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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-11-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] 2008 State budget to be tabled in parliament on November 20
  • [02] Greece donates hospital equipment to FYROM
  • [03] Preliminary investigation into Zoniana incident

  • [01] 2008 State budget to be tabled in parliament on November 20

    The Inner Cabinet is meeting on Tuesday at the Maximos Mansion, the government headquarters, on rural development and foods ministry issues. Earlier, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis conferred with National Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis and National Defence Minister Evangelos Meimarakis. The 2008 state budget will be tabled in parliament on November 20, focusing on fiscal reform and development, according to Alogoskoufis. He reiterated that the course of the economy is in accordance with the government programme on development and employment. In the meantime, the parliamentary debate on reform of the social insurance system is continuing.

    [02] Greece donates hospital equipment to FYROM

    SKOPJE (ANA-MPA/N. Frangopoulos) - Greece has donated hospital equipment to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) composed of four machines and an equal number of fully equipped ambulances to help meet health needs in the cities of Skopje, Tetovo and Bitola.

    The amount of the donation reaches 300,000 euros and is part of the National Plan for Economic Reconstruction of the Balkans (NPERB).

    FYROM Health Minister Imer Selmani thanked the Greek government for the donation during a relevant ceremony held in Skopje on Monday.

    "This act by the government of Greece proves that health knows no borders and that the modernisation of the health systems of the countries in the region secures quality health services for the population," Selmani said.

    The head of Greece's Liaison Office in FYROM, Alexandra Papadopoulou, said that the donation constitutes another contribution by Greece towards handling the needs of FYROM, particularly in such a sensitive sector as is citizens' health.

    [03] Preliminary investigation into Zoniana incident

    Supreme Court Prosecutor George Sanidas has ordered a preliminary investigation aimed at bringing to justice those responsible for the incident at Zoniana, Rethymno prefecture on the island of Crete, during which three police officers were injured, one of them critically. A major police operation is currently in progress. Three police officers participating in a drug raid were injured when they were fired upon by assault rifle-wielding gunmen on Monday outside the remote village of Zoniana, in Rethymno prefecture on the island of Crete. The gunmen opened fire against a convoy of some 12 police jeeps dispatched to the region with the purpose of conducting a search to locate a major hashish stash. One of the officers, a 25-year-old, suffered a serious neck wound and was rushed to the Irakleio Hospital, while the other two were slightly injured in the shoulder and face. According to press reports, 75 police commandos were being flown to Crete aboard a military transport plane to join police units in the region. The arrest of a 24-year-old Zoniana man last Friday in the city of Rethymno on drug trafficking charges apparently set in motion Monday's police operation to search the man's village home. Previous attacks on police units in the very same region have been reported in the past.

    Caption: Supreme Court prosecutor George Sanidas (ANA-MPA/M. Marogianni).


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