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Athens News Agency: News in English, 08-06-28

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  • [01] FinMin at EXPO Zaragoza 2008
  • [02] Papariga gives press conf'

  • [01] FinMin at EXPO Zaragoza 2008

    ZARAGOZA (ANA-MPA) -- Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis toured the Expo Zaragoza 2008 here on Saturday after inaugurating the Greek pavilion, as Greece was the featured country on Saturday.

    The 2008 Zaragoza Expo's theme is "Water and viable development," with the participation of 104 countries.

    Alogoskoufis said governments and people worldwide must act together to preserve water sources and secure the most important element of human life, while establishing the basis for a viable development benefiting future generations.

    Alogoskoufis also referred to efforts to boost Greek products' quality and the country's natural beauty. He characterised Greece as an economic hub of SE Europe, adding the Greek economy has developed in the last years as a result of reforms that have been carried out by the government.

    "The Greek Pavilion is one of the best in the exhibition, it is amazing in the way that it combines new technologies with tradition and helps the visitor better understand Greece and its history, our past and future," he stressed.

    The "Efpalinion Orygma" is the main attraction of the Greek pavilion, a recreation of a tunnel constructed on the island of Samos in the 6th century B.C. The original is some 1,036m length and was cut through a mountain to serve as a water channel, bringing water from one side of the island to the other.

    Caption: Fireworks light up the sky during International Exhibition Zaragoza 2008 opening Theceremony in Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain, 13 June 2008. ANA-MPA/EPA/JAVIER CEBOLLADA

    [02] Papariga gives press conf'

    Communist Party of Greece (KKE) secretary general Aleka Papariga on Saturday mostly dismissed the first batch of "early election" press speculation to debut, only last week, after last September's general election, simply noting that "nobody knows when a general election will be held, but whenever this happens the voters' reaction must be expressed."

    Papariga spoke at a press conference in the north-central city of Veria during a tour of Imathia prefecture.

    Referring to the ongoing Siemens furor, Papariga expressed a view that an international judicial investigation of the German multinational began after it vied for defence contracts, whereas its competitors are only selectively leaking damning information against Siemens.

    Caption: ANA-MPA file photo of Communist party of Greece secretary general Aleka Papariga

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