Greek PM at Economist Roundtable

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis addressed the 13th Economist Roundtable with the Greek Government conference on Tuesday evening, reiterating his intention to take whatever decisions are necessary, whatever the cost may be, to enable the country to exit from the present economic crisis with the fewest repercussions possible.
Karamanlis pointed out that while unemployment in Europe is registering record-high levels, it has been much lower in Greece since 2004, adding that small and medium-size enterprises that are active in tourism, commerce, and services are being boosted with €1.3 billion. He also referred to the need for backing the financially weaker classes and supporting employment.
In related news, the government approved the merger of hundreds of state bodies and organisations in an effort to cut spending in the public sector. Economy and Finance Minister Yannis Papathanassiou said the plan involves the merger of 255 state bodies – out of the 620 that were examined – over the next four months.  Kathimerini: Mergers to streamline state bodies & Ministry of Economy and Finance: News & Press Releases