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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2002-09-03
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, September 3, 2002
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
The panhellenic boycott has been organized by the Consumers Institute (INKA), with the participation of the Greek Consumers Association, in cooperation with 55 organizations from all over Greece.
INKA is calling consumers not to spend a single euro on the market today, while it also asked them to drop their power switches for 2 minutes symbolically and avoid telephone calls.
Protest rallies against expensiveness will also be organized all over the country today. In Thessaloniki, at 7pm at the Venizelos statue, PAME has organized a rally, while an hour earlier, the Workers Fighting Front has organized a rally for the same rea son in Athens.
Savvas Xeros will remain in the same cell as his brother until he is fully healed. Xeros has serious hearing and seeing problems according to the police, and they had to repeat their orders several times.
Meanwhile, the authorities have located the man who harbored Dimitris Koufontinas during the first few days after the Piraeus bombing. The man has already testified, however after police investigations no trace of Koufontinas was found.
The largest decrease was recorded in the number of German tourists - 30% - who, due to the euro and the floods, preferred cheaper destinations (Turkey-Bulgaria), or stayed in their country.
British arrivals remained at the same level, while there was as small increase in the number of Scandinavians.
There was a small number of tourists from Serbia and FYROM due to problems with visas, while weekend excursions of Greeks were lessened due to bad weather.
According to information on foreign arrivals of the Thessaloniki airport for the January July period, there was a 9% drop due to the decrease in the number of steady flights abroad.
She pointed out the need to have a substantial global agreement, with binding time schedules, a specific action plan and the necessary application tools, expressing the belief that "the procedure achieving the goals of the Rio World Summit 10 years ago, is rather slow".
"This vicious circle must break. Great inequalities in wealth create problems in the economy, exhaust natural resources and unavoidably lead to conflict. Globalization must benefit everyone. Equal access to natural resources is a necessary condition for viability to become reality", she stressed, adding that "achieving balance between the environmental, social, and financial pillar, must be the final result of the Johannesburg Summit".
"We cannot just accept that 2 billion people on the planet are living in conditions of complete poverty. Better living conditions, adequate food, clean water, energy sources that are reliable and friendly towards the environment, must be available to all , and for that reason specific goals must be set", she said, while at the same time stressing that the environment must be taken into account, because the downgrading of the environment contributes to keeping poor societies hostage to poverty and disease.
The Minister of the Environment underlined that Greece considers that the application plan, at which the Summit will arrive, must "recognize the value of reinforcing the institutional framework for viable development on an international, national and loc al level", and that it should include both the environmental as well as the social dimension.
"Greece takes its obligations and commitments towards the international community into account seriously. We have constituted the strategy for viable development and we are in the process of applying it. I assure you that in the first half of 2003, durin g the Greek Presidency of the EU, we will closely cooperate with out partners for the materialization of the Johannesburg decisions", pointed out Mrs. Papandreou.
According to the newspaper "Macedonia", the use of the geothermic fields will be extended to the heating and cooling system of the airport that will be ready for the public in 2006.
Based on estimates, the new heating and cooling system will cost 40% less compared to the method used today in similar building complexes.
A total of 70.6% of the research sample believes that the prices have increased excessively, while 72.3% back today's consumer boycott and 58.2% responded that they will probably participate in the market embargo held today at the initiative of the Con sumers' Institute, INKA.
It is impressive that 86.2% responded that with the adoption of the Euro they spend more for their everyday needs and only 11.5% believe that they spend as much as they used to.
Mr. Simitis stated that the measures aim at the strengthening of the economically weaker tax payers. The measures provide for the increase of the tax shelter to 10.000 Euro for the wage earners and pensioners, to 12.000 Euro for families with two childre n and to 20.000 Euro for families with three children and more. Also, many of the special taxes will be abolished except from the so-called "luxury".
The Prime Minister clarified that the overall cost for the materialization of all those measures will reach 1.4 billion Euro and corresponds to 1% of the GDP, adding that this way convergence with the rest EU economies will be achieved.
Specifically, the effects on the sales volume in the food stores were translated into losses of 67.29% by 1:30pm, while in the open-air markets the losses were at 82.31%.
INKA has called on consumers to make absolutely no purchase today while at the same time, consumers were asked to turn off the electricity switches for 2 minutes at 10pm. They were also called to avoid making any telephone calls during the same time in a
show of protest to the price increases.
According to the farmers' representatives, the tractors will remain in the streets and city squares until Friday, September 6 when farmers from all over Greece will participate in a protest rally in Thessaloniki that will take place without their tractor s. The rally will be held at the same time with the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair inauguration by the Prime Minister.
The basic demand raised by the farmers is to be compensated for the damages they suffered last winter, while they will also protest against the new cotton production cuts.
Of the stocks trading today, 168 recorded gains and 139 had losses, while the value of 67 stocks remained unchanged.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Among them was Gabriel Melinte, who was unable to appear in court today. He is the man accused by Passaris as being the actual culprit of the double murder and armed robbery in a currency exchange office in Bucharest on November 24, 2001.
The first witness, Vladimir Christian testified that he was passing by the currency exchange office on the evening of November 24 with a friend when he saw two individuals, a man holding a gun and a woman. He also said that later, he heard two gun shots and ran to the closest Police Station to report the incident. However, he was unable to identify Kostas Passaris in court as being the man he had seen on the crime scene.
Passaris appeared in court in a good mood and when he was asked why he was smiling he responded that he had a very good day.