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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 14-01-07

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Kedikoglou on Karas visit: 'SYRIZA making fuss over nothing'

  • [01] Kedikoglou on Karas visit: 'SYRIZA making fuss over nothing'

    ANA-MPA -- SYRIZA "is making a fuss over nothing," government spokesman Simos Kedikoglou told the local radio station 'Vima 99.5' on Tuesday, referring to the postponement of a visit by a European Parliament (EP) delegation investigating the role and operations of the troika in the Eurozone's bailed-out economies.

    "It was a decision made exclusively by the European Parliament and there was no room for intervention," Kedikoglou noted, adding that European Parliament President Martin Schulz informed the Greek prime minister that the visit would be postponed.

    The spokesman added that the EP's decision was a reasonable one, given that major events are expected in the country over the next two days linked to the launch of Greece's Presidency of the EU Council.

    Some people do not want the country to be viewed positively, some prefer that a shadow be cast this whole process on the day when Greece will be in the spotlight, he said.

    "In SYRIZA's translation (of a letter sent to a SYRIZA MEP sitting on the EP Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee), they should improve their English. It reads ‘agreed', not ‘decided'. It means that he (Martin Schulz) informed him (Samaras) and there was an agreement. Words have their meaning, too. But in fact, the president of the European Parliament briefed the Prime Minister, and there was no objection on this. This thing happened, because some people do not want Greece to be presented in a positive way", he stressed.

    Regarding Greece's EU Presidency, Kedikoglou said: "This is a European presidency and there are European priorities during this six-month period, such as growth and employment, deepening of the Union, tackling illegal migration, mobility and marine policy. For one reason or another, Greece happens to have its own experiences and expertise in some of those fields. In some of them, we have learned the hard way. Our aim is for the Greek presidency to serve the directions set by the EU, promoting the development of the EU during a crucial stage for the future of Europe".

    Earlier on Tuesday, main opposition SYRIZA had reiterated accusations that the prime minister and the government were not exploiting the European Parliament's inquiry into the actions of the troika, preferring to hide them instead. It said that the government remained committed to austerity policies and would use neither the EP probe nor the Greek EU presidency to defend the interests of the Greek people.

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