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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-09-08

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


MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, September 8, 2003

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] A COURSE FOR CONVERSION
  • [02] FIRE FROM THE OPPOSITION
  • [03] LAST GOODBYE TO EV. GIANNOPOULOS
  • [04] A $1 MILLION WORTH OF AIR
  • [05] INTERNATIONAL GREEK UNIVERSITY OPEN IN 2004
  • [06] PAPANDREOU: GREECE WILL SEND TROOPS TO IRAQ IF UN SAYS YES
  • [07] KARAMANLIS IN BRUSSELS
  • [08] SCANDALIDIS INTERVIEW TO MPA
  • [09] EVAGGELOS GIANNOPOULOS FUNERAL
  • [10] COTTON PRODUCTION STARTING OFF WELL
  • [11] CHILDREN DRINK AND SMOKE
  • [12] INFLATION AT 3.3% IN AUGUST
  • [13] PROBLEMS FOR BRITISH TOURISTS AT A CORFU HOTEL
  • [14] LOSSES IN THE ASE
  • [15] TRADE TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN GREECE AND CYPRUS HAVE INCREASED
  • [16] THE "ATHENS 2004" PAVILION IN THE ITF
  • [17] MAGRIOTIS: 2003 IS A TURNING POINT FOR THE GREEKS LIVING ABROAD
  • [18] PROTOPAPAS ON THE CONVERGENCE CHARTER
  • [19] BEGLITIS ON THE REFUSAL OF THE TURKISH CYPRIOTS TO MEET WITH MR. PAPANDREOU
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [20] NATO MEMBER-STATE HEADS OF STAFFS MEETING NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] A COURSE FOR CONVERSION The charta for convergence to be presented by Prime Minister Costas Simitis on Wednesday, is the next step in the completion of the political initiatives announced by the Mr. Simitis. The charta will refer to the time period until 2008 and will include i ncome, services, and public administration issues. Mr. Simitis repeated, from the Thessaloniki International Fair, that elections will be held in Spring 2004 and that he is still not interested in the position of Chairman of the European Commission. The P rime Minister stressed that the social measures announced are not pre-electoral, noting that the connected benefits will be covered by the increase in the GDP, while he accused New Democracy of polyglotism.
  • [02] FIRE FROM THE OPPOSITION President of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis accused the Prime Minister of making worn out promises and of deception, after Mr. Simitis' interview in Thessaloniki. New anti-popular measures after 2004 were foreseen by KKE Press Spokesperson M. Mailis, wh o called the people to give PASOK and ND a "sharp slap in the face". Beautification of problems and the creation of virtual realities were mentioned by the President of the Coalition, N. Konstantopoulos. The Prime Minister is trying to create a polarized atmosphere, said President of DIKKI D. Tsovolas.
  • [03] LAST GOODBYE TO EV. GIANNOPOULOS The funeral of PASOK MP and former Minister Evaggelos Giannopoulos, who died at the age of 85, will be held today at noon. The deceased was born in Arkadia in 1918, participated in the national resistance, and joined PASOK after the political changeover,

    was the chairman of the Athens Bar Association from 1976-1981, he was elected to Parliament at every term from 1981 onwards and also served as Minister of Labor, Justice, the Merchant Marine, transportations and the Aegean, in Andreas Papandreou's govern ments.

  • [04] A $1 MILLION WORTH OF AIR Immediate clarifications so that the name of Greece is not marred, were demanded by the political leadership of the Ministry of Culture and the administration of the Hellenic Football Federation, after the accusations made by Armenia, regarding attempted

    bribery so that Greece be favored in the game with Armenia two days ago. The accusations concern the President of the Hellenic Football Federation, V. Gagatsis, who allegedly used an Armenian former football player that had played in Greece and promised $1 million.

  • [05] INTERNATIONAL GREEK UNIVERSITY OPEN IN 2004 His reassurance that the first sections of the International Greek University, based in Thessaloniki, will open within 2004, was given by Minister of Education Petros Efthymiou.

    "Regarding the first classes to begin in 2004, there is not a doubt, that with the current infrastructure and the remarkable educational system we have, we are in a position to start classes", underlined the Minister in his interview to the "Thessaloniki " newspaper.

    Mr. Efthymiou explained that the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Macedonia, the Dimokritio University of Thrace and the newly founded University of Western Macedonia will be the first to participate, with coordination from Thessal oniki for the creation on international sections.

    "Priority in these courses is given to students from neighboring countries, SE Europe, and our goal is to extend to the Middle East" he noted, adding that the international sections will not be taught in Greek and students will have to pay a tuition.

    Regarding the issue of the Film Department, the Minister observed that it was given to Thessaloniki because it is Greece's city with the most film activity, while he added that there are already funds for staff and the special lab equipment necessary, an d facilities will be made available very soon.

  • [06] PAPANDREOU: GREECE WILL SEND TROOPS TO IRAQ IF UN SAYS YES If the UN issues a decision for an international peace force in Iraq, Greece will participate in it with troops.

    This statement was made by Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou, as was pointed out in a "Ta Nea" newspaper publication today. In fact, Mr. Papandreou pointed out that the Greek force to be sent to Iraq will include soldiers who will participate in the hu manitarian aid, as well as a medical team.

    The chances of the UN Security Council approving the resolution draft submitted by the US is now quite great.

    Mr. Papandreou further stated that it is the common will of the international community that there is a steady government in the Iraq as soon as possible.

  • [07] KARAMANLIS IN BRUSSELS President of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis will be in Brussels today. At 16:30 he will attend an event to be held in the European Parliament, to honor Constantinos Karamanlis, by naming a mansion in the Belgian capital after him.

    The President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, will uncover the honorary plaque, while speakers at the event include among others the President of the European People's Party, Wilfried Martens, and the President of the Greek Parliament, Apostolos Kak lamanis.

  • [08] SCANDALIDIS INTERVIEW TO MPA Minister of the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization Costas Scandalidis, is more optimistic today than he was in June regarding outcome of the upcoming elections, according to his interview to the Macedonian Press Agency.

    What Secretary of PASOK's Central Committee Michalis Chrysochoidis says, is in the same direction as what Mr. Scandalidis had said when he held that position, and the Minister of the Interior firmly believes that Mr. Laliotis will be in the game of the e lections and on the first line of battle.

    On the elector law, the government is carrying out all processing possible and aiming at a broader composition. It is keeping the issue open and taking disagreements within PASOK into account, and is awaiting the results of the discussion with the partie s. However it is determined to move on the vote for a new electoral law, even without the Opposition, because the country needs it.

    Over the next few days, a draft for the Public Administration reform will be submitted to Parliament. The draft for the reform of the politicians property auditing will be one of the first to be voted on by the Plenary session of the Parliament, while th e new code of Municipalities and Communities is expected to be voted on in October.

    The Minister of the Interior will travel to Tirana, Albania, in the next few weeks, in order to sign the double citizenship agreement for Greek-Albanians.

  • [09] EVAGGELOS GIANNOPOULOS FUNERAL Evaggelos Gioannopoulos' contribution to PASOK and the Greek people was characterized as invaluable by Prime Minister Costas Simitis, in his eulogy for the deceased at the I Athens Cemetery. Mr. Simitis spoke of a fighter in the National Resistance, the attorney, the scientist, the politician and the man that was Evaggelos Giannopoulos, and stressed that PASOK will always remember him, because he will be with everybody and he will inspire the actions of party members. Evaggelos Giannopoulos was a member of PAK and a founding member of PASOK, a fighter for all eras. "Every generation since the war saw Vaggelis Giannopoulos both participate in its ranks and fight with courage on the first line", stressed the Prime Minister

    President of the Coalition Nikos Constantopoulos also read a eulogy, addressing V. Giannopoulos' struggles for democracy and his battles as an attorney, inside and outside the courtroom, defending his fellow fighters, the persecuted and union members.

    His integrity and his contribution to society and PASOK were referred to by Foreign Minister Giorgos Papandreou

  • [10] COTTON PRODUCTION STARTING OFF WELL The estimated production of cotton for the 2003-2004 period has been determined at 1,056,668 tons, based on the related decision made by Administrative Committee of Thread Fibers of the EU. An increment of 15% has been calculated on the specific quantity
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