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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-02-01

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  • [01] FM Avramopoulos in Estonia on Friday
  • [02] Dep. Development minister addresses Brussels event on investing in Greece
  • [03] City of Parga draws the spotlight at EMITT Tourism Exhibition in Istanbul

  • [01] FM Avramopoulos in Estonia on Friday

    AMNA--Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos will be on an official visit to Estonia on Friday, Feb. 1 for bilateral consultations with his counterpart Urmas Paet.

    Avramopoulos will also meet with Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip, Parliament President Ene Ergma and Metropolitan Stephanos of Tallinn and All Estonia.

    He is scheduled to address an audience at the Estonian foreign ministry and deliver a speech on "Greece's geostrategic role in Southeast Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean".

    [02] Dep. Development minister addresses Brussels event on investing in Greece

    AMNA--Greece's Deputy Development Minister Notis Mitarakis on Thursday addressed business people and diplomats attending an event organised by New Democracy MEPs at the European Parliament, speaking about investment opportunities in Greece during the economic crisis.

    Other speakers on the investment climate in Greece included Delhaize group executive Philippe Dechamps and Hewlett-Packard's Senior Vice-President for Operations Tony Prophet, both of which underlined their commitment to existing investments in Greece, now and in the future, and their confidence in the changes in Greek infrastructure.

    Mitarakis stressed that Greece's strategic priority was to remain in the euro and said that the country was gradually starting to regain credibility abroad, as reflecting by a rise in investment interest. He also noted that Greece's coalition government was determined to turn the country into a "safe haven for investments" that would lead to growth and new jobs.amna

    The minister noted that, in spite of a recession of unprecedented depth and duration, Greece had achieved the greatest fiscal consolidation of any country in the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and that its image as a business destination was changing for the better, as reflected by the latest World Bank report and the Euro Plus Monitor for 2012, where it was ranked top among European countries for the rate of structural reform and fiscal consolidation.amna

    He said that the government was giving weight to five areas in the bid to attract investments: fiscal consolidation, restoring liquidity in the market, structural reforms, a new development law speeding up the issue of permits for major investments and exploiting state property.

    "We are transforming Greece from the country of red tape that created obstacles to investments to the country of the red carpet and a safe harbour for investments," he said.

    [03] City of Parga draws the spotlight at EMITT Tourism Exhibition in Istanbul

    AMNA--The city of Parga drew the spotlight at the 2013 Eastern Mediterranean International Travel & Tourism Exhibition (EMITT) held recently in Istanbul.

    The northwestern Greek city in Thesprotia region became the most popular destination for Turkish visitors following the popular Turkish TV series "Suleiman the Magnificent" and the sultan's Parga-born grand vizier Pargali Ibrahim.amna

    The Turkish TV channels CNN Turk, Star, TRT and the Turkish newspapers had special programmes and articles on Parga throughout the duration of the exhibition, from 24-27 January.amna

    Moreover, the Turkish tour operators who visited Parga's pavilion at the exhibition received a gift containing local products (oil olive, soap, clove and cinnamon).

    A special event was held at a central Istanbul hotel where the tourist product of Parga was presented to 30 major tourist agencies of Turkey.amna

    More information is available on AMNA web TV (in Greek) at

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