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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 00-05-23

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  • [01] European Commission satisfied with Greek economy's progress
  • [02] "2004 Olympics", top priority for Greece
  • [03] Petrol continues its upward course
  • [04] Greece supports the formation of a European Federation
  • [05] Preparations for NATO's "Dynamic Mix 2000" exercise
  • [06] A. Dimantopoulou optimistic about Cyprus' accession
  • [07] World conference for the return of Parthenon Marbles in Zappion
  • [08] Invalid cyclist Savopoulos heading to Constaninople


    (THE VOICE OF GREECE - Translators Dpt.)

    [01] European Commission satisfied with Greek economy's progress

    In a report publicised yesterday, under the title "State Finance in the Economic and Monetary Union 2000", the European Comission stresses its satisfaction at the Greek economy's achievements over the past years, as well as the need for implementation of a restrictive fiscal policy. At the same time, in view of Greece's entry to the European Monetary Union, the government is speeding up processes regarding structural changes and securitizations of state- owned enterprises. By the end of the week, a special committee will be formed at the National Economy ministry which will examine the status of the so called "closed professions", that is preffesions that were only allowed to be exercised only by certain citizens. It has also been anounced that the "Hellenic Aerospace Industry" EAB and the "Greek Arms Industry" ELBO, will be securitized in summer. To this end, Prime minister Costas Simitis is meeting with National Economy minister Yannos Papantoniou today, while he will visit the ministry of Interior next week. Today's scheduled visit by the Prime minister to the National Economy ministry is expected to mark the beginning of procedures to implement major large scale structural changes in the Greek economy.

    [02] "2004 Olympics", top priority for Greece

    Prime minister Costas Simitis yesterday met with the chairwoman of the " 2004 Olympic Organising Committee", Yanna Angelopoulou-Daskalaki to prepare tomorrow's meeting of the inter-ministerial committee for the "2004 Olympics". In the meantime, within the framework of Culture minister Theodoros Pangalos' briefing of political leaders regarding the "2004 Olympics", Mr. Pangalos met with New Democracy president Costas Karamanlis yesterday. The Culture minister expressed his satisfaction that the main opposition party was prepared to offer its assistance for a better organisation of the "2004 Olympics" in Athens. New Democracy party suggested that a committee under the chairmanship of the President of the Greek Republic Costantinos Stephanopoulos, who would be monitoring the prepartation of the Olympic Games, be formed.

    [03] Petrol continues its upward course

    OPEK's policy for high crude oil prices, is deploring inflation in Europe. It seems that European efforts to combat inflation are being tested by high oil prices and the rise of the US dollar. As of midnight, the price of petrol is expected to rise by 12 drachmas per litre in Greece. As a result, this development will lead to the increase of the production cost of goods.

    [04] Greece supports the formation of a European Federation

    Greece supports the proposals of German Foreign minister Yoska Fischer for the setting up of a European Federation in the future, Greek Foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou said yesterday at a press conference he gave after the General Affairs Council's meeting in Brussels. Mr. Papandreou pointed out that he had stressed to Mr. Fischer that Greece had always supported the further extending of European Union member-countries relations in tandem with the European Union's expansion. He also stated that following Greece's entry to the EURO zone, Greece would be willing to discuss the possibility of other countries' participating in the Federatinon, but however, only certain conditions.

    [05] Preparations for NATO's "Dynamic Mix 2000" exercise

    NATO exercise "Dynamic Mix 2000", which has be prepared since last Saturday, will take place in Southern Aegean, the mainland, and the Ionian Sea. Thousands of NATO soldiers as well as ten aircrafts and ships have arrived in Greece. Greece has sent two frigates and two more war ships at Smyrna port. In the meantime, the Turks are refusing to submit flight plans, causing National Economy minister Akis Tsochatzopoulos' reaction, who stated that any jet fighters without flight plans would be intercepted. Replying to a question yesterday on whether planes participating in the "Dynamic Mix" NATO exercise would fly over Greek territory without a a flight plan, government spokesman Dimitris Reppas said that any aircraft that did not submit a flight plan would be intercepted by Greek airforce jet figthers.

    [06] A. Dimantopoulou optimistic about Cyprus' accession

    Following a meeting with the President of the Cyprus Republic Glafkos Klerides in Nicosia yesterday, the European commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs, Anna Diamantopoulou, expressed her conviction that all necessary changes would have been made by 2002, to bring Cyprus in line with European standards, in the social sector, to ensure there were no obstacles for the island's European Union accession.

    [07] World conference for the return of Parthenon Marbles in Zappion

    A world conference under the title "The Claiming of the Parthenon Marbles within the EU framework" opened at the Zappion mansion yesterday. Attending the conference are personalities from 17 foreign countries as well as Greece. The conference was hailed by the chairman of the Melina Mercouri Foundation, Jules, Dassin, the chairman of the "Ioannis Kapodistrias Foundation" Nikos Markatos, while messages were sent by Foreign minister Yorgos Papandreou, the Athens Mayor Dimitris Avramopoulos, as well as world known personnalities, like Hillary Clinton. In her message Mrs. Clinton states that she and her husband are in full support of the Greek demand for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Greece.

    [08] Invalid cyclist Savopoulos heading to Constaninople

    Invalid cyclist Odysseas Savopoulos continues his cycling Marathon to reach Constaninople. Mr. Savopoulos left Olympia on Thursday and aims at briefing all invalid Greeks about their ability to distinguish themselves in sports and at the same time to create relations of friendship with the invalid of Turkey.
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