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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-09-17
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, September 17, 2003
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
Following the meeting, Mr. Papandreou stated that "we analyzed how the developments of the next few months - the coming year - will be important as far as Cyprus is concerned, because Cyprus is not only formally incorporated to the EU, a new path is also
opening for new initiative if the will is shown on the part of the Turkish Cypriots and Turkey".
They also discussed various issues regarding bilateral relations, regional and international tension, placing emphasis on the situation having risen in the Middle East, as well as in Iraq.
Mr. Papandreou also met with the special Coordinator on the Cyprus issue, Thomas Weston, with whom he discussed the new situation to be created by the so-called "elections" in occupied Cyprus.
The Foreign Minister will meet with his US counterpart Colin Powell in Washington today, continuing his formal contacts in the US capital.
According to information, children under the age of 16 were on the explicit sex videotapes. Police investigate whether the videotapes were filmed in Greece or abroad.
Of the stocks trading today, 275 recorded gains and 59 had losses, while the value of 49 stocks remained unchanged.
During the visit, the 8 mayors of Gevgeli, Mirafci, Demir-kapia, Prilep, Vitoliste, Topoltsani, Kavadarci and Konopiste, who were accompanied by FYROM Ministry of Economy officials, were briefed on new technology and know-how issues aimed at the improvem ent of infrastructures in their cities.
The mayor of Larisa speaking to the guests referred to the municipality activities and underlined the ties of friendship and cooperation developed between his city and the cities of Stromnitsa and Kumanovo.
The participating delegates will discuss new strategies for the management of historic cities, while proposals will be presented for the improvement of the quality of life of the people living in them.
In the symposium will participate scientists specializing in maintenance, promotion and management of cultural heritage as well as mayors, city council members and political representatives of cities that are OWHC members.
The conference is organized by the Association of Industries in Northern Greece, Slovakia's embassy in Greece and the country's consulate in Thessaloniki.
The goal of the conference is to present the prospects that are being opened for the development of business cooperation between the two countries. Slovakia's exports to Greece are mainly industrial products and heavy industry products, while its imports
from Greece are mostly raw materials, food, live animals, beverages, tobacco and chemical products.
The addition of new air corridors allows for better handling of air traffic during the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and in the future, in general, said the government spokesman.
Mr. Protopapas also stressed that the increase in the volume of air traffic will bring additional economic gains, while the international connections with the airports at the Greek islands will be facilitated.
Responding to relevant questions by reporters, he stressed that these regulations have absolutely nothing to do with military activity issues.
The emblem and the serial number of the 2004 Paralympic Games, as well as the city and the date, both in the Greek language and in Braille, are depicted on the one side of the medal. The Acropolis is depicted on the other side.
The mascot of the Paralympics will be a hippocampus, a "sea horse", named Proteus, after a Greek mythology god of the sea.
The goal of the meeting is to promote cooperation between the Association of Greek Industries and Turkey's Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD).
The organizers of the meeting hope to improve bilateral economic relations through direct contacts of businessmen from the two countries.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
According to figures given to publicity in Luxembourg today by the European Statistics Agency, Eurostat, responsible for the cost-of-living index increase are mainly, the high food prices and the high monthly rents for apartments.
In spite all these, the inflation rise in the Euro-zone did not alarm analysts because it was not much higher than the 2% goal set by the European Central Bank for 2003.
According to the Eurostat figures, the biggest price increases in August were recorded in Ireland (3.9%), Greece (3.3%) and Spain (3.1%), while the smallest increases were recorded in Austria (0.9%), Germany (1.1%) and Finland (1.2%).
Regarding annual inflation for the "15", (Britain, Sweden and Denmark have not adopted the euro) it was at 2% in August compared to 1.9% in July.
The European Mobility Week focuses on the benefits that can come by using environmentally friendly transportation means, as well as on the policies for better air quality, less sound pollution and improved health for the people living in big cities.
The main theme of this year's events, that will take place with the participation of 500 cities across Europe, will be "accessibility" and specifically, the improved transportation of city people and quality living conditions. A special emphasis will be given on people with mobility difficulties backing, this way, the goals set on the occasion of the European Year of People with Disabilities.