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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-05-31

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  • [01] Avramopoulos in Thessaloniki
  • [02] Culture minister in Crete

  • [01] Avramopoulos in Thessaloniki

    Health and Social Solidarity Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, on Friday night that the government is forging ahead with restructuring and upgrading the health system.

    Avramopoulos was speaking at an event organised by a local prefectural committee of the ruling New Democracy party.

    Referring to the new law on procurements that has been ratified in Parliament, Avramopoulos spoke of a great reform in what had been applied in the health sector so far and of a bold initiative that will rationalise the procurements system.

    As regards the issue of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), the minister said that he is waiting for the results of Sunday's elections in the neighbouring country with great interest and expressed the hope that the new government that will emerge will not continue the policy of intransigence.

    Avramopoulos also deplored the recent incidents taking place in universities, saying that the reforms in education must go ahead, while on the question of high prices he said that the government is making considerable efforts to tackle it, as far as possible, since an international economic crisis is going on.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Health and Social Solidarity Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos.

    [02] Culture minister in Crete

    Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis, concluding his visit to locations falling under the jurisdiction of his ministry, said on Saturday that the island of Crete is a top priority for the ministry due to its cultural heritage.

    The minister also pledged initial funding amounting to 500,000 euros for the Archaeological Museum in Iraklio and the Fort of Koule. As regards the rest of the funds that will be required, the minister said that an effort will be made to obtain funds from the 4th Community Support Framework (CSF).

    He added that this is a public commitment because the Archaeological Museum of Iraklio and Knossos are gems for the island.

    Liapis also visited the Pancritio Stadium and was given a guided tour of its premises, accompanied by local officials, and said that the stadium will be handed over to the municipality of Iraklio in a month at the most.

    CAPTION: ANA-MPA file photo of Culture Minister Mihalis Liapis.

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