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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-01-08

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  • [01] Veria participation in EU programme
  • [02] Banks on econ recovery
  • [03] Gov't on Evros fence

  • [01] Veria participation in EU programme

    (┴═┴-╠PA) -- More than 280 traditional residences and buildings in the north-central town of Veria have been registered as historically signifiant, particularly structures in the old Christian quarter of Kyriotissa and the old Jewish quarter of Barbouta, with both districts emerging during the Ottoman occupation of the area.

    The preserved buildings feature distinct European influences on their exterior and interior, especially the homes of the wealthy merchants of the time, while the more working class residences are expectedly unpretentious. (┴═┴-╠PA)

    The municipality of Veria, in an effort to highlight the area's cultural heritage from the past three centuries or so, is actively participating in the European programme URBACT II, with the aim of formulating an action plan for the city's historic centre and ways or further preserving the city's older buildings and monuments. (┴═┴-╠PA)

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    [02] Banks on econ recovery

    (┴═┴-╠PA) -- Greek bankers on Friday expressed optimism that the time of economic recovery was near, helped by steps made in the last eight months and led by reformed tax legislation in the country.

    Speaking to reporters after a meeting with Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and Regional Development & Competitiveness Minister Mihalis Chryssohoidis, representatives of the Hellenic Bank Association acknowledged that pressure on Greek state bonds was making it harder for the economy to exit the crisis.

    The meeting, part of a regular monthly contact, focused on developments in the banking system and in the Greek and global economy.

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    [03] Gov't on Evros fence

    (┴═┴-╠PA) -- Citizen Protection Minister Christos Papoutsis on Friday reiterated, in the strongest terms, that Greece will protect its borders and solve the illegal migrant problem.

    "Greece cannot handle more illegal migrants on its territory and is determined to take all necessary measures to protect the borders, including the construction of the fence along a stretch of its land border with Turkey in Evros prefecture. At the same time, the goal set is that no illegal migrant will be left in the country," he stressed. (┴═┴-╠PA)

    Papoutsis made the statement after submitting an amendment in Parliament providing that former army camps will be used as first reception centres for refugees and illegal migrants.

    The amendment is included in the draft law on the establishment of an asylum service and a first reception service and harmonisation of Greek legislation to the 2008/115/EC Directive on common standards and procedures in member-states for returning illegally staying third country nationals.

    Papoutsis stressed that "aside from the fence, infrared cameras and all advance technology means that we'll use in Evros and our borders, the draft law we are voting today also brings order to the whole situation that plagues our country for years and is an insult to Greece and the European law and order. Based on the draft law, those eligible will be granted asylum and international protectionÔŽbut those who are in our country illegally, particularly, those who participate in illegal and violent actions will leave GreeceÔŽ(┴═┴-╠PA) either through voluntary repatriation or through deportation. Greece can not take it anymore; the Greek society can not take it anymore. We have crossed our limits despite the fact that we are a democratic and tolerant society, the most tolerant in Europe."

    Responding to a question on the construction cost of the fence, Papoutsis said the comparison should be made with the price paid by Greece when 200 illegal migrants, equal to the population of a small village, cross its borders on a daily basis. (┴═┴-╠PA)

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