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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 02-02-06
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 NEWS IN ENGLISHTHE VOICE OF GREECE
6/2/2002 11:46:00 đě
- Farmers´ further stance to be decided today
- Meeting on illegal gambling
- ESIEA on strike tomorrow
- Greece´s supports Romania´s European prospects
- Electoral law to be discussed after municipal elections
- IKA on sceleton staff until February 12
- Unemployment benefits risen by 5%
 Weather forecastScattered cloud is forecast throughout the country, turning to light rain in the west. The morning will be misty. Winds southwesterly, light to strong, turning very strong in the Ionian. In the north, temperatures will range from 1C to 18C on the rest of the mainland and the Ionian from 4C to 20C and in the Aegean islands from 10C to 18C. Mostly fair in Athens, with temperatures between 7C and 18C. Same in Thessaloniki with temperatures from 3C to 16C.
 Farmers´ further stance to be decided todayToday´s meeting among farmers at Thermi, Thessaloniki at 17:00 local time will determine their further stance. The farmers' meeting with Minister of Agriculture Georgios Drys did not result in any new developments. However, Mr. Drys from his side, described the meeting as substancial and fruiful, adding that most demands had been met, while farmers maintained that no solutions to their problems were found and the situation had not changed.
Meanwhile, the New Democracy party has reported that even now, the government has not resumed its responsibilities with specific measures and commitments.
The Communist party of Greece issued anouncement stating that farmers should not back down from their just demands, while the Synaspismos party called on the government to move ahead with radical restructuring in agricultural economy.
Finally, the Social Democrat Movement spoke of a long anti-agricultural policy.
 Meeting on illegal gamblingThe issue of corruption and illegal gambling will be discussed today during a meeting between the ministers of Interior, Public Order and Economy, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Constantine Simitis.
 ESIEA on strike tomorrowThe Journalists´ Union of Athens Daily Newspapers (ESIEA) is staging a 24-hour strike at 06:00 tomorrow demanding among others the journalists´ dignity, with the appropriate respect to the principles of ethics.
 Greece´s supports Romania´s European prospectsGreek Prime Minister Costantine Simitis on Tuesday reiterated Athens´´ long-standing support for Romania´s NATO and European Union prospects, emphasising here that the large northwest Balkan country´s membership in both blocs would aid regional stability and growth. Simitis´ comments in Bucharest followed high-level talks with Romanian leadership, including President Ion Iliescu and his counterpart Adrian Nastase, as the Greek prime minister arrived here for a one-day working visit aimed at advancing bilateral political and economic relations.
Both men also described bilateral relations as "exemplary". Iliescu, in turn, welcomed Athens´ stance in favour of Romania´s EU and NATO membership, while stressing the excellent level of relations between the two countries.
Apart from Romania´s bids for EU and NATO membership and Greek-Romanian relations, the two leaders further discussed international affairs and Balkan issues.
Simitis briefed Iliescu on the outcome of his recent contacts with US President George Bush and the European Commission, while noting that the west believes Romania was on a steady course to achieving prescribed targets, but also that it should be aided in its efforts.
Simitis further pledged that Greece, which would hold the rotating EU presidency in the first half of 2003, would contribute to "more decisive steps" for the incorporation of Romania into the Euro-Atlantic 'family'.
 Electoral law to be discussed after municipal electionsInterior Deputy Minister Lambros Papadimas stated that after the municipal elections, a discussion will be held in Parliament on the electoral law.
 IKA on sceleton staff until February 12Due to the Social Insurance Institute doctors' strike beginning from today and ending on February 12, IKA will be operating on skeleton staff.
 Unemployment benefits risen by 5%A 5% rise on unemployment benefits has been decided by the government. They will be valid retrospectively for unemployment benefits as of January 1.