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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-10-21

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

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  • [01] The Great Adventure at the Athens Planetarium
  • [02] DM Venizelos at SEDM meeting

  • [01] The Great Adventure at the Athens Planetarium

    The Athens Planetarium, the first planetarium in Greece, was founded in 1966 by the Eugenides Foundation, and is considered one of the best planetariums in the world.

    In 2003, the Foundation established an innovative high-tech Digital Planetarium with a signature central dome that is 25 meters in diameter, has a surface area of 935 square meters, and an impressive 360 degree three-dimensional view.

    The seats are equipped with an interactive unit that controls the display to ensure a maximum degree of comfort for each visitor, while real-time images allow the public to plan an active role.

    Currently on show at the Planetarium is a new digital presentation titled "The Great Adventure", which is the second of a trilogy on the theme Man and Outer Space in the past, present and future.-PA/Str

    [02] DM Venizelos at SEDM meeting

    Sofia (ANA-MPA / B. Borisov) -- Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos stressed that "for decades, Greece has been steadfastly promoting all forms of cooperation among the SE European countries and, within this framework, defense cooperation is very important for stability and cooperation in the greater region."

    Venizelos, who attended Wednesday the annual Southeast Europe Defence Ministerial (SEDM) conference in Sofia, pointed out that the stance adopted by Greece is to facilitate the prospects for accession into the European and Euro-Atlantic institutions for all countries in the region depending on their maturity and the course they follow or have to follow based on the international and European standards. "It is very important to watch this cooperation assume a tangible form and I am glad because I see that there is always room to develop further," Venizelos told ANA-MPA in response to a question on the key points of Greece's contribution to the SE Europe defence ministers' cooperation.

    "On the sidelines of the summit I had the opportunity to speak with many of my counterparts, including the ministers of defense of Albania, Turkey and FYROM, and I wish to point out that the atmosphere was very constructive," he added.

    Replying to a question by a foreign press agency correspondent as regards the challenges faced by Greece's 2010 defense budget in the wake of the consequences stemming from the global financial crisis, Venizelos expressed the government's intent to continue with the upgrading of the armed forces based on "rational and transparent" foundations.

    He added that the efforts that need to be made and the unavoidable measures that will have to be adopted to cut the budget's deficit will not have a negative effect either on the operational readiness or the fighting potential of the armed forces.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Defence Minister Evangelos Venizelos


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