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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-02-21

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

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  • [01] PASOK to vote against law for higher education

  • [01] PASOK to vote against law for higher education

    Main opposition PASOK will vote against the framework law for higher education tabled by the government but will take part in the debate in Parliament, the party decided on Wednesday. The decision was taken unanimously during a meeting of PASOK's Political Council chaired by party leader George Papandreou.

    Papandreou asked PASOK MPs to present the party's positions and proposals concerning autonomy, funding and assessment for universities in Parliament, while highlighting the conservative approach taken by ruling New Democracy.

    He stressed, however, that the draft bill should be voted against in principle, on the articles and as a whole.

    According to Papandreou, the draft bill prepared by the government reflected conservative viewpoints in ND and throughout the world, which choose issues that mobilise the more conservative elements in society so that they determine the agenda.

    He also claimed that the measures in the bill did not address the top priority issues for education.

    The main opposition leader questioned the value of opinion polls on this issue, claiming that the questions posed in surveys presented false dilemmas, so that the answers could not be taken as a guide to public opinion.

    "What matters is to systematically reveal the spin and populist character of the government's policies," he said.

    Papandreou stressed in his address to the meeting that university autonomy was the fundamental difference between the government and main opposition, on which their disagreement was complete, while the measures proposed to regulate university asylum would only increase the problems.

    Council sector-head for education Mihalis Chrysohoidis said the government's draft bill did not address the present and future needs of universities and tertiary education.

    Joint meeting of top PASOK organs on March 1

    There will be a joint session of PASOK's Political Council, Programme Committee and Parliamentary Council on March 1, where the party's pre-election programme will be presented and discussed for the first time.

    The joint session will continue until midday on March 2, and will be immediately followed by a meeting of the Political Council to prepare a report for the National Council meeting on March 3 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Faliro.

    This will be followed by an open event on March 4 in the same venue, when PASOK leader George Papandreou will present the party's main policy lines in the run-up to the next elections.


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