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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-05

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  • [01] PM Karamanlis at 73rd TIF on Friday

  • [01] PM Karamanlis at 73rd TIF on Friday

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Friday began his three-day visit to Thessaloniki, on the occasion of the 73rd Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), with tours of the National Research and Technological Development Centre's new building complex and construction works at the port city's metro.

    "The Thessaloniki metro project is proceeding with a fast pace and based on the construction time frame that we have placed ... At this moment, construction is taking place at 13 worksites, with the assembly of the first boring machine having begun, so that tunneling under the city can commence. The citizens of Thessaloniki will be able in a short while to use their own metro system," the prime minister said, adding that the archaeological finds uncovered by the metro works constitute the biggest excavation in the area's history.

    The TIF's inauguration will be taking place on Saturday morning and immediately afterwards the prime minister will visit the TIF-HELEXPO's administration and exhibition premises, while in the evening he will address representatives of producer classes at the Vellidio Convention Centre.

    The prime minister's visit to Thessaloniki will be concluded at noon on Sunday with the customary press conference at the same venue.

    In another development, the premier spoke on Thursday evening at the inauguration of the Athens National Observatory's Geoastrophysics Museum, announcing the more than doubling of the Foundation's funds by the year 2013, as well as a new institutional framework for research and technology.

    Karamanlis also said there was encouragement for the attraction of competitive research funds which, together with the hard work and the volunteerism shown by the Foundation's leadership and staff, the Observatory can and must continue to constitute a bright example for the country.

    The example of the Athens National Observatory "is yet another resounding proof that Greece has people with talent, capabilities and an inclination for creative work and for the production and dissemination of new knowledge in our society."

    The event was attended by President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias and Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos.

    Caption: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis tours a metro construction site near the Thessaloniki railway station on Friday, Sept. 5, 2008. ANA-MPA / N. ARVANITIDIS.

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