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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-05-30

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  • [01] PM inaugurates segment of Egnatia
  • [02] Papandreou tours coastal Olympic facilities
  • [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

  • [01] PM inaugurates segment of Egnatia

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Saturday toured a recently completed stretch of the Egnatia motorway spanning the breadth of northern Greece , as the particular section, constructed in a remote mountainous section of the closed highway, was considered as amongst the most difficult.

    "The Egnatia motorway is a project that will change citizens' lives throughout Greece . It's also unique in Greece , given the nature of the project. I am thoroughly impressed," the premier said, ahead of next weekend's Euro-Parliament elections.

    "We are very proud that this project was completed on time and during our governance. We are also very proud because all the difficult sections were completed and built in an exceptional way and with respect to the environment," he added.

    A brief ceremony was held near the Venetiko junction, east of the city of Ioannina , the last section connecting the roadway with the town of Grevena . A smaller section of the motorway connecting Ioannina with the Ionian port town of Igoumenitsa will be delivered in June.

    Caption: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis speaks at the inauguration of an Egnatia motorway section on Saturday 30 May 2009. ANA-MPA/ALEXANDROS BELTES

    [02] Papandreou tours coastal Olympic facilities

    Main opposition PASOK party leader George Papandreou on Saturday toured several 2004 Olympic Games facilities at Aghios Kosmas and Faliro districts of southern coastal Athens .

    Papandreou said his party will ?face all minor and major interests? that block efforts to create a unified recreational and cultural coastline from the working class Piraeus district of Drapetsona, in the west, to the upscale seaside suburb of Glyfada, in the east.

    "We have a huge natural wealth, one of the most beautiful Mediterranean beaches and the Greek people invested in the Athens Olympic Games in order to have access to the beach," Papandreou said, adding that "after five years of New Democracy government the facilities are totally abandoned.?.

    He said that these things must end and promised that PASOK will rectify the situation.

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

    [03] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Saturday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    The European Parliament election next weekend and developments in local Siemens case dominated headlines on Saturday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "University entry exams concluded".

    APOGEVMATINI: "Minimum passing grade higher in most colleges".

    AVGHI: "Both mainstream parties sinking and seeking life vest".

    CHORA: "Bogus companies made 'suspicious payments'."

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Another former Siemens Hellas executive seeks refuge abroad".

    ELEFTHEROS: "Education Minister Aris Spiliotopoulos to newspaper: We must correctly read elections results".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "2.5 million watched political leaders' debate".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Another man charged in Siemens case disappears".

    ESTIA: "Economy not discussed in Thursday's TV debate".

    ETHNOS: "First indications on passing grades".

    KATHIMERINI: "Poll indicates that gap between ruling New Democracy and main opposition closing".

    LOGOS: "Party staff satisfied from debate - People disappointed".

    NIKI: "They're escaping like gents - Second Siemens Hellas executive escaped abroad with three million dollars".

    VRADYNI: "Teachers' predictions on university entry grades".

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