000-11-08

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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 8, 2000

SECTIONS

  • [A] NATIONAL NEWS
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS TITLES
  • [01] BALKAN PARTNERSHIP IN THESSALONIKI TOMORROW
  • [02] THESSALONIKI HOSTS GREEK-CANADIAN CONFERENCE
  • [03] PM IN THESSALONIKI FRIDAY FOR HEALTH CONFERENCE
  • [04] ONASSIS AWARD BESTOWED ON GISCARD D'ESTAING
  • [05] UNION WARNS OF STRIKE OVER LABOR REFORMS BILL
  • [06] CULTURE MINISTER OF LUXEMBOURG VISITS ATHENS
  • [07] MOTION FOR MARBLES' RETURN TABLED WITH C of E
  • [08] COMMERCIAL BANK OF GREECE INTERESTED IN BIOCHIM
  • [09] U.S. CITIZENS IN THESSALONIKI ARE DILIGENT VOTERS
  • [10] DIPEK EVENT:ECONOMIC TIES, PROSPECTS IN BALKANS
  • [11] PREMIER SIMITIS CONDUCTS WORKING VISIT TO ROME
  • [12] INFLATION IS A PROBLEM FOR THE GOVERNMENT
  • [13] PAPANDREOU: THE CONFIDENCE-BUILDING-MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BASED ON THE PAPOULIAS-YILMAZ MEMORANDUM
  • [14] THE LOSSES CONTINUE IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [15] ATHANASAKIS: THE GREEK GOVERNMENT IS LOOKING FORWARD TO THE CONTINUATION OF ITS COOPERATION WITH THE US
  • [16] PAPADIMOS: THE INFLATION RISE IS COINCIDENTAL
  • [17] THE POPE IS LIKELY TO VISIT GREECE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
  • [18] CLIFFHANGER ELECTIONS: GORE RETRACTS CONCESSION
  • [19] FIRST LADY CLINTON WINS SENATE SEAT IN NEW YORK
  • [20] DEAD MAN POSTHUMOUSLY ELECTED SENATOR IN U.S.
  • [21] CYPRUS PLACED AT TOP OF EU ENTRY CANDIDATES LIST
  • [22] SPECIAL SUMMIT OF THE EUROPEAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MINISTERS
  • [23] AN EXHIBITION ON THE PARTHENON WILL BE INAUGURATED IN ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT TOMORROW
  • [24] NANA MOUSKOURI CONCERT IN LONDON FOR THE RETURN OF THE PARTHENON MARBLES TO GREECE
  • [25] THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION ADOPTED A TEXT ON THE EU-TURKEY PARTNERSHIP RELATION THAT SATISFIES THE GREEK POSITIONS

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

    [01] BALKAN PARTNERSHIP IN THESSALONIKI TOMORROW

    In an event that aspires to result in numerous business cooperation agreements, the Balkan Partnership 2000 will be held in Thessaloniki on November 9-10 and will feature the participation of over 300 firms from Greece, the European Union and the Mediterranean region.

    The event will be officially inaugurated by the Minister of Macedonia-Thrace George Paschalides and will feature the attendance of Greece's undersecretary of National Economy Yiannis Zafiropoulos and FYROM's Minister of Finance Borko Andreev.

    The event will be held at the city's exhibition-conference center Helexpo and is organized by the Inter-Balkan & Black Sea Business Centre (DIPEK) in co-operation with the Exporters' Association of Northern Greece (SEVE) and the International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki (TIF SA).

    The Balkan Partnership will host 127 companies, representing the sectors of construction, building materials, foods, drinks, pharmaceuticals and hospital supplies.

    Fifty of these companies will be Greek, 27 Bulgarian. 18 Romanian, 20 from FYROM and ten Albanian. An additional 200 companies will be featured from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Cyprus, Israel, the Czech Republic, Russia and Croatia.

    The project is financed by the INTERREG Program of the European Union, through the Greek Ministry of National economy. T The objective of INTERREG Program is to promote the creation and development of networks of co-operation across internal borders of the European Union and to assist such internal border areas to overcome development problems arising from their isolation. The second aim is to provide interconnections with wider European networks.

    [02] THESSALONIKI HOSTS GREEK-CANADIAN CONFERENCE

    A conference on the coexistence of different cultures, titled "Multiculture: A developing dialogue. The Greek and Canadian example", will begin in Thessaloniki today, under the auspices of Greece' Culture Ministry.

    The three-day conference will highlight the issue of coexistence between different cultures in the two countries and will be attended by Culture Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Thessaloniki Deputy Mayor Nikos Makrantonakis and the Canadian Ambassador to Greece David Hatton.

    The event is organized by the Canadian embassy and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

    [03] PM IN THESSALONIKI FRIDAY FOR HEALTH CONFERENCE

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis is to arrive in Thessaloniki on Friday November 10 in order to address the ruling PASOK party's nationwide conference on Health and Welfare.

    In addition to Mr. Simitis, the conference will feature keynote addresses from Health Minister Alekos Papadopoulos and the secretary of PASOK's Central Committee Costas Skandalides who will outline the state's health and welfare policies. Other issues to be discussed include the planned reforms of the National Health System.

    [04] ONASSIS AWARD BESTOWED ON GISCARD D'ESTAING

    The international Alexander S. Onassis Foundation's awards for 1999 were bestowed upon former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing, renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis and professor John W. Doran by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos in an Athens ceremony last night.

    Mr. d'Estaing was granted the award for international understanding and social contribution, Mr. Theodorakis for his contribution to culture and Professor Doran, a soil scientist at the US Agriculture Ministry's Agricultural Research Service, for his contribution to the environment.

    [05] UNION WARNS OF STRIKE OVER LABOR REFORMS BILL

    The General Confederation of Workers of Greece (GSEE) the country's largest trade union umbrella, has givent he state a 48- hour ultimatum to accept its demands before it proceeds to a new 24-hour strike that will coincide with the opening of Parliamentary discussion on labor reform.

    GSEE's demands concern the reduction of working hours, retirement after 35 years of work and withdrawal of a proposal to deregulate lay-off rules in the country.

    Labor Minister Tasos Yiannitsis has vowed that the government will support an agreement on labor reform between social partners.

    [06] CULTURE MINISTER OF LUXEMBOURG VISITS ATHENS

    The Culture Minister of Luxembourg Erna Hennicot Schoepges arrived in Athens this week, where she met with her Greek counterpart Theodoros Pangalos and discussed cultural exchanges between Greece and Luxembourg and cooperation in the audiovisual media.

    The two ministers also discussed a planned promotion of Luxembourg-made films by Luxembourg's Embassy in Athens and a photography exhibition, as well as a program titled "Traditional Activities in Europe" that will be presented in Greece in March and April 2001.

    Mme. Hennicot Schoepges invited Mr. Pangalos to visit Luxembourg and the Museum of Modern Art designed by the famous architect I.M. Pei.

    Following the talks, Mr. Pangalos stated that the meeting had been constructive.

    [07] MOTION FOR MARBLES' RETURN TABLED WITH C of E

    Parliamentarians from five countries, representing four different parties signed and tabled a motion to the Council of Europe (CoE) calling for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens for display, according to a press release from the office of British MP Eddie O'Hara.

    The said proposal also noted that there are plans to display the traveling exhibition sponsored by the Nana Mouskouri Foundation in the Palais d' Europe in Strasbourg during the next meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly in January 2001.

    Mr. O'Hara and British deputy Tom Cox, both known supporters for te return of the marbles and who are UK government delegates to the CoE said that "the argument has shifted from concentration on the question of ownership to the question of where they belong, whoever owns them.

    "The argument over ownership may take years to resolve. In the meantime the marbles should be displayed in proximity to the monument to which they belong, whoever owns them," the deputies said in their press release.

    [08] COMMERCIAL BANK OF GREECE INTERESTED IN BIOCHIM

    Commercial Bank of Greece has expressed interest in purchasing Bulgaria's Biochim Bank, the neighboring country's fourth largest financial institution that is slated for privatization. According to press reports, other banks that have expressed interest in Biochim Bank are Banca Nazionale del Lavoro, BNP Paribas, Raiffeisen Zentralbank and Hebrosbank of Bulgaria.

    An unsuccessful attempt to sell the bank was made in the summer.

    [09] U.S. CITIZENS IN THESSALONIKI ARE DILIGENT VOTERS

    Approximately one thousand of American registered voters who reside in Thessaloniki cast their vote in the U.S. presidential elections by posting absentee ballots with the city's U.S. consulate.

    Having a deadline of November 3, these voters either mailed or dropped off their ballot at their local DHL World Wide Express, a service provided by the US embassy in Athens for free. DHL couriered it to New York's JFK airport, where the ballots entered the US postal system. Collection boxes were available at all DHL service centers in Greece and at the American Citizens Services section at the US embassy in Athens.

    Reflecting the high abstention rates in the United States, a mere 20 per cent of the 100,000 U.S. citizens residing in Greece are believed to have voted in these elections.

    Seventy percent of Greece's U.S. citizens, the majority of whom are Greek-Americans, reside in Athens, with the remaining dispersed throughout Thessaloniki, the Peloponnese, and the islands of Rhodes, Kos, and Chios.

    [10] DIPEK EVENT:ECONOMIC TIES, PROSPECTS IN BALKANS

    "Economic Ties and Prospects in the Balkan Region" will be the theme of a one-day presentation held tomorrow in Thessaloniki by the Interbalkan and Black Sea Trade Development Center (DIPEK), held within the framework of the Balkan Partnership 2000 conference.

    Following the presentation, addresses will be given in regards to investment opportunities in the Balkan region, with speakers such as the representative of the Yugoslav Industry and Commerce Chamber Jadranka Zenic Zeljkovic and the officer of the World Bank's liaison bureau in Greece.

    [11] PREMIER SIMITIS CONDUCTS WORKING VISIT TO ROME

    Prime Minister Costas Simitis embarked today on a two-day working visit to Rome, where he will hold talks with his Italian counterpart Giuliano Amato.

    Later this afternoon, Mr. Simitis will also meet with Rome Mayor Francesco Rutelli, the center-left coalition's candidate premier.

    The Premier, who is accompanied by a delegation of government officials, is expected to return to Athens tomorrow evening.


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