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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-05-09

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Positive comments on the course of the Greek economy at the EU
  • [02] The issue of unemployment discussed at the EU Social Policy and
  • [03] Athens 2004 Olympic Games
  • [04] President Klerides resumes his duties
  • [05] Turkish proposal for confidence building measures in the Aegean
  • [06] State - church relations

  • NEWS IN ENGLISH

    (THE VOICE OF GREECE - Translators Dpt.)

    [01] Positive comments on the course of the Greek economy at the EU finance ministers council

    Negotiations began in Brussels at the council of European Union Economic and Finanace ministers, ECOFIN, on the drachma's entry into the Eurozone. The package of measures, which Greece will pledge to observe -following a positive decision for EMU accession- was discussed at the meeting. The comments made on the course of the Greek economy by the economy ministers of Greece's EU partners were positive. Greek national economy minister Yannos Papantoniou confirmed that the drachma's admission into the Eurozone would take place smoothly. Meanwhile it was announced that the inflation rate in Greece dropped from 3,1% in March to 2,6% in April.

    [02] The issue of unemployment discussed at the EU Social Policy and Employment council

    The Employment and Social policy Council, which met in Brussels, examined the general guidelines of the European Union's economic policy. Labour minister Tasos Yiannitsis, who represented Greece at the council, said that the issue of unemployment was brought up at the council which indicated the EU's increased interest in unemployment issues.

    [03] Athens 2004 Olympic Games

    This week is considered crucial for the progress of works related to the 2004 Olympic Games to be held in Athens.Prime- minister Simitis is expected to take the final decisions for the roganisation of the games after a bi-ministerial meeting. Mr. Simitis met with Culture minister Theodoros Pangalos while today he will meet with the vice-president of the International Olympic Committee Zaque Rong. On Wednesday a delegation of the International Olympic Committee will arrive in Greece, to be briefed on the progress of preparations, while on the same day in Ancient Olympia, a ceremony will be held for the departure of the Olympic flame to Sydney. Representing Australia at the ceremony will be the Australian governor - general, Sir William Deane. The flame will pass through 102 municipalities and communities of Greece, before arriving in Athens, from where it will be conveyed on a special flight to Australia, on May 21. Thrusday morning Mr. Simitis will have a meeting with Australia's governor general.

    [04] President Klerides resumes his duties

    The President of Cyprus Republic Glafkos Klerides resumes his duties today from the Evangelistria clinic, where he is been treated after a minor operation. Mr. Klerides, who briefed the Speaker of the Parliament on his decision, had a telephone conversation with the Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos.

    [05] Turkish proposal for confidence building measures in the Aegean

    In an interview with the newspaper" Yeni Bigil, Turkish Foreign minister Ismail Cem said that Athens was examining a Turkish proposal on confidence building measures in the Agean. He also stressed that Ankara was seeking common understanding points with Greece and referred to the positive developments in the economic and trade relations between the two countries. Finally, the Turkish Foreign minister underlined that the Athens and Ankara agreement on the combat of terrorism was of vital importance to Turkey and further improved relations between the two countries.

    [06] State - church relations

    Government spokesman Dimitris Reppas stated that the government did not intend to change the existing framework regarding the responsibilities of the state and the church, describing the Justice minister's views as personal. Mr. Stathopoulos' views supporting a political oath, non- religious funerals and the abolition of the description of religion on identity cards received positive comments by the Liberal and the Coalition of the Left and Progress parties, which accused the government of diffidence and prolongation of old fashioned regulations. From his side, Archbishop Christodoulos stated that the opinion of people was a factor that could not and should not be ignored.
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