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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-01-04

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PARTY LEADERS SPEAK ON GREECE'S EMU ADMISSION
  • [02] FIRST POLITICAL POLL RESULTS OF THE YEAR RELEASED
  • [03] THESSALONIKI TO HOST GREECE'S NEXT EU SUMMIT
  • [04] SPELL OF COLD WEATHER HITS GREECE

  • [01] PARTY LEADERS SPEAK ON GREECE'S EMU ADMISSION

    Addressing the Industrial Chamber of Greece which met yesterday for the traditional cutting of the New Year cake, the prime minister, Kostas Simitis, expressed his satisfaction with the course of the Greek economy. He said 2000 would be a year of decisive importance for Greece's development, adding that the government would place particular emphasis on health, unemployment and the problems facing the country's farmers. In reply to a question about elections, Mr Simitis said he was not concerned about the election issue as much as the continuation of the policy of previous years. The opposition New Democracy party leader, Kostas Karamanlis, noted yesterday that Greece's national goal of admission to European economic and monetary union would soon be achieved, and he pointed out that everyone had contributed to this achievement, including the government despite its errors and omissions. Mr Karamanlis said that following Greece's entry to EMU growth, a fairer share of resources and a reduction in unemployment levels would be the country's main goals. The Coalition leader, Nikos Konstantopoulos, said at the Industrial Chamber's cake-cutting ceremony that it was time to place more emphasis on social justice. For their part, the national economy minister, Iannos Papantoniou, and the governor of the National Bank, Theodoros Karatzas, were both optimistic about the course of the Greek economy. The New Democracy party's honorary president, Konstantinos Mitsotakis, said yesterday that he was certain Greece would achieve its goal of entry to EMU. He said the course of the economy was quite good but pointed out that things would become more difficult after admission to EMU. Mr Mitsotakis said elections should take place soon because an extended pre-election period was not good for the country.

    [02] FIRST POLITICAL POLL RESULTS OF THE YEAR RELEASED

    Greek newspapers yesterday published the first opinion polls of the year 2000. The New Democracy party is 1.9% ahead of PASOK in people's preferences, according to a nation-wide opinion poll carried out by VPRC which was published in the Athens newspaper Ta Nea. However 52.4% of those polled believe PASOK will win the elections, while 30.6% believe the New Democracy party will win. In another opinion poll carried out in Attica by Metron Analysis, which was published in the Athens newspaper To Ethnos, PASOK is 6% ahead of the New Democracy party.

    [03] THESSALONIKI TO HOST GREECE'S NEXT EU SUMMIT

    The prime minister announced yesterday that when Greece assumes the EU presidency again in 2003, the EU summit meeting will be held in Thessaloniki. He was speaking in Thessaloniki after inaugurating the recently restored Royal Theatre building and the city's new Concert Hall.

    [04] SPELL OF COLD WEATHER HITS GREECE

    Greece is currently in the grip of a wave of icy weather, moving on from central Europe, with heavy snowfalls mainly in the north of the country. In Kastoria, the temperature dropped to minus 15 degrees centigrade and in Nevrokopi, always one of the coldest spots in winter, to minus 18 degrees. Many villages have been cut off by snow, while the circulation of traffic in the prefectures of Ioannina, Magnesia, Serres, Kozani, Imathia, Pella, Grevena and Florina is possible only for vehicles equipped with anti-skid chains. It also snowed yesterday in Athens' northern suburbs and the surrounding hills are now covered in snow. Because of gale force winds in the Aegean, no ferries have been allowed to set sail from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina.
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