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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-07-09

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From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <ert.ntua.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] PUBLIC ORDER MINISTRY DRAFT BILL ON SPECIAL POLICE HQS
  • [02] CABINET SESSION TO ASSESS GOVERNMENT WORK
  • [03] PASOK party will convene today and tomorrow, in order to assess the
  • [04] GOVERNMENT WORRIED OVER FUEL PRICE INCREASES
  • [05] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS EMPLOYEES PROMISE LABOUR TRUCE FOR SUMMER
  • [06] GREEK STATE SERVICES ON ALERT DUE TO HEAT WAVE
  • [07] CYPRUS SATISFIED WITH EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS COURT RULING
  • [08] GENERAL EXAMS END

  • [01] PUBLIC ORDER MINISTRY DRAFT BILL ON SPECIAL POLICE HQS

    A public order ministry draft bill, which will be tabled in parliament on Monday, provides for the establishment of special police headquarters. Public order minister Mihalis Chrysohoidis has also announced the setting up of a communications office, where citizens will be able to dial 1890 and lodge complaints about the operation of the police, or give the police information. Furthermore, Mr Chrysohoidis has stated that the police will continue checks on the identity of foreigners. For his part, the Albanian foreign minister, who is expected to visit Athens today, has stated that he intends to ask the Greek police for a more humane attitude towards Albanian immigrants. New Democracy party deputy Prokopis Pavlopoulos has stated that his party will back the public order ministry draft bill, while the secretary general of the Greek communist party, Aleka Papariga, expressed her opposition to police operations aimed at checking on foreigners, saying that they encouraged racism.

    [02] CABINET SESSION TO ASSESS GOVERNMENT WORK

    During yesterday's cabinet session under the chairmanship of prime minister Kostas Simitis, an assessment of the government's work was made in the sectors of health, labour, education and agriculture. Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that results will be tangible by the end of the year. The central committee of the ruling

    [03] PASOK party will convene today and tomorrow, in order to assess the recent Euro-election results and examine the issue of the rallying of the movement's forces.

    [04] GOVERNMENT WORRIED OVER FUEL PRICE INCREASES

    Although inflation dropped to 2.1 percent in June, compared with 2.4 in May, the government is concerned about the de-escalation of the inflation rate, after the latest increases in fuel prices internationally. Development minister Evangelos Venizelos left open the possibility of enforcing a top limit on fuel prices, warning that any cases of unjustified increases will be referred to the unfair competition committee.

    [05] OLYMPIC AIRWAYS EMPLOYEES PROMISE LABOUR TRUCE FOR SUMMER

    Olympic Airways employees have promised an end to industrial action for the rest of the summer season. Transport minister Anastasios Mantelis has described as groundless the rumours about an alleged agreement between the government and the Athens international airport regarding the operation of the new airport in Spata without the participation of Olympic Airways.

    [06] GREEK STATE SERVICES ON ALERT DUE TO HEAT WAVE

    Greek state services are ready to deal with emergency cases due to the heat wave that has been prevailing since yesterday. The so-called Xenokratis plan has been put into effect. The meteorological service predicted that high temperatures, up to 39 degrees centigrade, will also prevail today.

    [07] CYPRUS SATISFIED WITH EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS COURT RULING

    Cyprus is satisfied at the fact that the European Court of Human Rights accepted to hear a recourse by the family of Greek Cypriot Solomos Solomou, who was killed by Turkish Cypriots in cold blood, during a demonstration in the buffer zone in August 1996. The father of the assassinated young man told Greek state radio yesterday that justice would be done only when Greek Cypriot refugees were allowed to return to their homes in the Turkish occupied part of northern Cyprus. In another development, the European Court of Human Rights found Turkey guilty of charges of violating freedom of speech. The case relates to the imprisonment of 13 intellectuals for pro-Kurdish propaganda. Journalists, lawyers, writers and educators had been jailed or fined on charges of separatist propaganda included in books or articles or for pro-Kurdish statements. According to the ruling, Ankara is obliged to pay compensation amounting to thousands of French francs to each one of the imprisoned people.

    [08] GENERAL EXAMS END

    General exams for entry into Greek higher educational institutions are ending. The exams in specialized subjects will begin on Saturday.
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