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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-10-24

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  • [01] Weather forecast
  • [02] Prime-minister Simitis attends E.U leaders summit in Brussels
  • [03] Public Order Minister- positive results from his contacts in
  • [04] Political parties center interest in national elections
  • [05] Debate on 2003 state budget concluded.
  • [06] IKA health booklets automatically renewed

  • [01] Weather forecast

    A cloudy day is forecast with local showers in some regions and storms mainly in the northwest . Winds westerly , south-westerly light to moderate.

    Temperatures in Athens will range between 16C and 24C and in Thessaloniki between 12C to 20C.

    (24/10/2002 12:17:00 μμ)

    [02] Prime-minister Simitis attends E.U leaders summit in Brussels

    Prime-minister Simitis is in Brussels today to attend the E.U leaders summit focused on bridging differences over funding eastward enlargement.

    Upon leaving Brussels, Mr. Simitis will tour E.U member state capitals in order to promote Greek positions on Cyprus- E.U admission and the euro army issue.

    In the meantime the Dutch parliament backed government plans to support E.U enlargement early today only hours ahead of a key summit set to pave the way for 10 countries to join the block in 2004.

    In view of the Copenhagen summit in December, developments in the Cyprus issue were examined during an inner cabinet meeting yesterday. Foreign Minister, George Papandreou stressed that the resolution of the long-standing Cyprus dispute was not a necessary prerequisite for Cyprus admission to the E.U as all the island would be formally admitted according to the German model.

    Following a meeting with U.N special envoy on Cyprus , Alvaro de Sotto , N.D party leader repeated that a just and viable resolution of the Cyprus issue was not a precondition for Cyprus &#8211;E.U admission and a solution should be found during Greece&#8217;s E.U presidency.

    (24/10/2002 12:18:00 μμ)

    [03] Public Order Minister- positive results from his contacts in Washington

    Concluding his 3 day visit to Washington, Public Order Minister, Mihalis Hrisohoidis described as positive the results of his contacts with American officials and spoke of a general change of climate in favour of Greece. Mr. Hrisohoidis said that talks mainly focused on the organization of safe Olympic Games while there was also agreement on the further promotion of cooperation in the sector of security on both bilateral and multirateral level.

    In the meantime, Giannis Serifis has been charged with participation in the November 17 urban guerillla group. Savvas and Hristodoulos Xiros in their testimonies refer Gianis Serifis name who categorically denies any involvement with the terrorist organization. Fresh charges have been filed against Vasilis Tzotzatos and Theologos Psaradelis , alleged November 17 members who are expected to testify soon .

    (24/10/2002 12:18:00 μμ)

    [04] Political parties center interest in national elections

    After a first evaluation of local government election results, political parties have centered their interest in national elections .

    During yesterday inner cabinet meeting, Prime-minister Simitis said that the Pasok party could win in the national elections adding that the N.D party failed in its aim of forcing the government to hold early general elections as Pasok maintained its political power. The government spokesman echoed the Prime-minister s remarks , reiterating that general elections will take place as scheduled in spring 2004.

    Meanwhile , addressing his party s political council, N.D leader, Kostas Karamanlis said N.D was entering a long pre-election period and stressed that behavior which damaged the conservative party during the battle would not be allowed.

    (24/10/2002 12:20:00 μμ)

    [05] Debate on 2003 state budget concluded.

    The debate on 2003 state budget concluded in the parliament yesterday with Finance Minister, Nikos Hristodoulakis stressing that the state retains the strategic role in the major importance public utility companies.

    There was a confrontation between the N.D honorary president Konstantinos Mitsotakis and left wing parties deputies with Finance Minister over the structural changes promoted by the government .

    (24/10/2002 12:20:00 μμ)

    [06] IKA health booklets automatically renewed

    The IKA administration board has announced that IKA health booklets will be automatically renewed for next year with special stickers which will be mailed to those eligible for IKA health insurance.

    (24/10/2002 12:21:00 μμ)

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