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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-08-10

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  • [01] Finmin: EU summit decisions must be quickly and fully applied
  • [02] Paleopolis and 'Mon Repos' mansion on Corfu

  • [01] Finmin: EU summit decisions must be quickly and fully applied

    ANA-MPA/Decisions taken by EU leaders on July 26 concerning the new role of the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF) and the participation of the private sector in the cost of a second bailout for Greece had to be implemented rapidly and in their entirety, Greece's Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos stressed on Tuesday following a conference call with top EU officials.

    Others participating in the discussion included Eurogroup chair Jean-Claude Juncker, European Commissioner Olli Rehn, International Institute of Finance (IIF) head Charles Dallara, EFSF chief Klaus Regling and the chairman of the EU Economic and Financial Committee Vittorio Grilli.ana-mpa

    A finance ministry announcement said the conference call conducted a detailed, point-by-point review of progress in implementing the summit's decisions.

    Venizelos stressed that applying the decisions for Greece was even more important now that the global economic crisis had become worse.

    [02] Paleopolis and 'Mon Repos' mansion on Corfu

    ANA-MPA/Corfu's ancient city of Paleopolis occupies a prime spot on the Kanoni Peninsula

    A walk around the grounds reveals a number of sites for visitors, including the St. Eufemia monastery, an old open-air theater still used today, a congress center, a Byzantine church, and ancient Roman house, and the famed Mon Repos villa -- the summer retreat of Greece's former royal family that today hosts the Paleopolis Archaeological Museum -- as well as the ruins of a temple dedicated to Hera, a Venetian fountain and what remains of the 5th century BC Doric temple built in honour of Apollo.ana-mpa

    The Mon Repos, a major attraction for visitors to this day, is a neo-classical summer home built by Sir Frederick Adam, the second British High Commissioner, for his Corfiot wife in 1831.

    Important archaeological sites from Paleopolis surround Mon Repos, and the mansion was converted into a museum to display its artefacts. The exhibits are well presented and informative, giving a fascinating picture of the house and the area, its history and ancient culture. It remained a summer house for the Greek former royal family until 1967 before passing to the Municipality of Corfu, which carried out major restoration works inside and out. ana-mpa amidst lush wooded grounds and a view of the sea.Surrounded by ancient walls, the ruins of ancient Corcyra (Kerkyra, or Corfu) lie just four kilometers south of Corfu town and the site is open to visitors free of charge year-round.

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