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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 03-12-02

Macedonian Press Agency: Brief News in English Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


CONTENTS

  • [01] DEGREES IN CONFRONTATION
  • [02] THE RUBICONS OF MODERNS GREECE
  • [03] GREEK YES TO PARIS-LONDON-BERLIN
  • [04] NO FLIGHTS FOR THE PASSENGERS
  • [05] THE "OLYMPIC AIRWAYS" EMPLOYEES CONTINUE THEIR STRIKE
  • [06] GAINS IN THE ASE
  • [07] NEW BREAKTHROUGHS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MASS MEDIA IN THE MPA
  • [08] KARAMANLIS MET WITH THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY SECRETARY
  • [09] KARAMANLIS - HE YONG MEETING
  • [10] CONFRONTATIONS ON DIPLOMAS AND DEGREES
  • [11] GREEK-TURKISH AGREEMENT ON THE PREVENTION OF DOUBLE TAXATION

  • [01] DEGREES IN CONFRONTATION

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (12:14 UTC+2)

    A major political confrontation has been caused by the adoption of a provision by the European Parliament's legal committee, recognizing degrees and diplomas provided by recognized universities outside Greece, in cooperation with educational institutions within Greece. Minister of Education P. Efthymiou did not rule out an appeal to the European Court, while Mr. Chatzidakis, EuroMP for ND who made the proposal, pointed out that it is not an ideological issue, but a case which if not dealt with, may cause Greece problems, even at the degree of the European Court.

    [02] THE RUBICONS OF MODERNS GREECE

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (12:20 UTC+2)

    Greece is changing and moving forward, underlined President of the European Commission Romano Prodi, while speaking at the inauguration events of the Athens Music Hall international conference center, the topic of which was The Future of Europe. Mr. Prodi also stressed that modern Greece is at the core of all developments and is not afraid to fight for its ideals and ideas. Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt stressed that the path to the United States of Europe passes over many a Rubicon.

    [03] GREEK YES TO PARIS-LONDON-BERLIN

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (12:14 UTC+2)

    Athens is in favor of the agreement achieved in France, England and Germany for the development of European defense, according to the statements of Minister of National Defense Giannos Papantoniou, following the end of the NATO Defense Minister Meeting in Brussels. In any case, for us Europeans this is a one-way street, said Mr. Papantoniou who stressed that autonomous potential of military action is not competitive, but complementary to NATO.

    [04] NO FLIGHTS FOR THE PASSENGERS

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (12:14 UTC+2)

    Problems in Olympic Airways flights are continuing today due to the continuation of the flight attendant and stewards' strike until Friday, while they are protesting the change in company's status. The administration of OA on its side, announced that it will sue 61 of the strikers and place 50 of them off the payroll. Buyers will not be found for Olympic Airways, stated ND.

    [05] THE "OLYMPIC AIRWAYS" EMPLOYEES CONTINUE THEIR STRIKE

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (18:50 UTC+2)

    The Olympic Airways management announced that all 96 scheduled flights from Athens' Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport are going to be held tomorrow, in spite of the decision reached by the company air hostesses and flight attendants, who have announced a new 48hour strike.

    The Olympic Airways management decision to file lawsuits against the airline employees, who continued to be on strike in spite of the fact that it was declared illegal, caused the reaction of their union, which announced a new mobilization of its members until Friday.

    [06] GAINS IN THE ASE

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (16:39 UTC+2)

    Gains were recorded in the Athens Stock Exchange today. The general index rose to +0.77% at 2.180,61 points, while the volume of transactions was at 160 million euros.

    Of the stocks trading today, 98 had losses and 195 recorded gains, while the value of 90 stocks remained unchanged.

    [07] NEW BREAKTHROUGHS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MASS MEDIA IN THE MPA CONFERENCE

    Thessaloniki, 2 December 2003 (16:31 UTC+2)

    The overall developments in the area of new technologies and the Internet and how they can affect the mass media will be presented by Boston's MIT Media Lab Computer Science Director Michalis Bletsas in the 8th Inter-Balkan Journalist Conference on The Balkan Mass Media in the Digital Era organized by MPA to take place in Thessaloniki on December 5-6. In the conference will participate directors, editors-in-chief and senior officials representing over 60 mass media from every Balkan state.

    For the record, the electronic paper invented by the Media Lab will soon be on the market, while a clockwork-driven mobile phone battery charger, invented based on a research conducted by Media Lab, is already out on the market.

    Presentations on the exploitation of new technologies by the printed and electronic mass media will be made in the conference by leading newspaper, radio and television stations' executives, news agencies and new media on the Internet from Turkey, Albania, Bulgaria, Romania, FYROM, Slovenia, Moldavia, and Serbia-Montenegro. Also, representatives of institutes from Kosovo, FYROM, Albania and Thessaloniki's Aristotle University will refer to the role of the mass media in the consolidation of a climate of peace and security and the efforts to combat terrorism.

    [08] KARAMANLIS MET WITH THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY SECRETARY

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (16:00 UTC+2)

    Right-wing main opposition party of New Democracy leader Kostas Karamanlis met with the Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party He Yong.

    In the meeting they confirmed the excellent relations between Greece and China, while they also stressed that Beijing will host the 2008 Olympic Games after the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. In addition, they discussed the need for greater cooperation between the two countries and the potential for further promotion of bilateral relations.

    [09] KARAMANLIS - HE YONG MEETING

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (14:03 UTC+2)

    President of New Democracy Costas Karamanlis met with the Secretary General of the Chinese Communist Party today.

    During the meeting, the excellent relations between Greece and China were reconfirmed, while the especially historic junctures of the Olympics being held in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008 were stressed. They also discussed the need for greater economic cooperation between the two countries and the possibility of further promoting bilateral relations.

    [10] CONFRONTATIONS ON DIPLOMAS AND DEGREES

    Athens, 2 December 2003 (12:34 UTC+2)

    The approval of the provision recognizing degrees given by recognized universities outside Greece cooperating with private educational bodies within Greece, by the European Parliament's Legal Committee, has turned into a political battlefield.

    The provision in question was submitted by New Democracy EuroMP Costis Chatzidakis, and if it is approved by the Plenary Session of the European Parliament to be held on December 17, it would mean that the degrees and diplomas offered by private education institutions in Greece, working with foreign universities through franchising, would be recognized as equal to degrees and diplomas received in recognized universities abroad.

    The provision caused the intense reaction of the government, in the person of the Government Spokesperson, who accused New Democracy of conscious actions, while talking of double tactics and a hidden agenda.

    Minister of Education Petros Efthymiou expressed his intentions of if it is deemed necessary appealing to the European Court, so that state university degrees are not devalued in Greece.

    After the criticism of the government, New Democracy carried out a meeting in its head offices on Rigillis Street, during which the party's position was thoroughly specified.

    In an announcement, Mr. Roussopoulos accused the PASOK government of chronic political irresponsibility and of essentially doing away with free public higher education.

    Mr. Roussopoulos mentioned that Mr. Chatzidakis' provision does not violate the law of free public higher education, and in no case would it lead to the recognition of degrees and diplomas provided by educational institutions in Greece as the Government Spokesperson claims in this piece of clumsy government propaganda.

    According to information, there was intervention on the issue by ND's political planning secretary and former Minister of Education Giorgos Souflias from KAT hospital where he is recuperating after a car accident last Saturday. Mr. Souflias proposed New Democracy not accept the recognition of private education institutions.

    On its side, in an announcement it made yesterday, the KKE made mention of a provocative intervention by New Democracy on the recognition of degrees provided by phony universities in Greece, which, as it added is in full agreement with the EU's policy in the flagrant introduction of higher education into the category of merchandise.

    [11] GREEK-TURKISH AGREEMENT ON THE PREVENTION OF DOUBLE TAXATION

    Ankara, 2 December 2003 (17:06 UTC+2)

    An agreement providing for the prevention of double taxation between Greece and Turkey was signed in Ankara by Greek Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis and Turkish Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan.

    According to the Turkish news agency Anadolu, Mr.Unakitan expressed the belief that the economic and commercial relations between two countries will be further improved with that agreement, adding that the Turkish and Greek entrepreneurs will further improve bilateral relations.

    Mr. Christodoulakis stressed that a lot of time was spent and many efforts were made for the agreement to be reached, calling it a delayed agreement. He made a special reference to the growth rate of the Greek economy underlining that it is the highest in the European Union, while regarding Turkey he said that its economy follows an upward course.

    Referring to the agreement, he said that the goal is to offer new prospects to the development of bilateral relations between Greece and Turkey.


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