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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-01-14

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  • [01] Gov't on latest opinion poll results
  • [02] Development minister discusses infrastructure issue in Evros region

  • [01] Gov't on latest opinion poll results

    The government on Friday merely noted that whatever opinion polls are being utilised by the government and ruling New Democracy (ND) party accordingly, in answer to a press question regarding the most recent poll results this week and, specifically, one figure reportedly showing that four out of 10 respondents do not trust main opposition PASOK or ND.

    Government spokesman Theodoros Roussopoulos added that although citizens' daily concerns and proposals are definitely being taken into account, the government will continue efforts to implement its pre-election programme.

    ND fields a 2.5-point lead over main opposition PASOK, 42 percent to 39.5 percent, in the latest VPRC opinion poll, which was unveiled on Thursday.

    In terms of smaller parties, 8 percent of respondents in the poll picked the Communist Party of Greece (KKE); 3.5 percent opted for the Coalition of the Left (Synaspismos) and 4.5 percent for the out-of-Parliament LA.OS party.

    Regarding the question of who is more capable to govern, 49 percent of respondents chose Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis; 24 percent picked PASOK leader and former foreign minister George Papandreou, whereas 19 percent said neither.

    [02] Development minister discusses infrastructure issue in Evros region

    Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas participated in a conference held at the Evros prefecture, in northern Greece, on Friday night and stressed that "by order of the prime minister, the Evros region has top priority regarding support for further development", while underlining the importance the region will have in coming decades with such energy networks as the oil and natural gas pipelines.

    Sioufas announced the decision taken by the development ministry on the funding of the biotechnical park at Ormenio, in the Evros region, with a budget amounting to six million euros.

    "It is a considerable development infrastructure project for the region which aims, together with other plans we have on industrial business regions, at constituting a base for substantive development at a point where the three countries, Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey, meet," the minister said.

    Inaugurating a conference on "Protection for Free Competition" in the city of Alexandroupoli on Saturday, Sioufas said that the ministry did not choose the capital of the Evros prefecture by chance for this important event to take place.

    "The conference taking place today has the purpose of all issues being discussed on the role of the Competition Committee to enable healthy competition to function in our country and to facilitate the development of business even more with rules," he said.

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