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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-01-08

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  • [01] Papandreou tours Serres prefecture
  • [02] EU satisfied with decision opening job market to Romanian, Bulgarian citizens
  • [03] KKE on Gaza conflict

  • [01] Papandreou tours Serres prefecture

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Thursday continued a tour of the northeastern Serres prefecture, where he underlined the need for a revival of the country's' agricultural sector.

    "We believe in a new generation of farmers that will consciously choose the farming profession," he said, adding that the vocation must be upgraded and better established.

    "We must invest in knowledge and education, but also for new collective agencies in order for the new generation of farmers to become the spearhead of 'green (bio/eco-friendly) growth', which will result in the identification and quality-assurance of Greek products," he concluded.

    Later in the day, Papandreou will address a supporters' rally and afterwards will confer with local PASOK party officials.

    [02] EU satisfied with decision opening job market to Romanian, Bulgarian citizens

    The European Commission on Thursday expressed its satisfaction over a decision by Greece, Spain, Hungary and Portugal to lift restrictions for Romanian and Bulgarian nationals in their respective job markets, a decision effective as of Dec. 31, 2008.

    The Commission stated that after the decision Bulgarian and Romanian nationals will be able to travel freely in 14 EU member-states. Another 10 EU members that have not lifted the restriction must do so by December 2013.

    Denmark announced that will open its job market to Bulgarians and Romanian by May 1, 2009.

    [03] KKE on Gaza conflict

    Communist party leader Aleka Papariga on Thursday stressed that the Israeli attacks against Gaza must stop without conditions and engagements, "because the attacker cannot pose conditions".

    Speaking at a press conference after her return from Ramallah two days ago, she pointed out the need for the immediate creation of an independent Palestinian state and the immediate withdrawal of Israel forces from all Arab countries.

    "What's cited as the pretext for the attack, election expediencies or Hamas' provocations, is hypocritical".

    Referring to certain Arab countries' positions, Papariga said these countries are US "outposts" or are interested in controlling the region.

    She also took aim at main opposition PASOK leader and Socialist International (SI) president George Papandreou, citing a statement by Israeli Defence Minister and SI vice-president Ehud Barak, charging that Mr. Papandreou "must be happy with his vice president".

    Referring to Wednesday's Cabinet reshuffle, the KKE leader said prime minister proceeds with a reshuffle when he wants to create the impression of changing something, "but the truth is that Mr. Karamanlis wants to gain time until the people test the new Cabinet."

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