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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 01-05-31

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CONTENTS

  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Labour Ministry to set up scientific team to study social securty
  • [03] The association of Greek Industries called for the speeding up of the
  • [04] The inner cabinet meets today
  • [05] Allocation of 1 trillion dr. in education for the period 2001-2006
  • [06] Athens stock market upgraded today
  • [07] Oil prices down
  • [08] New confrontation between the ND party and Public Works Minister
  • [09] PIRI REIS
  • [10] DNA test extended to other crimes beyond terrorist acts
  • [11] Greece frmly supports Bulgaria's admissio to NATO
  • [12] University doctors in the ESY not allowed to exercise free-lance
  • [13] Olympic Airways privatisation extended till June 18th

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH ERA-5. THE VOICE OF GREECE

    31/5/2001 2:06:00 μμ

    [01] Weather forecast

    Sunshine is forecast throughout the country today, possibly turning to storms from evening on high ground in Macedonia and Trace. Winds northerly, light to moderate changing to westerlies later in the day.

    In Attica temperatures will range from 19-36 degrees Celcius in Thessaloniki from 17-33 degrees Celcius and on the Aegean islands from 19-36 degrees Celcius.

    [02] Labour Ministry to set up scientific team to study social securty system

    Following the General Confederation of Greek Workers refusal on the setting up of a joint committee of experts, Labour Minister Tasos Yiannitsis plans to set up a scientific team to which scientists of the GSEE Labour Istitute and other sectors will be invited to express their views.

    The GSEE has assesed that conditions are ot ripe for the beginning of a substantial dialogue while its Presidium meets today to evaluate the results of yesterday's meeting between the Labour Minister and the Presidet of the GSEE Hristos Polizogopoulos. Mr Yiannitsis will also meet today with the Presidium of the Civil Servants Union.

    [03] The association of Greek Industries called for the speeding up of the pace of development

    Addressing the annual assembly of the Assocation of Greek Industries, Prime-minister Kostas Simitis said he would maintain the goverment's policy of ensuring economic and social stability, channeling the benefits of growth throughout society. Greek industries' representatives criticised the govermet's economic selections and called for the speeding up of the pace of development. The President of the ND Party, Kostas Karamalis underlined the need for a policy to reinforce competiveness.

    [04] The inner cabinet meets today

    The inner cabinet meets today to discuss issues related to European policy and Greece's Presidency of the EU.

    [05] Allocation of 1 trillion dr. in education for the period 2001-2006

    Following a meeting with senior officials of the Education Ministry, Prime-minister Kostas Simitis stated that the goverment plans to allocate 1 trillion dr. in the sector of education during the period 2001-2006. 120 billion dr. will be allocated for the introduction of computers to all levels of education.

    [06] Athens stock market upgraded today

    Today, the Athens stock market enters into the developed markets. The upgrading is expected to benefit high capitalisation shares.

    [07] Oil prices down

    As from last night, unleaded oil went down by 4,4 dr. per litter, super by 4,3 per litter while diezel oil went up by 2 dr per litter.

    [08] New confrontation between the ND party and Public Works Minister

    During yesterday's session of the parliament's Economic Committee, the ND party accused the Enviroment and Public Works Minister Kostas Laliotis of delays and overuns in contracts related to the major projects. In repply, Mr Laliotis accused the ND party of misinforming people.

    [09] PIRI REIS

    Greek Foreign Ministry spokesman, Panos Beglitis characterised as totally inaccurate the press reports on a crisis in Greek-Turkish relations on the occasion of alleged imminent research to be conducted in the Aegean by the Turkish "Piri Reis" scietific marine research vessel. Ancara has clarified that the vessel will not conduct research in the Greek continental shelf. Greek and Turkish competent authorities are cooperating to carry out a scietific research by the University of Smirni Oceanographic Institute. National Defence Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos stressed that Greece is monitorig the type of measurements conducted by the Turkish research vessel.

    [10] DNA test extended to other crimes beyond terrorist acts

    During yesterday's debate in the parliament of the draftbill on the combat of terrorism, Justice Minister Mihalis Stathopoulos announced the extension of the DNA test to other crimes beyond terrorism -such as rape etc. Commenting on criticism against the Justice Minister and the draftbill on terrorism, Goverment spokesman Dimitris Reppas said "We do not observe the view of a citizen but his actions, adding that a terrorist act is not a political action but a crime However, Coalition of the Left and Progress Party deputy Fotis Kouvelis described the core of the draftbill as extremely dangerous.

    [11] Greece frmly supports Bulgaria's admissio to NATO

    In an interview with Bulgaria's state television Greek Foreign Minister Giorge Papandreou reconfirmed Greece's firm stand for the speeding up of Bulgaria's admission to the NATO alliance.

    [12] University doctors in the ESY not allowed to exercise free-lance practice

    As from tomorrow, universty doctors, enlisted in the National Health System are not alowed to work as free lance professionals.

    [13] Olympic Airways privatisation extended till June 18th

    The goverment has extended the deadline for bids in the privatisation of national carrier Olympic Airways till June 18th. All bidders including ,including Integrated Airline Solutions -which pulled out of the tender as it could not meet the origial deadline -is now back in the tender due to the extension.
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