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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-07-14

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  • [01] PM addresses ND party youth group festival in Lefkada

  • [01] PM addresses ND party youth group festival in Lefkada

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Friday addressed the festival of the ruling New Democracy party's youth group ONNED on the Ionian island of Lefkada.

    "The upgrading of education, the upgrading of the public university is the basic priority of the government over the coming period," the prime minister said.

    "We are promoting reforms that strengthen the social role of higher education, that guarantee more opportunities, secure degrees for work, success, social and professional accomplishment, degrees that will have an upgraded value both in our country and in European and world competition," he added.

    Karamanlis further said that "we are working and cooperating to enable all of us to build together a qualitative and productive education that will help young women and young men to gain the opportunities that appear and achieve their targets, to realise your dreams."

    The prime minister pointed out that changes are necessary "because no educational system can be surpassed by the continuous production of knowledge, it cannot remain distant from what is taking place on the international scene, it cannot remain static and produce unemployed people with degrees".

    "We have set high targets and we are achieving them one by one," the prime minister underlined.

    Karamanlis said that the traditional advantages of the country are becoming more competitive, Greece is becoming an international energy corridor and the centre of high quality services in tourism, trade, transport, shipping, health, education and culture. "The government's policies are already producing tangible results," he said.

    "The dramatic deficits of the past are being limited drastically. Growth is proceeding at rates that are more than double the eurozone average, the competitiveness of the economy, following many years of recession, has already gained eight positions in the international ranking in the past year, the extroversion of the economy is becoming a reality, exports are increasing at unprecedented rates, the tourist industry is recording a considerable improvement, unemployment has begun to decrease, employment is increasing, the climate is improving all over the country and Greece is in a new growth orbit," the prime minister stressed.

    Karamanlis also said that the policy of separation into "two Greeces has been left to the past and the conception of the one and the other Greece has been brushed aside."

    Earlier, the prime minister visited the museum at the Panagia Faneromeni Monastery in Lefkada, while on Saturday morning he will be visiting the island's prefecture.

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