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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-03-28

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  • [01] Papandreou in Chile, then on to New York
  • [02] Tourism-boosting measures to be announced

  • [01] Papandreou in Chile, then on to New York

    Main opposition PASOK leader and Socialist International (SI) George Papandreou is in Chile for a 2-day conference organized by the Chilean government and the British think tank Policy Network on the theme "Progressive Governance - Respose to the Global Crisis: For a future in a progressive direction", which opened Friday in the town of Vina Del Mar.

    Papandreou will be the keynote speaker on Saturday during a working dinner of the world leaders attending the conference, including British prime minister Gordon Brown, US vice president Joe Biden, Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, Spanish prime minister Jose Luiz Rodriguez Zapatero, Argentine president Cristina Fernandez and Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez.

    The conference is being hosted by Chilean president Michelle Bachelet.

    Papandreou is due on Sunday to fly from Chile to New York, to attend the final session of the Stiglitz Committee before it submits its proposals to the G-20 summit.

    [02] Tourism-boosting measures to be announced

    Transport and Communications minister Evrypides Stylianidis revealed on Saturday that the government intended to announce, in the next few days, a suspension of fees paid by airplanes, in order to boost tourism amidst the global financial crisis, clarifying that the suspension would apply at regional airports and would be effective during the period from April to September.

    Speaking during a press conference on the island of Samos, Stylianidis also said that additional relief measures being advanced by his ministry in cooperation with the Tourism ministry would be announced on Thursday, aimed at ameliorating problems arising due to the crisis.

    The minister further noted the ongoing upgrading of the country's airports and coverage of the operational gaps in civil aviation.

    Stylianidis who is on Samos for the inauguration of the Wi Fi (wireless network) antenna in the areas of Karlovasi, Pythagorio and Vathy, earlier chaired a meeting of the local Prefectural authority, while he was also scheduled to meet with party officials and address a gathering in Karlovasi on the theme "Political developments: the next steps".

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