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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-03-09

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] ND criticism of govāt policies
  • [02] US embassy co-organises tree-planting project near Marathon
  • [03] Papandeou-Pelosi meeting in D.C.
  • [04] Building activity down in '09
  • [05] 4th popular EU tourist destination

  • [01] ND criticism of govāt policies

    (ANA-MPA) -- Main opposition New Democracy (ND) party, via spokesman Panos Panagiotopoulos, on Tuesday reiterated its demand that the government to change or withdraw altogether a controversial draft law on immigration. Panagiotopoulos said the draft law "leads Greek society to dangerous dead-ends and if implemented Greece will become a pole of attraction for illegal migrants."

    [02] US embassy co-organises tree-planting project near Marathon

    (ANA-MPA) -- The US embassy in Athens, in cooperation with the historic municipality of Marathon and NGO "Green Belt", held a reforestation project at the Marathon archaeological museum site of Vranas on Thursday.

    High school students from the Nea Ionia district along with teachers, NGO leaders, US embassy programme alumni, the embassy community, and other individuals participated. A special tour of the archaeological museum followed the tree-planting portion of the event.

    Before planting the first tree, US ambassador Daniel Speckhard joined Marathon Mayor Spyros Zagaris in welcoming the volunteers. The site was ravaged during a wildfire in the summer of 2009.

    "It will be 2,500 years from the Battle of Marathon later this year, and I am proud that we will contribute to the beauty of this area," Speckhard said at the event.

    [03] Papandeou-Pelosi meeting in D.C.

    WASHINGTON (ANA-MPA / T. Ellis) - US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated here that Greece would not be left alone in the current economic crisis.

    Speaking after talks on Tuesday with visiting Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, the California Democrat referred to the strong ties between the United States and Greece as well as to the important role of the Greek-American community. She added that the United States would stand by Greece and the Greek people in these difficult moments.

    [04] Building activity down in '09

    (ANA-MPA) -- Building activity dropped 22.3 pct in volume in December 2009, compared with the same month in 2008, although building permits fell only 3.1 pct in the same period, the National Statistical Service announced on Tuesday.

    [05] 4th popular EU tourist destination

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA) - Greece is the fourth most popular tourist destination in the European Union for 2010, according to the EU Eurobarometer poll, unveiled on Tuesday. The most popular tourist destination in the EU is Spain, followed by Italy and France. Responding to the question "where do you intend to go for holidays in 2010", 8.3 percent said Spain, 6.1 picked Italy, 5.8 percent prefer France and 3.9 percent said Greece.
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