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Athens News Agency: News in English, 10-07-30

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  • [01] PM Papandreou adresses Cretan expatriates

  • [01] PM Papandreou adresses Cretan expatriates

    Prime Minister George Papandreou called on Greek expatriates to "send the message that Greece can", while opening a three-day conference organised by the World Council of Cretans and Lassithi prefecture that is taking place in Agios Nikolaos, Lassithi on the island of Crete, on Friday night.

    "We are called today to do the revolution of the self-evident," the prime minister said and referred to the efforts being made to take the country out of the crisis, the measures being taken in all levels and the efforts for transparency in all sectors.

    Papandreou said that a "collective effort is need in order to take the country out of the crisis" and praised the work done by Cretan expatriates in supporting Greece.

    "Your presence here is very important because it is a vote of confidence to our country," the premier added.

    Referring to the "need for changes in all sectors," Papandreou spoke of the fight against corruption in all sectors and the fight against tax evasion, the effort for creating a better public health system, better education and a modern social security scheme.

    Regarding the island of Crete, the prime minister accused the previous New Democracy government of "abandoning Crete at its fate", and underlined the need for the shaping of a new model for growth of the island.

    Speaking on energy policy issues, Papandreou said the strategic policy of his government was the renewable energy sources and announced that the government was examining the issue of establishing an "energy link" between Crete and continental Greece.

    "The big wager is to make Crete an energy hub," he said.

    He also called on expatriate Greeks to invest in Greece and "participate in the cosmogony of changes taking place".

    The conference was also adressed by Parliament President Philippos Petsalnikos.

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