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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-02

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  • [01] PASOK leader to address event on party's anniversary
  • [02] Bill on nat'l gas pipeline ratified

  • [01] PASOK leader to address event on party's anniversary

    Main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) President George Papandreou will address a party rally at Theission, central Athens, on Wednesday evening on the occasion of the 34th anniversary of the party's foundation (September 3, 1974).

    Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, party spokesman George Papaconstantinou, said Papandreou's speech will focus on "the Greek citizen's problems and PASOK's proposal's for overcoming the crisis."

    The spokesman also praised the position taken by EU leaders at the previous day's EU summit in Brussels, which was urgently convened to focus on the recent Caucasus crisis.

    "It was positive that the position of not taking blind measures against Russia prevailed. For the EU, the development of mutually beneficial relations and equality is a matter of institutional significance," spokesman George Papaconstantinou told reporters at a regular briefing.

    [02] Bill on nat'l gas pipeline ratified

    Parliament on Tuesday evening voted with an increased majority in favor of the bill ratifying the agreement for the creation of a natural gas pipeline between Greece and Russia.

    The Communist Party of Greece (KKE) and the Radical Left Coalition (SYRIZA) cast a blank vote.

    Without disputing the necessity of the project, the KKE expressed its objections over ?the maximization of the profits of capital? and to the profits of the major groups (instead of a state-owned people's energy agency).

    On its part, SYRIZA expressed its ?serious reservations? on the environmental issues which accompany the construction.

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