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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-06-08

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

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  • [01] Events in memory of Andreas Papandreou
  • [02] 'Metropolitan Park' in southern Athens

  • [01] Events in memory of Andreas Papandreou

    Main opposition PASOK's National Council Secretary Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou announced on Thursday a series of events in honour of late prime minister Andreas Papandreou, which aim at paying tribute to the party's founder. The events will take place June 17-25 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Papandreou's death.

    The events aim at "highlighting his work, as well as his values and visions at a period of crisis and decline of values," she said.

    During a press conference, Xenoyiannakopoulou also announced the framework of political programming that the party will be following in the near future.

    The "constant presence of PASOK in the people's everyday problems", the promotion of its own alternative plan for the governance of the country, special emphasis on local administration issues, the upgrading of its political presence, the continuous restructuring of its organisations, are included in the party's programming.

    According to the secretary, PASOK will go ahead with the restructuring of organisations of working people and people living in different constituencies from those they are registered in, on June 18-19, while the party's youth congress will be convened on July 7-8 that will lead to an electoral congress in November.

    The events in honour of the late prime minister will begin with an exhibition on the work and life of Andreas Papandreou at the Zappion Hall on June 17, that will be inaugurated by PASOK's leader George Papandreou, a documentary will be shown on June 18, while an event will be held on June 19 titled "Andreas Papandreou the leader of change" at which addresses will be made by Costas Laliotis, George Katiforis and Theodoros Sakellaropoulos.

    [02] 'Metropolitan Park' in southern Athens

    Environment, Town Planning and Public Works Minister George Souflias announced on Thursday that work for the creation of the "Metropolitan Park" at the old Athens international airport of Hellenikon in southern Athens will start at the end of 2007 or early in 2008.

    He said the enormous Park will be ready in 2013. The Park at Hellenikon will cover an expanse of 1,000 acres, and will exceed the size of London's Hyde Park, which at present is the biggest in Europe and covers just over 600 acres, as well as New York's Central Park which covers just under 900 acres.

    The minister also said that only 250 out of a total of 1,325 acres will be constructed for housing. Revenues from the building activities will fund the park's creation and maintenance, he added.


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