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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 03-08-01
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Weather forecastThe weather will be unsettled with sunny spells, occasional cloud and local rain or thunderstorms in Attica, the Ionian and rest mainland.
Winds light, variable turning to moderate in the southern Aegean.
The temperature in Athens will range from 23 to 34C, in the islands from 22 to 33C and in Thessaloniki from 21 to 30C.
(1/8/2003 12:11:00 μμ)
 Urban centre residents leave for vacationsThe mass exodus of urban centre residents that will begin today will be accompanied by additional traffic police measures and police helicopters air surveillance to see that it is safe.
Meanwhile, the ports of Piraeus and Rafina are packed with people, who are leaving for the islands, while additional itineraries have been added to the bus and train service.
At the same time, northern Greece is facing problems with the supply of petrol, since tank trunk owners continue their strike there in contrast to their fellow tank trunk owners in other parts of Greece who ended their strike.
(1/8/2003 12:13:00 μμ) (1/8/2003 12:15:00 μμ)
 Operational framework of local governments to changeEverything will change with the local government, following the new operation framework that was approved by the cabinet and which will be tabled at Parliament in autumn after a dialogue takes place with the Central Association of Municipalities and Communities of Greece (KEDKE).
Prime Minister Costas Simitis stated that the local government organisations would have to adapt to the new circumstances and upgrade their role on the basis of the new provisions of the constitution and the European Union.
The institutional changes decided, extend democracy with the boosting of the municipal council and inter municipal cooperation, while the state checks and financing will be put on a new basis.
At the same time, New Democracy party Honorary President Constantinos Mitsotakis criticized the government from Chania regarding the money owed to the local governments, stressing that the local governments could not be 'a poor relative'.
Athens Mayor Dora Bakoyianni told NET 105.8 that that Greece must adopt the European standards with increased responsibilities given to the local administrations, while the Communist party of Greece announced that Mr Simitis had not spoken about the debts of the state to the local governments.
(1/8/2003 12:17:00 μμ)