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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-10-02

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] PM pledges to continue reforms
  • [02] Church of Greece meeting
  • [03] Gate unearthed in ancient Pelinna

  • [01] PM pledges to continue reforms

    The government will persevere with the reforms needed to put the country on track and not back down, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis underlined on Thursday. He made the statement after chairing a meeting of the full cabinet to discuss the global economic crisis. He also announced a government initiative for an off-the-agenda debate in Parliament on the repercussions of the crisis, saying he had already contacted Parliament President Dimitris Sioufas to make the arrangements.

    "Greece has only one path it can take. The path that leads ahead. And I am here to push things forward. This government was elected to change things and it will change things. This is the mandate I was given and intend to honour," Karamanlis said.

    He also urged his ministers to stick to "real politics", stressing that the reforms will proceed because the country has not the luxury to wait.

    The premier emphasised the global economic crisis and said he had asked for a Parliamentary debate in order to inform the parties and the people about its repercussions and also the government's policy.

    Karamanlis called on ministers to quickly process legislation aimed at improving citizens' everyday life. "Our target is to make the social protection net safer and more powerful," he said and announced that a heating oil allowance will be the first step in this direction, along with the passage of legislation to protect borrowers and for the Social Cohesion Fund.

    Karamanlis also said that the last five years the country was on a "trajectory of reforms" and was standing up against the "organised interests" that had been "manipulating the system in the last decades".

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photograph of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis

    [02] Church of Greece meeting

    Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece referred to the Church-State cooperation addressing the meeting of the hierarchy of the Church of Greece. Speaking before the hierarchs on Wednesday, Archbishop Ieronymos stressed that a well-governed state and a Church that ministers to the same people have a duty to cooperate to the public's benefit, commenting on the recent monastery property scandal. The Archbishop stated that the problem with which Hellenism is faced is how to survive in a constantly changing world, pointing out that the sweeping technological advances cause a series of chain reactions in the economic and social life unavoidably leading to a radical reorganization of humanity.

    The Church hierarchy meeting continues Thursday focusing on ecclesiastical education issues.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Ieronymos

    [03] Gate unearthed in ancient Pelinna

    A large gate dated back to the ancient Greek times was brought to light during archaeological excavations in the region of ancient Pelinna, located along the east bank of Pineios River in Trikala Prefecture, Thessaly in central Greece. Pelinna is first mentioned by Pindar (522-438 B.C.), the greatest Greek lyric poet, who refers to it as the homeland of Hippocles a winner in the Pythian Games in 498 BC. The games were held at Delphi every four years (the third of each Olympiad) and included musical, literary, and athletic contests held in honor of Apollo, one of the Greek gods. The games were named after Pythia, the priestess of the oracle at Delphi.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of the archaeological site of Delphi.


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