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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-04-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis signs book of condolences on Pope's demise
  • [02] Government replies with letter to criticism by European Commission on main shareholder issue
  • [03] Greece to take part in Lisbon exhibit to promote companies, Eurovision bid

  • [01] PM Karamanlis signs book of condolences on Pope's demise

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis on Wednesday called at the Vatican's embassy in Athens and signed the book of condolences for the demise of Pope John Paul II.

    "I express heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Greek people over the demise of the Pope who, with courage and determination, defended peace, human rights, and the humanity-wide ideals," the premier wrote.

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) leader George Papandreou also signed the book.

    [02] Government replies with letter to criticism by European Commission on main shareholder issue

    The government replied on Wednesday to the European Commission's criticism, on the ''violation of EU legislation in connection with the main shareholder law,'' with a letter addressed to Commissioner Charlie McCreevy, signed by Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, Foreign Minister Petros Molyviatis and Minister of State Theodoros Roussopoulos.

    The letter begins with the observation that the Greek government was never notified of complaints by companies from Greece and abroad, to which McCreevy refers to in his letter, and points out that the full and timely communication of complaints substantively affects the unimpeded exercising of the right to defend legislation and, by extension, the country's public interest.

    It further mentions that article 14 paragraph 9 of the Greek constitution and the relevant executive legislation is compatible with European law and expresses the conviction that the exchange of positions and views with the European Union will lead to the finding of common places as to the solution to the issue of the agreement, the constitution's executive legislation with the mandates of European Community law, original and derivative.

    [03] Greece to take part in Lisbon exhibit to promote companies, Eurovision bid

    Greek companies are to take part in Lisbon's Alimentaria food and beverages trade fair for the first time in order to promote their wares and help publicise the country's bid to win the Eurovision song contest.

    In an initiative by the Thesssaloniki International Trade Fair, ERT state radio and television will present Greece's Eurovision contestant, Elena Paparizou, and her song, "My number one".

    Twenty five sector firms from around the country are to take part in the trade fair on April 10-13, the Thessaloniki-based organiser said in a statement on Wednesday.


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