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The Hellenic Radio (ERA): News in English, 10-10-08

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  • [01] ND Leader Strongly Criticizes the PM
  • [02] PM Attends Presentation of Digital School in Limnos
  • [03] FinMin: Positive Climate for Investments

  • [01] ND Leader Strongly Criticizes the PM

    Friday, 08 October 2010 15:06


    From Tripolis, ND party leader A. Samaras launched a strong attack against George Papandreou speaking of a new storm of measures and lies underlining that even IMF chief Dominique Straus Khan belied the Prime-minister. Antonis Samaras called on Tripolis citizens to support ND party candidates stressing that casting a vote to PASOK candidates means a blank check in the hands of the government for stricter measures.

    In his counter response government spokesman George Petalotis spoke of ND party's unlimited hypocrisy since it is the party which during its rulings deceived EU partners and Greek people with altered data. ND leader, who is on a tour of Peloponnese prefectures in view of local administration elections, will visit Sparti on Friday afternoon and high ground villages in Arcadia on Saturday.

    Sources:NA/PA News item: 41700

    [02] PM Attends Presentation of Digital School in Limnos

    Friday, 08 October 2010 13:12


    From the Aegean island of Limnos, Prime-minister George Papandreou said we would succeed provided we believe in our forces and have confidence in our country. Mr. Papandreou visited the island to attend the official presentation of the Digital School by the Education Ministry leadership. The event was directly transmitted by the National School Network. In the morning the Prime-minister attended events marking the 98th anniversary of the islands liberation.

    After expressing his happiness for celebrating with the islanders the 98th anniversary of Limnos's liberation, Mr. Papandreou stressed "each Greek region has its beauties but also a huge number of productive human resources that has not been projected".

    "We only need to free this dynamic from wrong doings, rely on our longstanding values and traditions of our society for the growth of our country based on our comparative advantages and not borrowed forces", underlined the Prime-minister.

    And Mr. Papandreou added: " we will do this, and if we believe in our forces and have confidence in our country, we will succeed".

    The Prime-minister attended Te Deum at Agia Triada Church, next he laid a wreath at the monument of ones fallen for the liberation of Limnos and attended the students and military parade.

    The Prime-minister was accompanied by Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou and Education undersecretary Evi Hristofilopoulou, alternate Minister for Environment and Energy Nikos Sifunakis as well PASOK candidate for North Aegean governor Nasos Yiakalis.

    Sources: 105.8 - - NA-PA News item: 41689

    [03] FinMin: Positive Climate for Investments

    Friday, 08 October 2010 08:53


    Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, in interviews with CNBC television network and "Wall Street Journal" newspaper referred to the course of Greece' economy placing special emphasis on China and Qatar broad interest for investments in Greece.

    He also said that least one big postal company in Europe has expressed "explicit" interest in Greece's postal service, however, he did not name the company.

    Mr. Papaconstantinou expressed optimism on developments saying Greece was on track to meet its year-end targets, but conceded that lagging revenues remain a concern. He made particular reference to "sweeping structural reforms, fiscal purging and reforms in financial markets". He said changes would drive investments upwards and create jobs, and cited investments in the fields of infrastructure, real estate, tourism and shipping.

    Greek Finance Minister characteristically said:

    "Greece must re-discover itself and build on its traditional forces, creating new comparative advantages such as high technology and green energy. If you look at where we were three months ago, very few thought we would be where we are now. We are a country that took control of its destiny and made some serious long-term and short-term changes with positive consequences for its citizens".

    On Friday, Mr. Papakonstantinou will have a number of contacts with international investors in Washington and attend the annual Meeting of the International Monetary Fund.

    Sources: ANA News item: 41682

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