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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-09-06

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

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  • [01] Protest at TIF site
  • [02] Govt striving for price stability

  • [01] Protest at TIF site

    Plans for a protest against the annual Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) that opened on Saturday, consisting of a human chain surrounding TIF facilities and the 3rd Army Corps grounds, were unveiled by the municipal council faction "Initiative for Thessaloniki" on Friday.

    The head of the local government party Yiannis Boutaris, who held a press conference on "The City and the Exhibition" on Friday, underlined that the site occupied by the fair organisers HELEXPO and the army base should be converted into a park.

    "The trade fair has veered from its goal and become a political fest-bazaar," Boutaris said, adding that he would seek meetings with the heads of the political parties in order to discuss local government issues.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photograph of the OTE tower in downtown Thessaloniki, opposite the HELEXPO-TIF site.

    [02] Govt striving for price stability

    The Greek government will work hard to combat price increases in the domestic market, Development Minister Christos Folias said on Saturday. Speaking to reporters, during the inauguration of the ministry's pavillion in the 73rd Thessaloniki International Fair, Folias said most of the 41 measures announced by the government to combat price increases, have already been introduced, while the ministry has strengthened the regulatory framework of market controls. The Greek minister stressed that 2008 was a year of significant steps made towards deregulating the domestic energy market and promoting three energy deals of major significance for the country and the region, such as a bilateral agreement between Greece and Russia to build a natural gas pipeline, the operation of a Greek-Turkish natural gas pipeline and the construction of an oil pipeline between Burgas and Alexandroupoli.

    "We want our energy initiatiaves to have friends everywhere and to be evaluated as a positive contribution to region cooperation and stability," Folias said.

    Commenting on Public Power Corporation, Folias reiterated that the Greek state will hold 51 pct of the enterprise. PPC's chairman and chief executive, Takis Athanasopoulos, said an internal reorganisation plan of the enterprise aims to significantly cut spending and vowed that no one will lose his job. Athanasopoulos said PPC will soon announce two significant projects in Albania.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photograph of Development Minister Christos Folias.


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