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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-01-04

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  • [01] Premier:'We shape a new future"
  • [02] Transport Minister visits Athens Metro exhibit

  • [01] Premier:'We shape a new future"

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis referred to the goals ahead for 2006, during separate statements at the annual meeting of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry (EBEA) on Wednesday.

    "Society is asking us to change things. This is what we are doing, with faith in the capabilities of Greek citizens; by trusting citizens we are shaping a new future day by day," Karamanlis said.

    "We are winning the battle for the reduction of deficits and we are doing so through the mildest possible adjustment. We have achieved among the higher growth rates in the EU after years of investment inactivity and Greece is finally attracting the interest of foreign investors," he added.

    On his part, Alogoskoufis said that the government is forging ahead with a plan and with reforms in order to create a new, dynamic and modern economy.

    The objective, he said, is prosperity for all citizens.

    Alogoskoufis added that the government's economic policy is paying off, that the 2005 deficit has been reduced, that unemployment has been contained and that Greece achieved one of the highest growth rates in the EU.

    Regarding 2006, Alogoskoufis said the government will continue along the same lines, adding that the deficit will, for the first time, drop below 3% of GDP.

    [02] Transport Minister visits Athens Metro exhibit

    Transport and Communications Minister Michalis Liapis and Deputy Minister Anastasios Neratzis visited the Athens Metro event "Cultural Journeys aboard the Metro" on Wednesday.

    During the event, a photography exhibit organised by the rehabilitation organisation "18 Ano" was also inaugurated, followed by a presentation of a work created by Christos Papanikolaou especially for the Agios Dimitrios metro station.

    Liapis said that the Athens Metro has a dynamic presence in the city's daily life and cultural events.

    "The Transport and Communications Ministry supports these efforts sending a message of awareness and sensitivity; an optimistic message against drugs," he said.

    Liapis also announced that the new Olympic Airlines' executive board will be appointed within the month of January.

    Asked about a mass transit fare hike, Liapis said that one is planned but will have to be determined after discussions with Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis.

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