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

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  • [01] Progress in administrative reform reviewed
  • [02] Papandreou visits fire-stricken village on Rhodes

  • [01] Progress in administrative reform reviewed

    Prime miister Costas Karamanlis met on Friday with interior minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos to review progress in the Operational Plan for Administrative Reform.

    Pavlopoulos explained to reporters after the meeting that the 630 million euros operational plan had four main aspects comprising the upgrading of administrative services, the human potential, the policy on equality, and technical support.

    He elaborated that the first aspect concerned the upgrading of the state civil and administrative structures, with a budget of 327 million euros.

    The second aspect regarding the human potential had a budget of 213 million euros, while the third aspect concerned equality policies, with a budget of some 65 million euros. The fourth aspect, which concerned technical support, had a budget of 15 million euros.

    The minister also said that the 85 million euros program for eliminating bureaucracy and corruption was being materialised, of which 27 million euros in related projects have already been contracted.

    [02] Papandreou visits fire-stricken village on Rhodes

    Main opposition leader George Papandreou, on holiday on the island of Rhodes in the Dodecanese island complex, southeastern Aegean, on Friday night visited the village of Laermon in Lindos municipality which had been devastated by wildfires last summer, where he met with local residents and was briefed by local officials on the problems and delays in the restoration of the fire-stricken areas.

    Papandreou criticised the government for lack of prevention, coordination, staffing and ability to immediately face the crisis, as well as for lack of funding for the reconstruction of the area.

    The PASOK leader said that such situations cannot be faced "with patches", adding that a plan was required.

    He stressed that central but also decentralised planning, coordination and political volition are necessary -- rather than a 'clientele mentality' and wasteful spending -- through the proper use of the Greek people's money.

    The attitude needed was one of comprehensive restructure, he continued, adding that it was necessary to provide an economic prospect, green development, association of the reconstruction with new forms of productive identity, from tourism to the farming sector.

    This, Papandreou explained, requires an overall planning "because we will not leave thise areas to their fate", and in order to give a prospect to them.

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