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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-08-21
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastChangeable weather is forecast in all parts of the country, with sunny spells and scattered cloud alternating with showers and brief storms, especially on the mainland from late afternoon. Winds north-northeasterly, light to strong, turning very strong in parts of the Aegean. In the north, temperatures will range from 17C to 28C; in the west from 19C to 32C; and in the rest of the country from 20C to 31C. Temperatures in Athens between 22C and 30C; and in Thessaloniki between 20C and 28C.
(21/8/2002 12:06:00 μμ)
 Government tries to hold prices downThe Ministries of Finance and Development will begin publicizing on a regular basis lists of firms that have implemented unjustified price increases. In this way consumers will be briefed and inflationary pressures will be controlled.
The Minister of Finance Nikos Christodoulakis described inflation as a national plague, calling on consumers to cooperate so as to drop it, while Development Minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos urged consumers to purchase the cheapest articles in the market.
On a relative development, in an interview with NET 105.8, IKNA president Charalambos Kouris called on consumers to boycott the market on September 3.
Moreover, Prime Minister Costas Simitis had a fresh meeting with the Ministry of Finance today on the economic policy of 2003 and a meeting with the governor of the Bank of Greece Nikos Garganas.
(21/8/2002 12:08:00 μμ)
 Giotopoulos’ attorney complainsJailed Alexandros Giotopoulos, member of the terrorist organisation "November 17» on Tuesday again denied any involvement with lethal ultra-leftist gang.
Giotopoulos, 58, repeated his denial in the face of multiple felony charges to a special appellate-level prosecutor, who visited him at a maximum-security cellblock at Korydallos prison.
Another meeting with prosecutor Leonidas Zervobeakos may follow in the next few days, as the alleged “N17» ringleader’s attorney charged that his client was given a copy of the indictment against him only hours before his latest deposition on Tuesday – something he claimed did not allow his client enough time to prepare his statement. Moreover, his attorney complained for the limited number of meetings with his client and the lack of telephone communication.
Additionally, witnesses and policemen Ioannis Papafotis and Socrates Kotsias, who had been injured at Sepolia several years ago with terrortis began testifying.
Earlier their attorney and former New Democracy party MP Lefteris Papadimitriou, who happens to be their lawyer had testified to the special examiner.
(21/8/2002 12:10:00 μμ)
 Privatization draft-bill passedThe draft-bill regarding privatizations of state enterprises was passed at Parliament, after New Democracy party’s objection according to which it described the process as anti-constitutional was rejected.
Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis stated that the law about privatizations should constitute an institutional framework that would last for decades.
New Democracy Parliamentary spokesman Prokopis Pavlopoulos stated that the draft-bill did not offer any guarantee to the protection of free competition, transparency and the combating of corruption.
From his side, Greek Communist party spokesman expressed his party’s fixed position against privatizations, while on behalf of Synaspismos party P. Lafazanis stated that the sell out of state enterprises is being pursued in summary procedures.
(21/8/2002 12:11:00 μμ)
 PASOK to announce its candidatesPASOK party Secretary Costas Laliotis will announce today the candidates his party will support for the prefectures of Athens and Piraeus in the coming municipal elections
(21/8/2002 12:13:00 μμ)
 Drys open to dialogue with farmersFollowing his meeting with Prime Minister Costas Simitis yesterday, Agriculture Minister Giorgos Drys stated in view of the farmers’ mobilizations he is open to dialogue with farmers, adding that cotton growers will begin receiving a ten-drachma subsidy per kilo as of the end of next week.
Meanwhile, New Democracy cadre responsible for the Agricultural sector Evagelos Basiakos attributed the lack of dialogue between the Ministry of Agriculture and farmers to the ministry, which until now is deceiving them.
Finally, the farmers’ problems will be discussed today among New Democracy party cadres at a meeting to be chaired by the party leader Costas Karamanlis.
(21/8/2002 12:14:00 μμ)
 Florakis hospitalizedHonorary President of the Communist party of Greece Charilaos Florakis underwent medical tests at Erythros Stavros hospital yesterday when he was hospitalized there with fever.
According to the hospital doctors Mr Florakis suffers from infection in the lungs.
(21/8/2002 12:15:00 μμ)