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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-12

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  • [01] Education Min. on reforms
  • [02] Greek KFOR convoy enters FYROM

  • [01] Education Min. on reforms

    The reform in the education sector was not only being implemented, but it was continuing with success, education minister Evripides Stylianidis said on Thursday, speaking at a press conference on higher education and the course of the new law on universities.

    Stylianidis said that he had been at the receiving end of many political and personal insults, but had not responded, nor would he reply to "political argumentation" of "such ethos and attitude"..

    "I am not relinquishing my self-evident rights, as a citizen to freely express my views, and as a politician to staunchly and consistently support the platform positions of my party, which also happen to be the positions of the political and social majority," he said.

    Stylianidis also said that despite the reactions by "extremist political groups" to the voting for the election of administrative authorities at the universities, "the academic community and the students safeguarded, and in the end imposed, democracy in the universities", while the outside evaluation of the higher education institutions would begin in the autumn.

    Further, a draft law would be tabled in parliament in the next few days that will codify, supplement, modernise and adapt post-graduate studies in Greece to the new European status quo, he said.

    Ministry secretary general Dimitris Platis announced that the ministry would be ready by the end of the month to announce the grades of the university candidates from the nationwide examinations, while in the last week of August the base passing grades per each university School would be announced.

    Further, the dialogue for the new system of nationwide university entrance exams was expected to begin later this year, although its implementation would be in the next four-year term of government.(source:

    Caption:ANA-MPA file photo of Education Minister Evripidis Stylianidis

    [02] Greek KFOR convoy enters FYROM

    A Greek military convoy on its way to Kosovo to replace as part of a KFOR contingent crossed the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) at 10 a.m. (local time) on Thursday in accordance with NATO procedures regulating the movement of the Alliance's troops, the Greek national defence general staff announced. On June 3, FYROM custom authorities barred a Greek KFOR military contingent from entering the country in transit to Kosovo, claiming lack of proper documentation and travel papers, an assertion that Athens sharply dismissed The previous military convoy of 50 vehicles and 140 servicemen, a replacement force for another Greek peacekeeping unit stationed in Kosovo, was ordered to return to its base in Polykastro, Kilkis prefecture, after being prevented from entering the neighbouring country's territory. Caption: A file photo dated 12 January, 2001, shows members of the Greek peacekeeping force in Kosovo. ANA-MPA / PETROS YIANNAKOURIS.
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