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Athens News Agency: News in English, 09-09-05

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  • [01] Karamanlis inaugurates 74th TIF

  • [01] Karamanlis inaugurates 74th TIF

    The time had come for bold decisions designed to deal with the impact of the global economic crisis, Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis stressed on Saturday during a meeting with the organisers of the 74th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), HELEXPO SA and TIF SA., just before the official inauguration ceremony. He said that his decision to call early elections was guided exclusively by the best interests of the country.

    "We must now change all those things that need to change. We must proceed to carry out major and bold structural changes," Karamanlis said, noting that the three pivotal policy directions after the election would be to "tidy up" state finances, decisively clamp down on corruption and to carry out reforms.

    "We Greeks have proved that, when we want to, we can achieve very important things when at difficult times we place national interests first and set national targets. I hope we show our best selves," he added.

    Inaugurating the trade fair, he stressed its role as an institution that highlighted the strengths of the Greek economy and northern Greece internationally, adding that Macedonia and Thrace were set to become economic centres for the surrounding region once the infrastructure projects begun in the past five years were completed.

    After the inauguration ceremony and a briefing from HELEXPO and TIF regarding the organisation of the 2009 trade fair, Karamanlis began a tour of the trade fair's pavilions, accompanied by a delegation of ministers and local government officials.

    The pavilions visited by the premier included those of the Thessaloniki Municipality, the fire brigade, India (which is the featured country for the 74th TIF), the Greek Police and Thessaloniki Prefecture.

    Caption: Two model elephants each standing 2.5 metres high have been set up outside the entrance of the 74th Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) as a tribute to the 2009 trade fair's featured country, India. ANA-MPA/ Nikos Arvanitidis

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