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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 2003-09-30
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY Thessaloniki, September 30, 2003
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
[A] NATIONAL NEWS
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.
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.
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.
Of the stocks trading today, 205 recorded gains and 96 had losses, while the value of 82 stocks remained unchanged.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
The tremor was felt in the prefectures of Achaia and Ilia, Peloponnese in southern Greece. No damages were reported.
[B] INTERNATIONAL NEWS
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.