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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-14

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  • [01] Papandreou addresses "Athens Summit 2009"
  • [02] 'Archaeology of the City of Athens' project now in digital form
  • [03] Unemployment up to 9.1pct

  • [01] Papandreou addresses "Athens Summit 2009"

    PASOK leader and Socialist International (SI) President Papandreou addresses "Athens Summit 2009"urges more green investments

    Greece will have to promote all necessary measures to increase "green" investments, main opposition PASOK and Socialist International (SI) President George Papandreou stressed on Tuesday, in his address to the "Athens Summit 2009" organized by the Institute for Climate and Energy Security.

    Papandreou stated that the country was lagging behind in terms of infrastructure for "green" development. He called for a "turn toward quality products and the use of new technologies in all sectors (transport, health, tourism)," underlining the importance of investing in human resources through education.

    He also noted that countries like Greece have huge potential as regards the development of Renewable Energy Sources (RES), such as wind power or geothermal energy, due to their geomorphology and climate, while he underlined the importance of decentralization through regional and local development.

    On the UN Climate Change Conference taking place in Copenhagen in December, he said that the main issue will be to promote good governance of the planet, that will allow the voices of all participating states to be heard.

    "Greece can play an important role as regards cooperation with the SE European countries and the Mediterranean region through 'green' diplomacy," he stated.

    Papandreou stressed that "green" development should be promoted as a means of making the planet viable while improving living standards for the people, adding that the conventional energy reserves will soon be depleted, leading eventually to new conflicts.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of main opposition PASOK and Socialist International (SI) president George Papandreou

    [02] 'Archaeology of the City of Athens' project now in digital form

    The chaotic layout and intense rhythms of Athens overshadow the historic past of the modern-day urban picture of the city. It is precisely this historic continuity of the Athenian urban landscape that the National Research Foundation (EIE) is attempting to bring to life in its digital project "Archaeology of the City of Athens", carried out in the framework of the "Information Society" Operational Program.

    The project constitutes the digitalisation of the texts of a series of 12 lectures held in 1994 that were contained in the sold-out publication of the same time issued by the EIE in 1996.

    The digital version, however, is enriched and supplemented with additional chapters, while the historical continuity and evolution of the Athenian landscape from the pre-historic years to the present is further enhanced with literary sources and historical accounts in both their original form and in Modern Greek translation.

    Further, the texts, which have also been translated into English, are accompanied by a plethora of pictorial material resulting from massive research (original photographs, depictions, drawings, maps, topographical diagrams, building floor plans), while a significant addition is the rich Contemporary Monuments Database, and also a historical documentary dedicated to the Preservable Neo-Classical buildings of Athens with texts by Yiannis Tsarouchis and images by Spyros Vassiliou, scripted, produced and directed by Nikos Grammatikopoulos.

    The digital edition can be viewed on the EIE's website at

    [03] Unemployment up to 9.1pct

    Greece's unemployment rate jumped to 9.1 pct in February, from 8.0 pct in February 2008 and 9.0 pct in February 2007, the National Statistical Service said on Thursday.

    The statistics agency said the number of unemployed people totaled 450,997 in February, up from 394,169 in the same month last year and 440,982 in February 2007. Unemployment among men was 7.0 pct and 12.3 pct for women, while young people, aged 15-24, recorded the highest unemployment rate (25.7 pct).

    The unemployment rate was 17.3 pct in South Aegean, 12.3 pct in Western Greece, 11.8 pct in Western Macedonia and 12.6 pct in Ionian islands. Unemployment was 10.4 pct in Epirus, 7.2 pct in Thessaly, 6.9 pct in the Peloponese, 9.8 pct in Crete and 8.0 pct in Attica.

    The number of employed people fell 1.1 pct in February, compared with the corresponding month last year.

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