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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-12-11

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  • [01] PM Papandreou addresses EU summit
  • [02] Significant snowfall in N.Greece

  • [01] PM Papandreou addresses EU summit

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA/V. Mourtis) - Prime Minister George Papandreou, addressing the European Union summit here on Thursday evening, stressed that Greece is ready and determined to make the necessary changes and take immediate institutional measures for the economy.

    The Greek prime minister was the first and only leader to raise the issue of the Greek economy, since by the time he had made his address none of the other European leaders had made any reference.

    References were made by European leaders after Papandreou's address and all were positive and, among others, included German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

    Papandreou outlined the policy that he has decided to implement and concerns, among other things, structural changes.

    The prime minister also referred to Greece's great potential that has not yet been utilised, a potential that can be based on green energy and on the green economy and tourism in general and that creates optimism about the country's future.

    Papandreou further said that he is determined to change Greece's economic model and called on the EU's 27 leaders to work together and cooperate with a sense of support and solidarity.

    He expressed full confidence in Greece and the Greeks because, as he said, the country had experienced serious economic crises in the past as well, that it had handled with determination.

    Later in the evening, the prime minister would be attending a working dinner together with the other leaders, where the Copenhagen summit, climatic changes and the EU's institutional issues were to be discussed.

    [02] Significant snowfall in N.Greece

    Numerous roadways in northern Greece, particularly in the northern part of central Macedonia centring around Mt. Kaimaktsalan, remained closed on Friday due to heavy snowfall. Elsewhere to the west, snow tires were required on vehicles heading towards the town of Veria, Kastoria and Florina.

    On the plus side, most ski resorts of northern Greece reported the first substantial snowfall of the season, thereby inaugurating their winter season.

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