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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-01-26

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  • [01] Karamanlis' Message to Farmers
  • [02] Karamanlis-Vdovin Meeting
  • [03] Dialogue on Education Begins
  • [04] D. Bakoyiannis at Brussels

  • [01] Karamanlis' Message to Farmers

    There is an "intensive need for roads to open", the Prime Minister said speaking in an even organized by women of New Democracy, and added that our society that provides the sources for farmers, must not be further burdened. Mr. Karamanlis stressed that he will continue taking measures for the support of financially weaker citizens and accused PASOK of irresponsibility, infertile debate and ignorance.

    The first priority of our government is the economy of every day life, the MP stressed. On reference to farmers, Mr. Karamanlis added that mobilizations must not cause financial damage to professionals and must not burden the economy. He also pointed out that the government provided 500 million euros to farmers despite the narrow financial edges.

    The government is working on the long term and meaningful boost of the agricultural income. There is the will and the time for dialogue and for mutual planning. National Council of Agricultural Policy will be activated soon, the PM said. Mr. Karamanlis also stated that the government responds to its commitments, as 80% of sources of the national strategic framework will be provided to regional Greece.

    The Prime Minister also referred on the discussion for education. We asked for participation from all political parties for the reformation of the Lyceums and for the change in University entry examination system in secondary education.

    On reference to the financial conjunction, the PM stated that none can overlook the heat and the intensity and the duration of the international financial crisis that affects with severity the strongest economies of Europe. Next months will be difficult, Mr. Karamanlis said and continued that the government showed that it is equipped with the reflexives and that the Greek economy is resistant.

    The Prime Minister also referred on the opposition party saying that those that tripled the public deficit and rose unemployment from 3% to 11% can not play the role of the accusant. Times demand gravity and responsibility, there is no space for irresponsibility and infertile debates, Mr. Karamanlis added. The future depends on the conflict between responsibility and irresponsibility. We follow the road of responsibility, the Prime Minister underlined. We are going to exhaust the possibilities for the support of weaker social groups, the road is uphill but at the end of the road there is a better day, Mr. Karamanlis concluded.

    Special reference was also made by the Prime Minister regarding the government's policy for the reinforcement of families. Mr. Karamanlis noted that measures have been taken for the reinforcement of families with many children as the 2000 euros allowance will be provided to families having three or more children.

    News item: 18177

    [02] Karamanlis-Vdovin Meeting

    Outgoing Russian ambassador to Greece Andrei Vdovin met Monday morning with Greek Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis and voiced the satisfaction of the Russian government. Exiting the meeting, Vdovin said there had been an excellent climate with the Greek Premier. Vdovin touched on the good ties between Russia and Greece, stressing that both Medvedev and Putin were collaborating with Kostas Karamanlis. He also voiced his satisfaction, because the people of Greece and all the political parties backed the joined projects undertaken by the two nations.

    Source: NET, ANA-MPA

    News item: 17190

    [03] Dialogue on Education Begins

    Greece's Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis met Monday morning with Education Minister Evrypides Stylianides at Maximos Mansion, the Premier's official residence. Exiting the meeting, Stylianides said they touched on the education reform. The Education Minister also claimed that the public dialogue on a new high school and a new system allowing access to tertiary education would commence at the beginning of the year. He then went on to stress that the dialogue would be exhausting and that the government would be open to all proposals.

    Source: ANA-MPA

    News item: 17189

    [04] D. Bakoyiannis at Brussels

    Foreign affairs minister Mrs. Dora Bakoyiannis attended speech on European Policy Center in Brussels titled: The World in 2009: a year for Europe". Greece is assuming the one-year presidency of Europe's security body, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). The Greek Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis stressed to work as an honest broker to strengthen the Organization's role as a forum for dialogue and platform for action at the heart of Europe's security architecture.

    "Greece is assuming presidency of Europe's security bodyin a conjunction where exponential and unforeseen changes seem to be the only constant in intenrtional relations", Mrs. Bakoyiannis stressed, adding: "Under these conditions I believe that OSCE remains the only regional institution that incorporates the wider euroatlantic ground and the euro asian region. In addition, it stems from a unique and ambitious concept of security, based on mutual values and commitments as well as the on the institutional value of respect of a person's dignity". Mrs. Bakoyioannis announces OScE presidency's priorities.

    Athens will focus its efforts:

    1) On the communication and coordination with the directly involved parties for the promotion of co operative, undivided and global security.

    2) On the establishment of a strategy for the planning of more effective ways of materialization of mutual goals in order to safeguard the srability,security and co operation in OSCE region.

    3) On a symmetry of efforts for the tackling of asymmetric threats and of old challenges.

    News item: 18165

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