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Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English, 98-10-23
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
BRIEF GREEK NEWS BULLETIN BY THE MACEDONIAN PRESS AGENCY
Thessaloniki, October 23, 1998
 EU INFORMAL SUMMIT THIS WEEKEND TO DISCUSS EUROPE'S FUTURE
Portschach, October 23 (MPA)Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will depart for Austria today in order to attend this weekend's informal summit to be held in Portschach.
The leaders of the European Union's member states are to discuss the future of Europe, the EU's enlargement, the Economic and Monetary Union, the desired political fulfillment and the social continent.
Austria's chancellor Victor Klima, whose country presently holds the EU's rotating presidency expressed the hope that the Meeting will be successful and has stated before the European Parliament that "Europe has an obligation to undertake its global financial responsibilities and to contribute to the ongoing world crisis as well as to the restoration of the global economy to a point of stability."
 PREMIER TO MEET WITH ECUMENICAL PATRIARCH IN MT. ATHOS
Thessaloniki, October 23 (MPA)Prime Minister Kostas Simitis will travel to Mount Athos, the monastic community in northern Greece, on Monday where he will meet with Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, the spiritual leader of the world's 300 million Orthodox Christians.
His All Holiness is to embark on a two-day visit to the autonomous monastic community this weekend, in honor of the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of the Xenophon Monastery. He is also expected to meet with the President of the Hellenic Republic Kostis Stephanopoulos.
 ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS CONTINUES VISIT TO MT. ATHOS
Thessaloniki, October 23 (MPA)The Archbishop of Athens and All of Greece Christodoulos continues his visit to the monastic community of Mt. Athos.
Today, he will visit the monasteries of Dionysius, St. Paul, Xeropotamos and Simonopetra while tomorrow he will attend the festivities held at the monastery of Xenophon in commemoration of its 1,000-year anniversary.
The President of the Hellenic republic Kostis Stephanopoulos will be present at the festivities, along with the Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, the President of the Hellenic Parliament Apostolos Kaklamanis and a delegation of government officials.
Prime Minster Kostas Simitis will not attend tomorrow's events at Mt. Athos since he will in Austria for the EU informal summit.
 INNER CABINET CONVENES TODAY, MEETING CHAIRED BY PREMIER
Athens, October 23 (MPA)The inner cabinet is convening today in a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, in order to finalize the forthcoming fiscal year's budget. The governor of the Bank of Greece Lukas Papademos is to also participate in the discussion.
According to reports, the government will examine the reduction of the vehicle sales tax, as well as the value added tax imposed n the electricity and waters bills, as well as on medicines.
Meanwhile, according to a report issued by the Institute of Economic and Industrial Research, it is quite feasible Greece will gain accession to the Economic and Monetary Union.
 GREEK FOREIGN MINISTER MEETS WITH RUSSIAN COUNTERPART
Moscow, October 23 (MPA)Greece's Foreign Minister Theodoros Pangalos, currently on an official visit to Russia, met with Prime Minister Yevgeni Primakov and his counterpart Igor Ivanov in Moscow yesterday
The Russian Premier expressed his satisfaction over the bolstering of ties between the two countries, while he also stressed that economic relations are on a good path and "our policy is parallel and one could say that we share common points of view on a great number of issues."
 US ENVOY HILL: SERB FORCES HAVE NOT WITHDRAWN FROM KOSSOVO
Prishtina, October 23 (MPA)United States envoy to Kossovo Christopher Hill has stated that the Yugoslav authorities have not yet withdrawn troops in a sufficient number that would satisfy the United Nations.
According to political observers, Serb security force continue to be stationed in two regions of Kossovo where the state army was recently involved in conflict with the Albanian rebels.
 GREEK PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER RECEIVES ALBANIAN COUNTERPART
Athens, October 23 (MPA)Greek Public Order Minister George Romeos received his Albanian counterpart Petro Koci in Athens yesterday, with whom he discussed various issues concerning crime in both countries and ways to curb criminal activity.
Among the topics discussed by the two officials was the criminal activity some Albanian nationals engage in while in Greece.
Talks also focused on the efforts that need to be undertaken by Albania in order to improve the guarding of border crossings, thereby averting criminals from entering the country.
Mr. Koci, who was accompanied by a delegation from the Albanian public order ministry, was shown analytical figures that list criminal acts committed throughout the state of Greece by apprehended Albanians.
Moreover, both sides agreed to further improve border police cooperation between the two countries and to post liaison officers in the respective ministries.
 WEU MILITARY CHIEFS TO MEET IN ROME THIS WEEKEND
Rome. October 23 (MPA)The heads of the Western European Union's (WEU) national defense general staffs will convene in Rome this weekend to examine the restructuring of the organization's military staff and the creation of a special planning group to facilitate participation of WEU observer nations in operations and exercises.
Greece will be represented by National Defense General Staff chief Gen. Athanasios Tzoganis.
It will be the first session at which the chiefs of the WEU's national defense general staffs will convene as a military committee after its creation was ratified during the ministerial session in Rhodes. The three NATO candidate countries Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic will attend the session for the first time as associate WEU members.
 NICOSIA SUPPORTS ATHENS' OBJECTIONS TO EU FUNDING FOR ANKARA
Nicosia, October 23 (MPA)The Cypriot government believes Greece's objection to a proposal by the European Commission to offer community funds to Turkey is right and falls within the framework of European Union institutions.
"Greece has already outlined its initial response to yesterday's move. This is within the framework of EU institutions and we shall have to wait for the outcome in this issue," Cypriot government spokesman Christos Stylianides stated.
Acknowledging that Greece stood alone in its stance at the Commission meeting in Strasbourg, he said "it is clear that Greece is in the right in this effort."
He also pointed out that the Commission's decision to circumvent the Greek veto was not related to Cyprus' course of accession to the European Union.
 HELSINKI FEATURES MONTH-LONG GREEK CINEMA FESTIVAL
Helsinki, October 23 (MPA)Motion pictures of the Greek modern cinema will be featured in Finland for a month, during the Greek cinema festival to be held in Helsinki between October 27- November 28.
The event is being jointly organized by the Center of Greek Cinema, the Film Club of Finland, the Greek- Finnish Associations Union and the Greek Embassy.
Directors whose films will be featured at the festival are Theodoros Aggelopoulos, whose film "Eternity and a Day" earned the Palme d' Or award at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Andreas Thomopoulos, Pericles Hoursoglou, Panos Karkanevatos, Christos Voupouras and George Korras.
 ARCHBISHOP CHRISTODOULOS ON THE ROLE OF ORTHODOXY
Mt. Athos, October 23 (MPA)The time has arrived for Orthodoxy to serve as the compass for the world's return to a Christian life, stressed the Archbishop of Athens and all of Greece Archsbishop during his reply speech at the Monastery of Dionesus at Mt. Athos where he was greeted by the Reverend Father Petros.
Referring to Mt. Athos, his Eminence stated that this is the land where the Greek-Orthodox culture and tradition live and reign.
Moreover, he added that "we are here to accomplish great achievements in strength and support in order to press on with an effort, a struggle which we have undertaken and this struggle is to embed these ideals into the souls of the Greeks. And I am pleased to ascertain that our people accept these principles and want to lean on this strength which has for always constituted God's omnipotence through which our peoples and our nation not only survived, but lived and excelled."