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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-12-22

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

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  • [01] PASOK leader Papandreou visits Oinofita

  • [01] PASOK leader Papandreou visits Oinofita

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) leader George Papandreou visited Oinofita on Friday and met with Father Ioannis Economidis, who briefed him on the serious environmental problems in the wider region, under his capacity as a member of the non-governmental organization Regional Sustainable Development and Culture Foundation.

    The situation in the region is grave due to the lack of environmental protection measures on behalf of the tens of industrial plants operating in the area, stressed Father Economidis, adding that dioxins are being released into the atmosphere as a result of the uncontrollable burning of toxic waste, while chimneys are not equipped with special filters preventing air and water pollution.

    Such practices lead to the deterioration of the health of the local population and the approximately 10,000 workers coming in from Athens every day, he stressed, while he also referred to the systematic effort made to teach the Greek language to immigrants who make up half of the Oinofita population.

    On his part, PASOK's leader stressed that the region needs infrastructure projects and the implementation of environmental protection measures promoting sustainable development and quality of life.

    Papandreou also visited the local kindergarten school and attended a Christmas celebration.

    2007 budget government's 'last', Papandreou says

    During the budget debate on Thursday night, Papandreou said that the 2007 state budget tabled by ruling New Democracy (ND) "makes arrangements regarding obligations towards specific interests and signals the end of tenure of the government."

    "It is the last budget tabled by the ND," Papandreou said.

    Papandreou termed as "completely untrustworthy" the depictment of public finances in the draft budget. "You transfer pending expenditures with interest, you eliminate the hospitals' debts, you fabricate the data on unemployment, you find excuses to wipe out jobless from the registration forms," Papandreou added.

    He said that the reforms proposed by the government were "in essence clientele arrangements," asking Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis "to name just one reform that has profited the citizens, that has improved their standard of living, that has benefitted the country."


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