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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-03-31

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

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  • [01] PM briefed by Culture Minister
  • [02] Disabled children go bowling

  • [01] PM briefed by Culture Minister

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis conferred on Monday with Culture Minister Michalis Liapis, who said in reply to press questions afterwards that the ministry was formulating a new strategy for rationalisation of expenditures, while subsidisations by the ministry would be founded on the criterion of the interests of culture, and not on petty political party expediencies.

    "Everything will be assessed and checked. There is transparency, all the decisions will be made public, and all the discussions in the ministry's institutional bodies will be open to the press," Liapis said.

    He said that the ministry could emerge strengthened from its recent crisis, and in this direction the infamous 'special account' was being abolished. Beginning with the new ministry budget, all the expenditures would be contained in the state budget, so that there could be daily checks, Liapis explained.

    The goal, he continued, was to strengthen the cultural heritage as well as contemporary culture.

    Liapis further announced that parliament was due to vote on a bill under which a managerial authority would be set up at the ministry, enabling it to participate in the 4th Community Support Framework (CSF), which meant that, for the next five years, the ministry would have the ability to make cultural investments with EU funds.

    He described this as a "great success", given that the relevant amendment had been a demand of all the political forces.

    Liapis said he also discussed the ministry's finances iwth the prime minister, given that "culture requires money", and added that the ministry has the undivided backing and willingness on the part of the premier, within the framework of the country's fiscal policy, for its financial support.

    The minister said he also briefed Karamanlis on sports issues, and chiefly a bill aimed at curbing violence on the sports fields, which would be discussed by parliament in the next few days.

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis.

    [02] Disabled children go bowling

    A bowling tournament for children with disabilities was organized by the Municipality of Veria in northern Greece within the framework of the ?Dimitrios Vikelas? Sports and Youth Year.

    It was a unique experience for fifty schoolchildren attending special schools and workshops in the prefecture of Imathia as most of them went bowling for the first time.


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