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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-04-16

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  • [01] PM: Fulfilment of criteria imperative for EU entry

  • [01] PM: Fulfilment of criteria imperative for EU entry

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Sunday reiterated Athens' standing policy of supporting SE European countries' European orientation, while at the same time, however, again reminding would-be EU candidates that accession will necessitate an absolute respect for European principles and values along with implementation of all necessary conditions set out by the Union.

    Karamanlis made the statements in Thessaloniki during an address to culture ministers from SE European countries, who earlier met in the western port city of Patra, which currently holds the Cultural Capital of Europe title.

    "We pursue this goal faithfully because we are convinced that it is the only way to transform our region into a European neighborhood, and to permanently move it away from its traumatic past," the prime minister said, before again stressing that regional cooperation and good-neighborly relations are imperative towards this course.

    The Greek prime minister reminded that Thessaloniki, Greece's second largest city and the capital of the Macedonia province, served as European Cultural Capital in 1997, whereas Patra will pass the torch to Sibiu in Romania next year, whereas Istanbul will serve as Cultural Capital in four years.

    Afterwards, visiting culture ministers toured the Byzantine Museum in the city.

    Caption: Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, centre, with Culture Minister George Voulgarakis, left, and Macedonia-Thrace Minister George Kalantzis in Thessaloniki on Sunday, April 16, 2006. ANA-MPA photo / N. Arvanitidis.

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