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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-09-28

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE
  • [02] URGENT MEETING ON IMMINENT EARTHQUAKE
  • [03] AGRICULTURE MINISTERS MEETING IN BRUSSELS
  • [04] NO MEETING BETWEEN SIMITIS, ECEVIT AND CLINTON
  • [05] PATRIARCH DIODOROS VISITS ATHENS
  • [06] POST-QUAKE DEVELOPMENTS IN GREECE
  • [07] INVESTIGATIONS ON THE RECENT AIR ACCIDENT OVER BUCHAREST
  • [08] NEW OA LINE ATHENS - SKOPJE
  • [09] THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BBC GREEK SERVICE

  • [01] DEVELOPMENTS IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGE

    On the Athens Stock Exchange, the general price index marked a sharp fall of 4% yesterday, closing at 5,283.42 points. The Bank of Greece yesterday decided to take measures to support the stock exchange and facilitate citizens who have bought shares without coverage. Specifically, the Bank of Greece has decided to increase the limit of loans from 5 million to 15 million drachmas so that citizens may buy shares and easy access to loans for stockbrocking agencies.

    In the meantime, officials believe that the situation in the Athens stock exchange will soon return to normal. Yesterday however, there was an upward trend in several stock exchanges in Europe. In the yearly conference of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, the Greek national economy minister Yiannos Papantoniou referred to the Greek economy's positive course in view of Greece's entry in the European Monetary Union.

    [02] URGENT MEETING ON IMMINENT EARTHQUAKE

    Following the recent rumours about an imminent earthquake, the chairman of the Committee of Seismic Danger Dimitris Papanikolaou has appeared reassuring over the issue. After an urgent meeting of the committee yesterday with the participation of the representative of the VAN Group Kostas Eftaxias, Mr Papanikolaou gave assurances that the post-quake activity was normal and that no new data by the VAN Group had reached the committee. Meanwhile, the environment minister Kostas Laliotis has called on scientists or researchers who have data on an imminent earthquake to submit them to the Committee of Seismic Danger, or release them.

    [03] AGRICULTURE MINISTERS MEETING IN BRUSSELS

    Agriculture minister Giorgos Anomeritis is participating in the hard negotiations currently taking place at the Agriculture ministers meeting in Brussels. The talks of the meeting aim at the adoption of a common stand on behalf of the 15 European member countries at the negotiations at the World Commerce organisation which will begin in Seattle, in the United States on November 30th.

    [04] NO MEETING BETWEEN SIMITIS, ECEVIT AND CLINTON

    The Greek government spokesman Dimitris Reppas has stated that a meeting between the Greek prime minister Kostas Simitis, his Turkish counterpart Bulent Ecevit and the American president Bill Clinton is not scheduled to take place at the meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

    [05] PATRIARCH DIODOROS VISITS ATHENS

    Patriarch Diodoros of Jerusalem will pay an official visit to Athens from September 30th to October 3rd. During his visit to Athens, which is taking place at the government's invitation, Patriarch Diodoros will meet with the political leadership of the country, Archbishop Hristodoulos of Athens and all Greece and members of the Holy Synod.

    [06] POST-QUAKE DEVELOPMENTS IN GREECE

    During his visit to the municipalities of Kamatero and Agii Anargyri yesterday noon, the prime minister Costas Simitis reiterated that the procedure for housing the homeless in prefabricated houses would be speedy and urged for assistance to the government's efforts towards this end.

    Meanwhile, an extra relief allowance is being paid to earthquake stricken pensioners of the public sector. New Democracy party leader Kostas Karamanlis and the Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos visited the settlement of the Greek Moslems in the suburb of Gazi yesterday. Meanwhile, schools in Piraeus that had suffered damages by the recent earthquake opened yesterday, while it is believed that classes will start next week in schools under repair in Attica.

    [07] INVESTIGATIONS ON THE RECENT AIR ACCIDENT OVER BUCHAREST

    Three members of the Greek committee investigating the recent aviation tragedy of the prime minister's Falcon during which 7 people lost their lives, flew to Bucharest yesterday. In the meantime, the New Democracy party has tabled a proposal in parliament for the setting up of a parliamentary investigating committee to examine the circumstances under which the tragedy occurred.

    [08] NEW OA LINE ATHENS - SKOPJE

    Transport minister Tasos Mantelis will inaugurate this afternoon the Athens - Skopje new line of Olympic Airways. The flights will be taking place every Tuesday and Saturday starting on October 31st, three times a week with ATR-72 type aircraft.

    [09] THE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BBC GREEK SERVICE

    The Greek Service of the BBC, which began its first broadcasts in shortwave in 1939, is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a number of events and new programmes.
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