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Athens News Agency: News in English, 07-06-17

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  • [01] Karamanlis: 'Reforms will continue until and after elections'

  • [01] Karamanlis: 'Reforms will continue until and after elections'

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Sunday reiterated that his government is unwavering in its policy regarding reforms, "until the elections and after the elections," speaking at a ruling New Democracy pre-congress event in the large Cretan city of Irakleio.

    "We are observing but not following the prisoners of conservatism as they attempt to create a climate of insecurity; we are observing but not following those who are comfortable with grey, those enclaves of yesterday that oppose changes demanded by the times; those that attempt to obstruct the country's course; we are observing but not following the expressionists of reaction that insist on fanaticism, in polarisation and extremism," Karamanlis told an audience packed with ministers, party cadres and supporters.

    In a direct reference to the main opposition party, Karamanlis charged that "those reacting against reforms are sacrificing the country's good in order to cover-up their own political weakness."

    In continuing his address, Karamanlis referred extensively to the government's policy for greater regional development, citing, among others, a 200-million-euro investment for expanding broadband networks in the east Mediterranean country, as he cited a 10-fold increase in the number of broadband connection in Greece - which previously was at the near or at the bottom of the list of EU member-states in the sector.

    As far as Crete, Karamanlis announced that a new international airport on the large and prosperous holiday destination will be located in the Kastelli district, saying it will be the island's largest after Irakleio's airport. Additionally, he cited port expansions in Souda and Irakleio and steps to reverse dwindling water reserves in eastern Crete.

    In reference to the all-important tourism sector, which dominates much of the economy in the Mediterranean's fifth largest island, Karamanlis first referred to the upgrading of the tourism ministry and a promotional campaign focusing on the upgrading of tourism quality and services.

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