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Athens News Agency: News in English, 06-08-09

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  • [01] Onassis Foundation awards to La Trobe, Harvard
  • [02] Papantoniou stands by comments over Emporiki
  • [03] PM briefed on transportation issues

  • [01] Onassis Foundation awards to La Trobe, Harvard

    The Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation has awarded the 2006 International Onassis Prize to the Greek Studies and Research National Centre (EKEME) operating at La Trobe University in Melbourne in recognition of its scientific work and contributions.

    The specific prize is awarded to universities and research centers in Greece and abroad distinguished in the promotion of the Greek education, history and culture and for their overall contribution to Hellenism.

    The Onassis Foundation will also honor Harvard University, with both prizes to be presented by President Karolos Papoulias in a formal ceremony to take place at Athens' Megaron Hall on Oct. 18.

    Each of the two awards is accompanied by a medal and a monetary prize of 200,000 US dollars.

    The award ceremony will be held within the framework of the events scheduled to take place on the occasion of the foundation's 30th anniversary and the 100-year anniversary of the birth of shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis.

    [02] Papantoniou stands by comments over Emporiki

    Less than 24 hours after his expulsion from main opposition PASOK's Parliamentary group by party leader George Papandreou, former top minister Yiannos Papantoniou on Wednesday reiterated that "decisions and policies" will be judged by the people.

    Papantoniou, sacked over his positive comments regarding the sale of state-run Emporiki Bank to France's Credit Agricole -- the Karamanlis government's pre-eminent privatization to date -- also noted, as he did on Tuesday, that he does not question Papandreou's "institutional capacity" to reprimand or expel his party MPs.

    Referring to his positions regarding the sale of Emporiki, he stressed that they were consistent with the policies - a reference to the previous Simitis governments -- exercised over previous years, adding that attacking those positions is not consistent with the operation of a modern democratic party.

    On Monday, Papantoniou expressed support for the sale of Emporiki Bank but sharply criticised the sale price as very low, while at the same time voicing his disagreement with other PASOK cadres' vociferous criticism of the government over the specific matter.

    Papandreou, in a statement on Tuesday evening, stressed that "the expression of personal views publicly, in an untimely manner, and without any understanding ... cannot be considered as a responsible stance."

    ANA-MPA file photo of Papantoniou.

    [03] PM briefed on transportation issues

    Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis received Transport Minister Mihalis Liapis on Wednesday for a briefing on current transport and communication ministry issues.

    Liapis told reporters afterwards that he briefed the prime minister on issues concerning urban transports and the impeccable operation, as he said, of airports across the country during the ongoing summer tourist season.

    He said he also briefed the premier on railway infrastructure projects and the absorption rate of EU funding.

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