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

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM confers with Finance Minister
  • [02] PASOK on party electoral cooperations
  • [03] Migrants' Reception Centre
  • [04] Greek Culture in Belgrade

  • [01] PM confers with Finance Minister

    The economic situation and the international developments were discussed in the meeting Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis had on Wednesday with Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis at the Maximos mansion (government's headquarters). "The direction of our policy is given as regards fiscal and structural reforms which we intend to continue," Alogoskoufis stressed, adding that the implications stemming from international developments and the difficulties caused are taken under consideration.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis(R) and Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis(L).

    [02] PASOK on party electoral cooperations

    Main opposition PASOK spokeswoman Maria Karaklioumi said on Monday that electoral cooperations were the product of society's needs, while commenting on statements by Greek party officials over the weekend regarding prospective party collaborations.

    "PASOK has formulated its proposal, which concerns the cooperation with the forces of the Left, which the movement considers as ideologically close to it, while it rejected in a categorical manner any prospect of cooperation with the ruling New Democracy (ND) party," Karaklioumi added.

    The spokeswoman also clarified that PASOK's target "is only one, that is, victory and self-reliance in elections".

    "When PASOK is called on to rule, it will seek the consensus of the broadest possible sectors of society so that reforms which will be implemented can have the broadest possible acceptance," she pointed out.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of main opposition PASOK party headquarters

    [03] Migrants' Reception Centre

    Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos will inaugurate Friday the newly built Illegal Migrant Reception Centre and the prefectural authority building in Sparta, Lakonia Prefecture, in southern Greece. The 180sqm illegal migrant reception centre can host up to 42 people with separate accommodations for men, women and children. Since 2000, local authorities have intercepted a total of 1,272 illegal migrants, most of them from Asian countries, in 17 separate operations along the prefecture's coastline.

    [04] Greek Culture in Belgrade

    President of the Hellenic Foundation of Culture, George Babiniotis,announced on Tuesday the inauguration of a Greek Culture Center in Belgrade that will start operating from November, .

    Speaking at a press conference held in Belgrade, Babiniotis said the centre's activities will focus on projecting ancient and modern Greek civilisation and the promotion of cooperation between Greek and Serbian cultures.

    The centre, which will be housed in a building located in the centre of the Serbian capital and renovated by the Serbian state, will be inaugurated on November 6.

    Another task of the centre, Babiniotis also said, is the promotion of Greek language and the operation of a Greek library.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of the President of the Hellenic Foundation of Culture ,George Babiniotis.


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