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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-16

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

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  • [01] PM tours New Acropolis Museum
  • [02] Papandreou addresses Beijing seminar

  • [01] PM tours New Acropolis Museum

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Saturday toured the New Acropolis Museum a month before Greeceās newest and state-of-the-art museum opens to the public some 400 metres beneath the Acropolis Hill.

    "We are in the final stretch towards the official inauguration," Karamanlis told reporters following his tour with Culture Minister Antonis Samaras.

    "To the one million people expected to visit the Acropolis and the new museum every year we are sending out the message that modern Greeks, in practice and with specific works, are honoring our history and civilisation," the premier said, stressing that Hellenic culture remains one of the most significant cornerstones of world civilisation.

    Karamanlis was also accompanied by New Acropolis Museum's director, Prof. Dimitris Pantermalis, and the head of the prime minister's press office, Yiannis Andrianos.

    [02] Papandreou addresses Beijing seminar

    BEIJING (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition PASOK leader and Socialist International (SI) president George Papandreou and the Communist Party of China called for a "different developmental model", that of a green economy, during a joint seminar in Beijing on Friday morning (local time) organised by the Chinese party.

    Papandreou, in statements on the sidelines of the seminar, said that the need for such a developmental model had been jointly ascertained by SI and the Communist Party of China.

    He said that for this to be accomplished, "we need to break out of the rationale that the market will solve everything". A new planning for protection of the environment is needed, he added, stressing that green economy was a guarantee for sustainable development, for new jobs, quality of life and prosperity for all.

    Earlier, in an opening address to the seminar, Papandreou referred to the great importance of cooperation between SI and the Communist Party of China on the two timely issues of the global financial crisis and climate change, and stressed SI's will for further upgrading of those relations, noting that the seminar was proof of that desire.

    The new areas proposed by Papandreou for expansion of cooperation are of a strategic nature and concern peace and disarmament while, referring to the global financial crisis, the PASOK leader said that it has brought to the surface all the disadvantages and imbalances of what he called the "fundamentalism" of the free market.

    "It is our duty to adopt a new model of growth, that of green development, and a new model of governance," Papandreou stressed, adding that the upcoming global conference on the environment and climate change to take place in Copenhagen in the autumn was a "very big challenge", particularly on how the governments will handle the issue of sustainable growth.

    Papandreou said that green development was a "conditio sine qua non" for the prosperity of all, noting that, if adopted, everyone would benefit.

    He further noted the problems that could arise due to lack of sufficient oil and natural gas reserves in the world, stressing that this rendered mandatory a turn to renewable energy sources (RES). In this way, he added, armed clashes and conflagrations could be averted in the future.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou


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