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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-23

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

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  • [01] Greece wants Balkans a European neighbourhood of peace

  • [01] Greece wants Balkans a European neighbourhood of peace

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, speaking during the International University's Conference in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, on Monday stressed that Greece wants the Balkans to be a European neighbourhood of peace, stability, development and progress.

    Karamanlis noted that 4,000 Greek businesses are active in the region, while 3,000 Greek bank branches are also operating. He also referred to the International University's role in promoting cooperation between the countries in the region.

    The prime minister referred in turn to the unfavourable international economic conjuncture -the price of oil was 26 dollars a barrel in 2003 and today it is reaching 140- the fiscal crisis in the United States, which has conveyed its shockwaves to all over Europe, and to inflation that is developing into the greatest problem worldwide.

    "In an environment of intensifying competition, in an environment that knows no borders, governments cannot act effectively, if they do not take into consideration international factors. They must cooperate with their political and economic partners, but above all with the international organisations. They must consult each other so as to regulate the rules of international trade, capital flows, protection for the environment. They must shape conditions of extroversion so that they can adjust themselves easier, speedier and more effectively to global changes," he said.

    Focusing on European developments and on Greece's position, Karamanlis said "Greece is proceeding in the 21st century having its equal presence in the European Union as a basis and pursuing the development of relations of cooperation with all its neighbours. We believe that the EU, despite the slackness of some of its members, is the force of our common future. It is a force of change, not only for its member-states, but for the entire continent as well. Its strategy towards globalisation and the uncertainties that it entails, based on the one hand on the Stability and Development Pact and on the other on the Lisbon Strategy, guarantees a more secure and encouraging course in the difficult times of the new century."


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