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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-04

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] President's message for World Environment Day
  • [02] Greek FinMin at Eurogroup conference

  • [01] President's message for World Environment Day

    The time has come to put a stop to the destruction of the natural environment, President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias said on Monday in a message to mark World Environment Day. "The margins of time and endurance of Nature itself have been spent," Papoulias noted, calling on all sides to coordinate their action and join forces "to put an end to this course of destruction".

    "Even though we are going through an era when our technology gives up the option of making great strides toward the future, our relationship with Nature is heading backward, following a course of decline". It is a course that does not only degrade nature but also man himself. Climate change, the thinning of the ozone layer, the reduction in biodiversity, city smog, water shortage, the destruction of forests, the problem of waste management do not just foreshadow a dire future but have now become a nightmarish reality."

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of President of the Hellenic Republic Karolos Papoulias.

    [02] Greek FinMin at Eurogroup conference

    Greek Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis referred in Luxembourg on Monday to the achievements of the Greek economy in past years. Arriving at the conference of Eurogroup member-states, Alogoskoufis said that "Greece has made a very important effort in past years, decreasing its deficits dramatically, resulting in the fiscal deficit being below 3 percent of the GDP for the second consecutive year this year."

    The minister further said that "due to the mixture of economic policy that was followed and of reforms that were adopted, we succeeded in having very high economic development and a decrease in unemployment," adding that the fact constitutes "an example of a successful mixture of economic policy and correct implementation of the Stability and Development Treaty."

    Lastly, Alogoskoufis noted that "without all the problems having been solved, since fiscal problems also remain, as well as other reforms that must be promoted, we are quite satisfied at this phase that the first stage of the implementation of our reformist programme has been completed with success."

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Greek Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis.


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