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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-03-22
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, March 22, 2002
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
Meanwhile, on March 9, Mr. Papantoniou will make an official visit to the UK, in the framework of which discussions will take place on defensive and military cooperation between Greece and the UK.
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The company's management decided to suspend Olympic flights from and to Thessaloniki, directly connecting it to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris. The related announcement stressed that the low number of passengers, the high cost and the need for a more rat ionalistic flight schedule in view of the summer period, are the components that led the management to making this decision.
The Group's companies will continue to connect Thessaloniki to 19 destinations, abroad and within Greece, while at the same time they are increasing the number of weekly flights to Munich from 12 to 14, foreseeing morning departure from Thessaloniki and returning in the evening.
Immediately after the meeting, Mr. Karamanlis stated:
"We had a very useful and fertile meeting with the Commissioner, Mr. Verheugen. The issue, of course, was the enlargement of the EU. I had a chance to stress that New Democracy supports the enlargement procedure for many reasons:
First of all, as a matter of principle. Because we believe that Europe will be whole, only when countries of East and Southeast Europe become members of the larger European family.
Secondly, for stability reasons in the broader region that Greece belongs to.
And of course, because Cyprus is participating in the enlargement procedure.
On that issue, in fact, I had a chance to tell Mr. Verheugen that it is our first priority, which we very fervently support. We believe that Cyprus should be incorporated in the first group of candidate countries, regardless of the political solution.
We do want a political solution. All Greeks want it. That is indisputable. But, by no means whatsoever will Cyprus fall victim to blackmail, in relation to its accession to the EU. And of course I assured Mr. Verheugen, that this is a factor connecting a ll Greeks and all political expressions in our country".
President's agenda also includes meetings with the political leadership of Greece.
According to her schedule, at 11:30am she will speak at the Achaia Chamber on political and social developments in Afghanistan. Later, she will meet representatives of women's organizations, and at 1.15pm she will give an interview at the offices of the Editors' Association.
As far as the Cyprus issue is concerned, the European Commissioner insinuated that it would be good for the political issue to have been resolved by October. Thus, the decision for the accession of Cyprus to the European Union is expected at the European
Commission meeting in Copenhagen. However he stressed that if something like this were not to happen, the procedure for Cyprus' accession would continue normally.
Concerning Cyprus' progress towards the European Union, he appreciated that Cyprus is well along on the right track, and he characteristically said that if Europe were called at this moment to decide, it would be very easy for it to say "yes". Asked abou t Turkey's progress in adapting to European standards, he mentioned not observing human rights, which as he said, create problems for Turkey's pre-accession procedures.
On possible money laundering in Cyprus, Mr. Verheugen stressed that there is no such issue. However, he did mention the issue of off-shore companies, he made mention of a tax issue and pointed out that it will be solved by the Cypriot government in the v ery near future.
important events of the Patriarchy will broadcasted through the Internet, while the infrastructure created at Fanari, will allow the Ecumenical Patriarchy to participate in teleconferences.
The conference is the largest of its kind in Europe, covering the latest developments in the field of Economy and Know-how Administration, while it is being held under the auspices of ALBA.
Participants in the conference include 250 internationally distinguished university faculty members and business staff members and consultants from all over the world. During the conference they will present 170 scientific studies at 11 parallel meetings .
Mains speakers include Harvard University Professor Chris Argyris, Dr. J.S. Brown (XEROX), Professor S Dutta (INSEAD), and Duke University Professor A. Lewin.
The conference is being organized by ALBA Professors, the network will be provided by FORTHNET and the Financial Tachydromos will be the Communications Sponsor.
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