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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 99-11-26

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CONTENTS

  • [01] QUESTION OF EARLY PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS STILL OPEN
  • [02] GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW ECONOMIC MEASURES
  • [03] NO FOREGONE CONCLUSION ON TURKEY'S EU CANDIDACY
  • [04] PRAISE FOR MERCHANT MARINE
  • [05] GREEK CHURCH AIDS EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN TURKEY
  • [06] NEW AIRPORT ALMOST READY
  • [07] PROSECUTIONS OVER BRIDGE COLLAPSE
  • [08] MORE WEIGHTLIFTING SUCCESSES FOR GREECE

  • [01] QUESTION OF EARLY PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS STILL OPEN

    Speaking at a session of PASOK's executive bureau which met yesterday to discuss current political developments, the prime minister, Kostas Simitis, left open the possibility of an early election in March.

    [02] GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES NEW ECONOMIC MEASURES

    The government has announced measures to deal with inflationary trends following the steep rise in oil prices. The prime minister told a cabinet meeting yesterday that economic developments were positive and underlined that the rise in world oil prices was not expected to have an impact on Greece's course toward European economic and monetary Union. The national economy minister, Iannos Papantoniou, announced a 7.5% cut in domestic electricity rates and a 50% reduction in the tax on diesel used in electric power production, effective from December. The two measures are expected to lower inflation by 0.15%. The national economy minister and the development minister, Evangelos Venizelos, both appealed for price restraints and, wherever possible, price cuts. The interior minister, Vaso Papandreou, also called on local authorities not to increase municipal rates more than the rate of inflation. The cabinet also agreed yesterday on a package of measures to help small- and medium-sized businesses. These include tax incentives, subsidies and a reduction in insurance contributions.

    [03] NO FOREGONE CONCLUSION ON TURKEY'S EU CANDIDACY

    The foreign minister, Giorgos Papandreou, said on arrival in Cyprus yesterday that his visit was taking place in view of the opening of the intercommunal talks in New York on 3rd December and the EU summit in Helsinki. He said it was not a foregone conclusion that Greece would agree at the summit to Turkey's candidacy for EU membership. Speaking from Brussels yesterday, the Turkish foreign minister, Ismail Cem, said he was not very optimistic about the outcome of the Helsinki summit.

    [04] PRAISE FOR MERCHANT MARINE

    Greece's national defence minister, Akis Tsohatzopoulos, has underlined the role of the Greek merchant marine in the country's economy and its defence. Speaking at the Piraeus Yacht Club yesterday, he said shipowners were the first to adjust to a globalized economy, while the rest of the population realised much later that we were all members of a world community that demanded a new kind of behaviour and fresh ideas.

    [05] GREEK CHURCH AIDS EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS IN TURKEY

    The Greek Church is sending 150 tents to the earthquake-stricken people of Turkey. The tents will be delivered to the Ecumenical Patriarchate this weekend for distribution to those in need.

    [06] NEW AIRPORT ALMOST READY

    Athens' new airport currently under construction at Spata will be ready to go into operation in March, 2001. The airport's president, Haris Stamatopoulos, told the first congress on informatics and telecommunications yesterday that construction work was now in its final stages and emphasis was being placed on ensuring its smooth operational ability.

    [07] PROSECUTIONS OVER BRIDGE COLLAPSE

    Four people face charges of manslaughter and bodily harm due to negligence and of violating building regulations following the collapse earlier this week of a bridge under construction at Markopoulo, in Attica, in which two people died.

    [08] MORE WEIGHTLIFTING SUCCESSES FOR GREECE

    Greek athlete Viktor Mitrou won two silver medals yesterday at the World Weightlifting Championships taking place at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Athens.
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