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Macedonian Press Agency: News In Brief (96-11-01)
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, November 1, 1996
NEWS IN DETAIL
 DEVELOPMENT MINISTER EXPRESSES CONTAINED OPTIMISM FOR GREECE'S TOURISM
Thessaloniki, November 1 (M.P.A.)Development Minister Vasso Papandreou expressed her contained optimism for the future of Greece's tourism.
Ms. Papandreou, inaugurating the formal opening of the Thessaloniki-held 12th International Tourism Exhibit "Philoxenia" last evening, stated that despite the negative forecasts expressed in the spring for last summer's tourism season, the actual drop in tourism activity was maintained at a rate below ten per cent, while the exchange inflow presented a slight increase.
Regarding the upcoming tourism season, Ms. Papandreou stated that she is "guardedly optimistic", forecasting that any change in tourism activity will be quite slight.
Nevertheless, the Minister stated that the target ought not to be the quantitative increase of tourism, but rather qualitative improvement.
 GREEK COMMISSIONER WILL PRESENT ENERGY PROPOSALS TO ALBANIA- FYROM
Skopje, November 1 (M.P.A.)The European Commissioner holding the portfolios of tourism, energy and small-to-medium enterprises Christos Papoutsis is eagerly awaited to arrive in Skopje tomorrow, the second part of his tour of Albania and FYROM, where he will table proposals on these countries' cooperation with the European Union in the energy sector.
The press in FYROM has given emphasis to the Greek Commissioner's visit, focusing on Mr. Papoutsis' proposals to link FYROM with the regional energy center of the Black Sea countries, as well as his suggestion to construct a Skopje-Thessaloniki oil pipeline in order to transport fuel directly from the port of Thessaloniki to the refineries of Skopje.
While in Skopje, Mr. Papoutsis will meet with FYROM President Kiro Gligorov, Premier Branco Cervenkovski and FYROM's Ministers of Economics and Foreign Affairs. Mr. Papoutsis' visit to FYROM marks the second time an EU Commissioner visits the country, following Mr. Hans Van den Broek's visit in the summer of 1995.
In Tirana today, the Greek Commissioner is scheduled to meet with Albanian President Sali Berisha, Prime Minister Alexander Mecsi and high-ranking officials of the Albanian government with whom he will discuss Albania's cooperation with the EU in the energy sector.
While in Tirana, Mr. Papoutsis will inaugurate the city's energy center which has been funded by the European Commission.
 GREEK CONSTRUCTORS-BUILDERS TO LOOK INTO BUSINESS VENTURES IN FYROM
Skopje, November 1 (M.P.A.)A delegation of Greek businessmen in the construction and building sector will visit FYROM on November 3-4 in order to examine the opportunities for collaboration with comparable companies in Skopje.
The delegation, which will be headed by the Foreign Ministry's director of the Greece-FYROM Economic Cooperation Department Dimitris Platis, will meet with FYROM's Premier Branco Cervenkovski and FYROM's Minister's of City Planning, Reconstruction and Transport, Georgi Shudovski and Dimitar Buzlevski, respectively.
The 13-member Greek delegation and the officials from FYROM will also examine the potential of joint ventures between Greece- FYROM in third countries.
 SAE PRESIDENT IN CYPRUS, TO MEET WITH PRESIDENT GLAFKOS CLERIDES
Nicosia, November 1 (M.P.A.)The President of the Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) Andrew Athens is in Cyprus today where he wil meet with Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides and will discuss the initiatives taken by the Greek-American communities in the efforts to resolve the Cyprus problem.
Mr. Athens expressed his conviction that President Clinton, following his re-election, will work for this matter in such a way that he will "remain in history", as the SAE President stated characteristically.
 CYPRUS: NATIONAL COUNCIL TO CONVENE TODAY
Nicosia, November 1 (M.P.A.)The National Council, will convene today in Cyprus in order to examine the progress made on the Cypriot issue under the prism of the British government's proposals and ideas.
The British interest, as it was displayed during the recent visit to Nicosia by Sir David Hannay, Britain's special emissary for Cyprus, is expected to become more specific during the British Foreign Minister Malcolm Rifkind's visit to Cyprus in December.
Sir David Hannay has already briefed the remaining permanent members of the Security Council on the British ideas while Russia has informed Cypriot President Glafkos Clerides of its positions.
During today's session, President Clerides is expected to brief the Cypriot political parties on the UNFICYP's proposals for disengagement and on the process of the military dialogue.
 PRESIDENT OF CYPRIOT PARLIAMENT TO ARRIVE IN ATHENS ON SUNDAY
Nicosia, November 1 (M.P.A.)The Speaker of the Cypriot House of Representatives Spyros Kyprianou will be on a formal visit to Athens between November 3- 6, following an invitation issued by the President of the Greek Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis.
Mr. Kyprianou will be received by the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos and Prime Minister Kostas Simitis.
Mr. Kyprianou and Mr. Kaklamanis wil discuss matters of establishing coordination between the two parliaments.
The Cypriot official will also meet with Greek Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos and leaders from various political parties.
Mr. Kyprianou will be accompanied by the director of Cyprus's International Relations Services Yiannakis Georgiadis.
 AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY LEADER AIMS TO OPEN CONSULATE IN THESSALONIKI
Melbourne, November 1 (M.P.A.)The leader of South Australia's Labor Party Mike Ryan has embarked on a country-wide campaign to establish an Australian consulate in Thessaloniki.
Mr. Ryan has stated that Thessaloniki is developing into an economic and commerce center in the Balkans and the Black Sea region and therefore the founding of such consulate is necessary.
The relevant draft memorandum, drawn by Mr. Ryan and Labor Party nominee Tom Koustantonis, is being circulated for signatures of support and afterwards will be submitted to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer for approval.
 AUSTRALIAN PM JOHN HOWARD HAILS GREEK-AUSTRALIAN BUSINESSMEN
Melbourne, November 1 (M.P.A.)Australian Prime Minister John Howard highly acknowledged his country's Greek immigrants by stating that one cannot talk of Australia's economic development or business activities without thinking of the Greek and Italian immigrants who played a central role in this area.
In a speech given in Brisbane, Mr. Howard saluted all of his country's immigrants and reminded that Australia is a nation founded by immigrants who, together and independently of nationality, contributed greatly to the development of Australia.
In the recent weeks, following the inflammatory comments made by an Australian deputy who is opposed to the Australian society's multi-ethnic make-up, as well as the influx of Asian immigrants and cultural aproach with the Aborigines, an anti-racist climate has been noted in Australia, driving the government and opposition to embark on "fight racism" campaigns.
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