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Athens News Agency: News in English, 04-01-21

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From: The Athens News Agency at <>


  • [01] ND leader addresses party's women members
  • [02] Weather Forecast: Rain, storms on Thursday
  • [03] Foreign Exchange Rates: Wednesday

  • [01] ND leader addresses party's women members

    21/01/2004 21:42:31

    Main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis addressed women members of his party at a hotel in the Athens district of Neos Kosmos on Wednesday night, promising that ''equality will become practice and will not remain only on paper''.

    Karamanlis outlined the main aspects of policy he will be applying, primarily for women. A policy providing greater possibilities for women, more options and equal opportunities.

    The ND leader announced that a family having three children will be considered a large family and promised the enactment of an independent equality authority for the implementation of laws and the creation of a family charter for the financial and legal framework for family support.

    Karamanlis said the Greek woman is experiencing the pressing problems of life, the high cost of living and unemployment as she is watching a dwindling family budget.

    He further said remuneration for women's labour is 26 percent lower than that for men, adding that equality remains on paper since the Greek woman sees that there is no professional development in labour, her participation in Greek decision-making centres is very limited, professional advancement to higher levels is difficult and the welfare state is not functioning.

    Karamanlis also said that behind figures there are families in despair that are seeking dignity, while thousands of young people are experiencing unemployment which has taken on explosive dimensions.

    [02] Weather Forecast: Rain, storms on Thursday

    21/01/2004 19:24:26

    Rain and storms are forecast in most parts of the country. Snow will fall in the east and south, including in low-lying areas. Winds southwesterly, very strong to gale force. It will be colder from late afternoon. Temperatures in Athens 5C to 7C and in Thessaloniki 1C to 2C. It may snow in Athens.

    [03] Foreign Exchange Rates: Wednesday

    21/01/2004 18:41:34

    Reference buying rates per euro released by the European Central Bank

    U.S. dollar 1.270

    Pound sterling 0.695

    Danish kroner 7.506

    Swedish kroner 9.237

    Japanese yen 135.9

    Swiss franc 1.581

    Norwegian kroner 8.709

    Cyprus pound 0.591

    Canadian dollar 1.644

    Australian dollar 1.645

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