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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-11-19

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  • [01] Southeast Europe and Black Sea conference on avian flu begins in Athens
  • [02] PM Karamanlis says reforms will proceed
  • [03] Power plant for hydrogen production

  • [01] Southeast Europe and Black Sea conference on avian flu begins in Athens

    European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou attended in Athens on Saturday a conference on avian flu, organised by the Greek Health and Social Solidaity Ministry and aimed at boosting cooperation among countries in Southeast Europe and the Black Sea. Participating in the conference, which began on Saturday morning and will last until Sunday, are health ministers from the countries of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) and the Black Sea Cooperation Organisation.

    Representatives from the World Health Organisation and the European Centre for Infectious Diseases are also attending.

    It was stressed at the conference that there was no case of avian flu in the countries of the Balkans and of the Black Sea.

    Greek Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis in his address expressed the need for there to be constant alert and cooperation both on a national and global level.

    [02] PM Karamanlis says reforms will proceed

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, who is on a tour of Grevena and Metsovo, said on Saturday that "the government will proceed with determination in changes and reforms." Speaking at the Grevena Prefecture, Karamanlis said "there is already a new political climate of no tolerance to corruption." He added:"There are already in progress brave procedures for cleansing in many sectors of public life. There are in progress procedures for self-cleansing in justice. The road has opened. What is needed is daring and responsibility by all the forces which constitute the country's public life. The citizens demand from all, volition, persistence, determination. We answer with a coordinated strategy of transparency. We answer with policies of transparency."

    The prime minister criticised the main opposition Panhellenic Socialist Movement (PASOK) of "danger-mongering" and "irresponsibility". He said that the policies of the PASOK governments had "failed" and that the PASOK cadres "are responsible for the creation of the great economic and social problems in the country."

    He said that programmes are being advanced in the prefecture of Grevena for the support of farmers and the proposal by Deputy Economy and Finance Minister and Grevena deputy Christos Folias for Grevena to be become by the end of the decade the country's first ecological prefecture for organic cultivations.

    Significant emphasis was also given to the support of agricultural tourism.

    The prime minister is accompanied, among others, by Folias, Macedonia-Thrace Minister Nikos Tsiartsionis and ruling New Democracy (ND) party Secretary Vangelis Meimarakis.

    [03] Power plant for hydrogen production

    Development Minister Dimitris Sioufas on Saturday inaugurated "the pioneering power plant for the production of hydrogen with the use of aeolic energy at the Keratea Energy Park," as stated in a press release by the Development Ministry. In his speech, Sioufas expressed "satisfaction" over the fact that "our country's research community, along with the private sector, pioneer in the research and development of technologies in the much promising sector of hydrogen. He further expressed certainty that "the apparent Hydrogen Economy will create new economic activity and new jobs."

    He said:"Our country can contribute in the effort to claim a part of this activity, either by constructing relevant equipment, either utilising installations."

    Sioufas added:"The specific project, which was financed within the context of the 5th Research Programme Framework, is of a total budget of 5.4 million euros and participating in this are 14 European research agencies from Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Spain and Portugal. It concerns the installation of a 25 kW unit."

    The minister congratulated the "Renewable Sources of Energy Centre" (KAPE) and the "Rokas" company for their contribution in the development of such systems which will allow Greece to pioneer in major sectors for the energy of the future.

    Sioufas drove the car which is used in the Park and operates with hydrogen.

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