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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-10-19

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  • [01] PM to leave for Finland for PPE meeting, informal EU summit
  • [02] PASOK leader meets with Ecumenical Patriarch
  • [03] President presents Onassis Foundation Awards

  • [01] PM to leave for Finland for PPE meeting, informal EU summit

    Prime minister Costas Karamanlis will depart Athens this evening for Helsinki, where he will attend a working dinner of the European Peoples Party (PPE) grouping in the European Parliament.

    Karamanlis is scheduled to meet Friday morning with Cyprus President Tassos Papadopoulos, after which he will depart for the Finnish town of Lahti where he will take part in a working lunch before the commencement of an informal EU summit under the Finnish presidency in the early afternoon.

    On Friday night, Karamanlis will attend a working dinner in the framework of the summit, which will also be attended by Russian president Vladimir Putin, and depart shortly before 10:00 p.m. for the return to Athens.

    Discussions at the informal summit include energy policy issues, innovation, migration policy, and the developments in Sudan-Darfur.

    [02] PASOK leader meets with Ecumenical Patriarch

    Main opposition PASOK leader George Papandreou met Thursday with visiting Ecumenical Patriarch Vartholomeos, whom he assured of his party's support for the Patriarchate's just demands, which were in line with Turkey's commitments to the EU regarding minorities and progress in religious freedoms and which Ankara needed to fulfill.

    Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Papandreou described his discussion with the Ecumenical Patriarch as "very constructive.

    "We support the just demands, which are part of Turkey's obligations regarding the minorities and the changes needed regading the religious freedoms," Papandreou said.

    He explained that "consolidation by the Turkish government of respect of the role of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Halki Seminary, and the properties belonging to the Patriarchate" was necessary.

    Papandreou noted that he had the opportunity to bring up these issues a few days ago with Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

    The PASOK leader promised Vartholomeos that he would wage this battle in the framework of the European Union and Turkeys's European course, stressing that Turkey must respect all its obligations.

    [03] President presents Onassis Foundation Awards

    President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias, in the presence of Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, on Wednesday night presented the four awards for 2006 of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, at a ceremony at the Athens Megaron (concert hall). Each award is accompanied by a monetary sum of US$ 200,000.

    Also present at the ceremony were Cabinet members, Church representatives, Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios, many entrepreneurs and representatives of Arts and Letters.

    The honourees were: the Hellenic Institute of Byzantine & Post-Byzantine Studies in Venice; the Centre for Hellenic Studies at Harvard; the National Centre for Hellenic Studies & Research at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, as well as noted Texas A&M professor of physics Dimitris Nanopoulos, the head of the Astroparticle Physics Group at the Houston Advanced Research Centre in Texas.

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