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Lisbon Treaty: “Take the Example of Greece”

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  maximou1An enthusiastic and hopeful message was conveyed wednesday, july 1st, during Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis’ meeting at Maximos Mansion (photo), with the European Parliament President Hans Gert Pöttering, who is visiting Greece, attending the works of the European Popular Party’s Study Days in Athens.  Karamanlis expressed his gratitude for the outgoing president’s contribution during his long tenure.”[Pottering’s] valuable experience has been the most powerful guarantee for a successful presidency,” Karamanlis said. On his part, Pöttering extended his thanks towards the Greek government and opposition for their support of the Lisbon Treaty. “I am probably the last one since 1979’s first elections. I witnessed Greece entering the European Union in 1981,” he said, adding “countries which have not yet ratified the Lisbon Treaty should look up to Greece and set it as an example.” Reciprocating, Karamanlis stressed that Greece will continue supporting the European Parliament’s initiatives and look forward to the enhancement of the institution’s role.

Spanish Eyes in Greece

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis is scheduled to meet with Spain’s Prime Minister José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero today, who is on an official visit to Greece. Talks are expected to focus on the creation of a Mediterranean Union. First proposed by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the union would bring together European Union states and countries washed by the Mediterranean Sea, including Turkey. Other topics on the agenda include the future of the EU and regional cooperation as well as bilateral ties. Zapatero, accompanied by his wife Sonsoles Espinosa, visited the site of the Parthenon yesterday. Kathimerini daily: A Mediterranean Union Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greece-Spain bilateral relations;  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Greek Mediterranean Policy; The Bridge magazine, Sarkozy’s Mediterranean, A dream or an implementable agenda?

International Hellenic University Symposium

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  The 1st International Hellenic University Symposium titled “Economic Developments and Challenges in the World Economy and Markets and in the region of Southeast Europe” begins today in Thessaloniki. Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis will be the key note speaker, and leaders from the financial, business and academic communities will be attending the university’s first major event.  International Hellenic University: Symposium Programme; Greek News Agenda: Studying in Greece

Greek Prime Minister Concludes Visit to Austria

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)  Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis concluded his working visit in Vienna yesterday, a day earlier from the scheduled arrival due to the powerful earthquake that hit the region of Peloponnese in Greece. Karamanlis was due to stay in Austria to watch the Greek national soccer team’s first match in the EURO 2008 championship against Sweden tonight before returning to Greece. During his three-day visit, Karamanlis met with the Austrian Chancellor Alfred Gusenbaurer, the Vice Chancellor Wilhelm Molterer and the Head of the Austrian People’s Party (OVP) Wolfgang Schüssel. Karamanlis’ agenda included the Greek premier’s suggestion to discuss the repercussions of Europe’s high inflation within the framework of European Council’s meeting (June 19-20) in Brussels. Other items on the premier’s agenda in Austria involved the progress in the ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty, as well as the latest developments on illegal immigration, the name issue of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Cyprus and Turkey’s European prospect. Athens News Agency: Greek PM hastens visit to Austria; Ministry of Foreign Affairs: Greece-Austria Bilateral Relations

Greece: Karamanlis’ Balkan Vision

Addressing the summit meeting of the Southeast European Cooperation Process (SEECP), Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis stated that he was in favour of the incorporation of all SEECP members into the Euroatlantic structures, including the Former Republic of Macedonia. Within the framework of the SEECP process – an institution destined to enhance cooperation between Southeast European members – Karamanlis clarified that Greece seeks a win-win solution that would accommodate the demands of both countries and would benefit the entire region.   Continue reading

Greek Economic Outlook

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)    Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis addressed the general assembly of the Federation of Greek Industries on Tuesday, and stressed the need for the creation of a powerful front against phenomena of profiteering and fraud. The premier called on the business world to combat inflation, to see to it that products “reaching consumers are high quality but with low prices and prove in practice that a free market does not mean an unaccountable market.”  Karamanlis emphasised that the main targets of the government’s policy are the creation of necessary conditions to increase wealth produced, the tackling of unemployment and the fairer distribution of social dividends.   He also stressed that he shall “continue the policy of reforms which have shielded the economy to a considerable degree, secured high growth rates and are restricting unfavourable repercussions.” Lastly, the premier said that “the latest assessments by the European Commission certify that growth will continue in our country with rates that are double the average of the eurozone, employment will increase by more than 1% per year and unemployment will continue to fall.”  Continue reading

Greek PM: Safeguarding Price Stability

 (GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis addressed an official dinner given in honour of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) board at the Zappion Mansion on Thursday, stressing that although being a relatively new institution, the ECB “succeeded with great skill in safeguarding price stability and securing favourable conditions for growth.” He also said that the emerging crisis in world fiscal markets, the slowdown in the American economy and the increase in the prices of energy, basic products and food, unavoidably had an impact on Europe. He noted that the recent fiscal crisis underlined the need for closer cooperation in supervising the fiscal sector, adding that apart from the initial moves carried out, it is important that the effort to further strengthen the fiscal stability framework be continued. The prime minister went on to say that Greece’s priorities are focused on restructuring basic economic indexes, reforming markets, promoting social cohesion and sustaining viable growth with respect for the environment.   Continue reading