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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-01-28

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

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  • [01] Deputy FM Tsiaras in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • [02] Trolley employees suspend strike

  • [01] Deputy FM Tsiaras in North Rhine-Westphalia

    AMNA--Germany acknowledges the substantial steps taken by Greece, Greek deputy foreign minister Constantine Tsiaras told AMNA on Monday, shortly before winding up a visit to North Rhine-Westphalia state, during which he met with state government representatives, representatives of the Greek communities of Cologne, Dusseldorf and Bonne, the Greek Church, the German-Greek Chamber and Deutsche Welle.

    Tsiaras said that his visit took place at a time when the international climate vis-a-vis Greece has started to reverse, while it is also being acknowledged that Greece is making substantial efforts, with a heavy social cost, to advance the need reforms to contain the fiscal deficit and return to growth.amna

    North Rhine-Westphalia was the first stop in a series of visits he will be making in Germany over the coming period "for the purpose of strengthening relations with the active Greek community in Germany but also with German officials".

    "Regaining Greece's international credibility is a main priority," he explained, and underlined Germany's leading role in gaining the confidence of the European Union in the changes taking place in Greece.amna

    On his contacts with the local Greek communities, Tsiaras said the discussions focused on practical matters concerning the Greek communities, as well as the effort to attract investments to Greece, while he also briefed then on the initiative to create a new Council of Hellenes Abroad (SAE) and the relevant draft law, which has been currently put to public deliberation.amna

    "The new SAE gives the opportunity to every overseas Greek, wherever he may be, to participate substantively in a new body of vertical representation, better organised and efficient," he explained, adding that at this time Greece needs all the forces of Hellenism at its side. "The heart of such a large force beats here, in Germany. It is our duty to utilise it, building a two-sided relationship of credibility and confidence," he added.amna

    Earlier, German MEP of Greek descent and president of the Hellenic Business Association of Germany (DHW) George Hatzimarkakis, noted an improvement in Greek-German relations and of Greece's image abroad, after a meeting with Tsiaras.

    [02] Trolley employees suspend strike

    AMNA--Athens' trolley employees and urban bus technicians suspended their ongoing strike at noon Monday.

    However, bus drivers said that they will continue their strike until Wednesday when their union is due to convene.


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