|Thursday, 7 December 2023|
The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 09-06-02
From: The Hellenic Radio (ERA) <www.ert.gr/>
 Swift Action on Climate ChangeIn his speech at the international conference entitled "Global warming challenge for future generations", Prime-minister Kostas Karamanlis underlined the need for global effort, political intervention and coordinated moves to rescue the environment.
Also the Prime-minister spoke about investing on new economy with respect to the environment . Mr. Karamanlis described global warming as more dangerous than the impacts of the global financial crisis. He also stressed that environmental, poverty and immigration issues could not be dealt at national level. "If we do not take actions fast, the situation will be irreversible" stressing that development at the expense of the environment is destructive. Mr. Karamanlis referred to the government's actions to promote green energy , underlined that the country has for the first time drawn city planning designs. Furthermore he said that Greece is among the 4 EU member states to achieve Kyoto protocol targets till 2012 and has a leading role in the EU regarding protection of the environment.
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 Arrest Warrant against Karavelas' DaughterSpecial prosecutor issued yesterday an arrest warrant against the daughter of Siemens' former director of finance Christos Karavelas for money laundering. Mr. Karavelas' wife and his other two daughters have also been called to testify today to the prosecutor. Based on investigation, Karavelas had mutual bank accounts with his family members. Based on their balances after investigation, money were transferred to banks abroad in 2008.
Karavelas' counselor states that Mr. Karavelas is in Germany and will testify to German authorities shortly. His defense will be based on the fact that if he is found guilty for the offences he is being charged by the Greek authorities, he will ask from German justice to intervene as his offences took place in Germany. For that reason, the charges of bribery and money laundry he is facing in Greece are considered regulatory offences in Germany.
Accused G. Skarpelis and I. Georgiou who are still under detention in the headquarters of police department will testify on Wednesday. Their counselors ask an extension as they have not received the briefs of the cases yet due to bureaucratic reasons.
Sworn Administrative Investigation (EDE) for Delays
Meantime Greek FM Dora Bakoyiannis ordered a Sworn Administrative Investigation (EDE) to be conducted for the delay reported in foreign affairs services regarding the bank update on Mr. Karavelas' transactions in Uruguay.
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