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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 98-01-25

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From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.


Last Update: 20:04 GMT+2

SECTIONS

  • [A] GREECE
  • [B] EUROPE

  • NEWS HEADLINES

    [A] GREECE

  • [01] TRADE UNIONISTS REACT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
  • [02] MINSTER OF DEFENSE: NATIONAL AIR SPACE IS NON-NEGOTIABLE
  • [03] ADVERSE WEATHER STRIKES GREECE, SNOW, HEAVY RAIN IN MACEDONIA
  • [04] AGRICULTURAL TRADE FAIR AGROTICA '98 OPENS JANUARY 28 IN THESSALONIKI
  • [05] NEWS BULLETINS TO BE BROADCAST IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES
  • [06] THESSALONIKI'S FARMERS TO EMBARK ON 2-DAY PROTESTS
  • [07] TOURISM BETWEEN GREECE AND CHILE TO BE STRENGTHENED
  • [08] PASSPORT-VISA REVIEW AGENCY OPENS AT MACEDONIA-THRACE MINISTRY
  • [B] EUROPE

  • [09] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT TO VISIT ATHENS AT END OF THE MONTH

  • NEWS IN DETAIL

    [A] GREECE

    [01] TRADE UNIONISTS REACT TO COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Athens, January 25 (MPA)

    Greece's unionists have warned the government that it should think first before it chooses a rift with state-sector unions.

    The country's General Confederation of Greek Workers (GSEE) has called another

    24-hour strike next week, while the government has reiterated its determination to proceed with a restructuring of overdebted public enterprises although it acknowledged workers' right to protest in defending their interests.

    GSEE calls the strike over a provision in the government's new tax bill that allows a change in the status of workers at DEKOs (public enterprises and corporations) in the framework of their reform. Workers say that the provision directly undermines their status.

    National Economy and Finance Minister Yiannos Papantoniou has repeatedly stated to unionists presenting him with their demands that the provision applied only to loss-making or bankrupt DEKOs.

    He said a six-month period of negotiations between DEKO management and unions was sufficient time to achieve an agreement on changes but has stressed that the final decision lay with the government.

    However, the President of GSEE Christos Polyzogopoulos, said the union movement would not accept different conditions for workers in loss-making and profit-making enterprises and warned of increased labor unrest.

    Reports said urban transport organizations - one of the sectors that Mr. Papantoniou says would be affected by the provision - were considering an indefinite strike.

    Urban transport organizations alone have debts of 850 billion drachmas, which will be accommodated by legislation to be submitted to Parliament later in the year.

    [02] MINSTER OF DEFENSE: NATIONAL AIR SPACE IS NON-NEGOTIABLE

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Athens, January 25 (MPA)

    Greece's Minister of National Defense Akis Tsochatzopoulos has categorically stated that the country's air space is non-negotiable.

    "It is ten miles and shall remain as such," he stated, thereby silencing the much ado heard recently over this matter.

    Moreover, he stated that any discussion concerning a potential negotiation , or potential flexibility of the ten-mile limit is mistaken.

    [03] ADVERSE WEATHER STRIKES GREECE, SNOW, HEAVY RAIN IN MACEDONIA

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki, January 25 (MPA)

    Adverse weather has stricken Greece, with snow and heavy rain falling mostly in western and central Macedonia.

    In many areas of the national highway, all vehicles are required to be equipped with anti-skid chains.

    [04] AGRICULTURAL TRADE FAIR AGROTICA '98 OPENS JANUARY 28 IN THESSALONIKI

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki, January 28 (MPA)

    The largest annual agricultural trade fair in the Balkans, Agrotica '98, is to open in Thessaloniki on January 28, organized by Helexpo, International trade Fair of Thessaloniki.

    This year's event, which started 14 years ago, will feature an increased number of exhibitors and will occupy the largest area in the fair's history.

    According to Helexpo, 1,517 Greek and foreign exhibitors will display their goods, on a site of more than 38,500 square meters. A total of 776 foreign exhibitors from 35 countries and 741 Greek companies will participate, while seven countries - Albania, Bulgaria, France, Spain, Italy, Poland and Tunisia - will participate with national pavilions.

    [05] NEWS BULLETINS TO BE BROADCAST IN FOREIGN LANGUAGES

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Athens, January 25 (MPA)

    Foreigners in Greece will be able to hear news in seven languages, beginning tomorrow, January 26 on the state radio station ERA 2.

    The news bulletins will be produced by the Voice of Greece (ERA 5), by a team of 37 Greek and foreign journalists and broadcast on 93.6 and 103.7 FM daily at 7.03 (in Arabic and Russian), 8.03 (Polish, Albanian and English and at 9.03 (French and Bulgarian).

    [06] THESSALONIKI'S FARMERS TO EMBARK ON 2-DAY PROTESTS

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki, January 25 (MPA)

    Farmers in Thessaloniki are to blockade the Ministry of Macedonia and Thrace building for two days starting February 2 as a protest over fund allocations, prices set for agricultural products and the ongoing trials of farmers arrested in last year's demonstrations, according to the president of the Federation of Farmers' Associations of Thessaloniki, Dimitris Parlapanis.

    Mr. Parlapanis also said that these demonstrations will be a warning and any further mobilization will depend on the government's response.

    [07] TOURISM BETWEEN GREECE AND CHILE TO BE STRENGTHENED

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Athens, January 25 (MPA)

    The President and secretary-general of the Greek National Tourist Organization Yiannis Stephanides and George Skoulas respectively, are to meet with Chile's Foreign Minster Mariano Fernandez and Chile's Ambassador in Athens, Marcia Cov Arrubias tomorrow, January 26, when they will discuss the various ways to further promote tourism relations between the two countries.

    The meeting is prompted by tomorrow's arrival of Chile's Economy Minister Alvaro Garcia to Athens.

    The officials will discuss specific plans aiming to upgrade tourism relations between the two countries, such as the organization of conventions, training and special forms of tourism.

    [08] PASSPORT-VISA REVIEW AGENCY OPENS AT MACEDONIA-THRACE MINISTRY

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Thessaloniki, January 25 (MPA)

    Beginning tomorrow, January 26, a passport review agency is to operate in Thessaloniki, a collaboration between the Foreign Ministry and the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace.

    This was announced by the alternate Minister of Foreign Affairs George Papandreou, who added that the Ministry of Macedonia-Thrace will also host an agency that will grant visas to Greek-origin individuals from the former Soviet Union.

    [B] EUROPE

    [09] EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT TO VISIT ATHENS AT END OF THE MONTH

    Web Posted: 20:04 GMT+2

    Strasbourg, January 25 (MPA)

    The President of the European Parliament Jose Maria Jil Robles is to conduct an official visit to Athens on January 29-31.

    In a press conference given in Strasbourg, Mr. Robles stated that his contacts with Greece's political leaders will be of a general nature and he noted that he wants to form an opinion on Greece sees the structural hurdles of the European fulfillment, the Euro, the Amsterdam Accord, and the Greek Parliament's view on issues related to the unified European election process.

    Referring to the dialogue which Athens pioneered with other Mediterranean countries and states from the Middle East, Mr. Robles stated that "Greece is the preferential observation post and I believe that the views of the Greek authorities will help us in developing our ties in that (geographical) direction. We have an interest in working toward the development of the Mediterranean's southern end, since Europe's' viable interests are not limited only to the North.

    While avoiding comment on Greek-Turkish issues, Mr. Robles did say that "the European Union is always on the side of its allies."


    Complete archives of the Macedonian Press Agency bulletins are available on the MPA Home Page at http://www.mpa.gr/ and on the U.S. mirror at http://www.hri.org/MPA/


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