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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-04-08

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  • [01] PM Costas Karamanlis visits Greater Hellenism Foundation
  • [02] PASOK party secretary addresses European Parliament Socialist Group conference
  • [03] KKE secretary general addresses European communist and workers party meeting

  • [01] PM Costas Karamanlis visits Greater Hellenism Foundation

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis visited the Greater Hellenism Foundation on Saturday morning, accompanied by Culture Minister George Voulgarakis. Karamanlis was given a guided tour of the premises where the visitor, thanks to modern technology and digital means, is able to "return" to ancient times, science and history. He began his tour with a visit to the exhibition titled "Olympic Games Stories. A Different Exhibition", which displays objects, photographs and videos concerning the history of the Olympic Games, while promoting modern-day Olympic Games through the spirit of ancient ideals. The prime minister, through the fictitious reality programme, toured ancient Militos, "viewing the most important public buildings, private homes and its port."

    Karamanlis also visited the exhibition named "Is there a solution to everything? Voyage in world of ancient Greek mathematics" that promotes the ancient Greek spirit and the significance of ancient Greek mathematics for world culture.

    He said in a statement that the Greater Hellenism Foundation is performing a considerable task in promoting and spreading Greek culture with the use of digital-era means and new technologies.

    "The Greater Hellenism Foundation is a characteristic example of what private initiative can also offer in ther crucial sector of education and culture," he said.

    Karamanlis met during his tour with schoolchildren on an educational tour and was photographed with them, while he was also briefed on the Foundation's plans and prospects of expansion.

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    [02] PASOK party secretary addresses European Parliament Socialist Group conference

    Main opposition PASOK party National Council secretary Mariliza Xenoyiannakopoulou on Saturday addressed the conference organised by the European Parliament's Socialist Group, in cooperation with PASOK's local administration sector, on the theme of "European Local Administration: Positive Experience-Innovative Policies", criticising the ruling New Democracy party for its policies in the sector of local administration.

    Xenoyiannakopoulou said that when ND was in the opposition it opposed every reformist effort made by PASOK in the local administration sector and now that it is in power, despite declarations made, it is weakening local administration in practice.

    She said that ever since its founding, PASOK had given a new impetus to local administration and had proceeded, among other things, with the enactment of elected prefectural administration in the '90s and the creation of Citizens' Service Centres (KEP).

    The PASOK party's secretary said that the party proposes a different path, focusing on decentralisation and local administration that will be called on to serve the aims of sustainable development in which "all will ultimately contribute on an equal basis and all will benefit from its results on an equal basis and fairly."

    Xenoyiannakopoulou also said that during the conference PASOK will discuss further steps aimed at the decentralisation of powers and resources and the administrative independence of local administration on the course towards the party's nationwide conference on local administration in June and towards the municipal and prefectural elections in October.

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    [03] KKE secretary general addresses European communist and workers party meeting

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) secretary general Aleka Papariga, addressing the meeting of European communist and workers parties organised by her party in Athens on Saturday, called for the creation of a popular front to reorganise education and society. Papariga said that changes taking place in education are dictated by general difficulties that the capitalist system has to face in reproducing its social capital.

    She went on to say that the shaping of a wider front depends a great deal on the orientation of communist parties and of the labour movement on the issue of education as well.

    Papariga further said that the main element of KKE's educational policy is the proposal for the establishment of 12-year compulsory school education, as a continuation of compulsory two-year pre-school training and a precondition for any professional training.

    The KKE secretary general called for the contribution of all communist and workers parties for the effort "to build this popular front to reorganise education and society" and called for a number of measures to be considered before the next meeting of the participating parties.

    The measures include appealing to progressive intellectuals and teachers to resist reactionary reforms and not to succumb or be tempted by the effort being made for them to turn into implements and agencies of the new measures, either with terrorism concerning so-called evaluation or with various selective benefits and donations under the table.

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