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Stability programme on “the right track”

The team of experts from the so-called “troika” (European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank), after completing their monitoring of the progress of the stability programme, said that the latter is “on track on all of the dimensions.”
 The government is ahead of the deficit reduction target set in the plan for this year and tax hikes are boosting revenues, according to the team.
The government is also making progress on more long-term economic reforms, which can help its future finances, they added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister George Papandreou, who attended the European Union Summit in Brussels yesterday, underlined that “his government is determined to go ahead with important and difficult reforms,” in order to put the country on the right path for achieving its goals. 
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

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President @ World Future Energy Summit

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) A change of the energy and development model with extensive use of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) could decisively contribute to combating inequalities and advancing social cohesion at local, regional, national and global level, President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias said yesterday (January 18), addressing the 3rd World Future Energy Summit, that opened in Abu Dhabi, UAE (January 18-21).

Papoulias – a keynote speaker at the summit- stressed that “global leaders are obliged to respond to the climate challenge, and, instead of limiting themselves to a ‘least common denominator’ agreement, they should proceed to a global, comprehensive, and legally binding agreement with specific targets and timetables.”
Every crisis entails an opportunity, and this crisis entails an opportunity for the adoption of policies and measures for the promotion of RES and energy efficiency, which can play a decisive role in the global economy’s exit from the crisis and a speedier recovery, the President noted.

» Papoulias – Erdogan Meeting

On the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit, Papoulias met with the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Ergodan, who was also a keynote speaker at the summit.
The two leaders held a private 40-minute meeting during which Papoulias informed the Turkish premier that an answer to his letter to the Greek Prime Minister is to be expected in the next few days, while Erdogan expressed a desire to visit Athens in the near future.

Open Access in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)       The National Documentation Center (EKT) of the National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF) is holding a two-day international conference “Open Access Infrastructures: The Future of Scientific Communication,” in Athens (15-16.12).  Open Access (www.openaccess.gr) is an initiative of the academic and research community for free, immediate and permanent online access to digital scientific content. It aims to facilitate the exchange of scientific information and utilize research results. Electronic scientific journals are freely accessible online and follow peer-review procedures, while authors are able to retain copyrights. They emerge either through traditional publishing houses, or through the open access publishing procedures, or even through the use of new publishing schemes.  The EKT develops national open access infrastructures for the organisation and dissemination of scientific knowledge, under the project “National Information System for Research and Technology-Phase III, 3rd CSF” which includes Helios- National Hellenic Research Foundation Repository, Humanities and Health Sciences Thematic Repositories, as well as National Archive of PhD Theses Repository