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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-09-30

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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 30, 2003

SECTIONS

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

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] A NIGHT FULL OF BOMBS
  • [02] REACTIONS TO THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT
  • [03] AN INVITATION TO THE LEFT
  • [04] DEADLY ACCIDENT IN CORFU
  • [05] TRUCK DRIVERS TAKE OVER CUSTOMS
  • [06] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [07] CHARGES FILED AGAINST GREEK TYCOON SOCRATES KOKKALIS
  • [08] KARAMANLIS VISITED THE HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT DEPUTY GIORGOS VOULGARAKIS
  • [09] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE BOMB ATTACKS
  • [10] THE NEW STATE BUDGET WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY
  • [11] REPPAS: SOCIAL SPENDING AT 22.1% IN 2003
  • [12] GREEK PARLIAMENTARIANS POSTPONED THEIR TRIP TO RAMALLAH
  • [13] EARTHQUAKE SHAKES SOUTHERN GREECE
  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] THE GREEK CULTURE MINISTER ADDRESSED UNESCO NEWS IN DETAILS

    [A] NATIONAL NEWS

  • [01] A NIGHT FULL OF BOMBS Five explosions of bombs made from cooking gas canisters took place during the night. Three of them took place after 2am within one minute of each other. No organization has claimed responsibility for the actions but cooperation among the culprits is cer tain. Among the targets were the cars of ND MP Giorgos Voulgarakis, Professor Giorgos Veltsos and journalist Anna Panagiotarea, outside whose house in Plaka the bomb went off shortly after 8pm, while one of the three gas canisters did not go off.
  • [02] REACTIONS TO THE RE-ESTABLISHMENT A decrease in the Ministries, a merger of services and an eradication of bureaucracy are included in ND's program for Public Administrations, the main goal of which is the "re-establishment of the state", presented yesterday by the President of the Party

    Costas Karamanlis and Head of Political Planning G. Souflias. It is the re-establishment of a state of the Right, answered Minister of the Interior Costas Skandalidis. V. Polydoras refuted that there is discomfort on the side of the Mayor of Athens.

  • [03] AN INVITATION TO THE LEFT An open invitation to all the powers of the Center-Left, so that an alternative proposal of progressive government can be formed was addressed by Secretary of PASOK's Central Committee M. Chrysochoidis, in his speech "The Center-Left and Progressive Gove rnment". The Center-Left must form a productive agenda, that will make the market its friend not its enemy, to consolidate participial democracy, strengthen employment , rethink ideological taboos and locate new majorities and social alliances, said Mr. C hrysochoidis.
  • [04] DEADLY ACCIDENT IN CORFU A deadly car accident took place shortly after midnight last night, on the country road of Karousades Rodes, in Corfu. Five people were killed, two Greeks and a British couple with their little girl, while another four people were seriously injured.

    The bodies of Nectarios Anthis, Anastasia Pilou, Neil Jason, Haughton Jason, and Egan Jason were pulled from the wreck.

    Theofilos Armenis, Andreas Pilos and Maria Pilou were taken to the Corfu hospital seriously injured. The 5-year-old boy of the Jason family was expediently taken to Athens.

  • [05] TRUCK DRIVERS TAKE OVER CUSTOMS A symbolic sit in at the Kipi customs in Evros, was carried out today by truck drivers, in response to the continuing strike of the public veterinarians and agriculturalists that is in its third week.

    Imports and exports of goods that can spoil have frozen due to the strike, and thus hundreds of trucks are parked at customs as the products cannot be checked.

    The drivers, tired from the days of waiting, moved to a symbolic sit in, to show their need for a solution to be found quickly. They are asking for an agriculturalist to check their products so the can move along.

  • [06] GAINS IN THE ASE Small gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.86% at 2.019,76 points, while the volume of transactions was satisfactory at 110.5 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, 205 recorded gains and 96 had losses, while the value of 82 stocks remained unchanged.

  • [07] CHARGES FILED AGAINST GREEK TYCOON SOCRATES KOKKALIS Greek tycoon Socrates Kokkalis has been indicted for fraud, forgery and money laundering by an Athens prosecutor.

    A preliminary hearing was also held on the occasion of a lawsuit filed against the Intracom Chairman by the Russian National Institute of Sports.

    According to the Russians, a company that belongs to Mr. Kokkalis received a total of 15 million dollars as a deposit for the operation of the lotto game in Russia. However, the company did not proceed with the installation of the network in the country.

  • [08] KARAMANLIS VISITED THE HOUSE OF PARLIAMENT DEPUTY GIORGOS VOULGARAKIS Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy President Kostas Karamanlis visited the house of his Parliament Deputy Giorgos Voulgarakis in the region of Likavitos in Athens to be briefed by Mrs. Voulgarakis on the attack with explosive devices launc hed against their house at dawn today.

    Mr. Voulgarakis is in Strasbourg and in the house during the attack was his wife Katerina with their four small children. Mrs. Voulgarakis told Mr. Karamanlis about the horrible experience she and her children had and their rescue by the firefighters.

  • [09] THE GOV'T SPOKESMAN ON THE BOMB ATTACKS The government unequivocally condemns yesterday's bomb attacks, stressed government spokesman Christos Protopapas and pointed out that the responsible authorities are doing their job and proceed with the necessary actions.

    On the information that the number of police officers assigned with the protection of public figures will be cut down, the government spokesman stated that the government's priority is the safety of the citizens without putting aside the issue of the saf ety of public figures.

    He said that there is no such issue as the abolition of special police protection and requested that the government be left alone to find the golden mean, stressing that the government's top priority is the safety of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

    Responding to a relevant question, Mr. Protopapas stated that the Greek Police is reexamining the system adopted for the protection of public figures and will present its proposals to the government.

  • [10] THE NEW STATE BUDGET WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY The economy can withstand wage increases of 5.4% for public servants, 9.8% for teachers and 7.2% for university professors, according to the "package" of increases provided by the new state budget that was announced today by Minister of Finance Nikos Chr istodoulakis.

    The wage increases will be in effect starting on January 1, 2004 and according to the Minister of Finance, they close a circle of consultations on the revenue policy to be followed next year.

    Mr. Christodoulakis also pointed out that based on the new state budget the growth rate in Greece will be at 4.2%.

    The Finance Minister announced that in the next few days a decision is going to be reached by the government concerning the privatization of 35% of the State Gas Company, DEPA, taking under consideration the offer made by the Spanish company Gas Natural.

    Also, the privatization of the State Electricity Company, DEH, will move ahead, while the Greek Tourist Real Estate Ltd, ETA, privatization will materialize in November.

    In addition, he assured that 97% of the resources provided by the 3rd Community Framework of Support is going to be absorbed.

  • [11] REPPAS: SOCIAL SPENDING AT 22.1% IN 2003 The steady increase in social spending during the past 8 years, as a result of the improvement in the state finances and the high growth rate, allowed Greece to reach the average social spending of the rest European Union countries, underlined Labor Mini ster Dimitris Reppas in the presentation of the 2003 social budget that took place today before the Social Protection Committee.

    Social spending reached 22.10% of the GDP in 2003 compared to 13.98% of the GDP in 1980 and 18.49% of the GDP in 1993, stated Mr. Reppas.

    According to the European Union and the figures provided by the European Statistics Agency, EUROSTAT, social spending in Greece reached 27.7% of the GDP in 2002, compared to 22.9% in 1996, reaching the EU average which is at 27.5%.

  • [12] GREEK PARLIAMENTARIANS POSTPONED THEIR TRIP TO RAMALLAH A five-member Greek Parliament committee postponed its trip to Israel because of the health problems faced by Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.

    The Palestinians asked the Greek delegation to postpone its trip because Arafat's condition is not good. As it was stated formally, Mr. Arafat suffers from exhaustion.

    The consultations were going to focus on the "road map" for peace in the region and the intentions of the two sides.

  • [13] EARTHQUAKE SHAKES SOUTHERN GREECE A weak tremor measuring 4.8 on the Richter scale was recorded at 7.46pm today and its epicenter was located 110 kilometers southwest of Athens.

    The tremor was felt in the prefectures of Achaia and Ilia, Peloponnese in southern Greece. No damages were reported.

  • [B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  • [14] THE GREEK CULTURE MINISTER ADDRESSED UNESCO Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos presented Greece's foreign cultural policy positions addressing UNESCO's 32nd Session of the General Conference in Paris.

    Mr. Venizelos backed the signing of an international treaty for the protection of intangible cultural heritage, raised the issue of the protection of war zone monuments, while he announced an initiative by the Cultural Olympiad and UNESCO for the protect ion, restoration and promotion of characteristic monuments at high risk regions around the world.

    He also referred to the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece and presented Greece's proposal to the British government and the British Museum.

    On sports, he called for the promotion of UNESCO's international anti-doping treaty.


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