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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 12-12-20

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  • [01] President Papoulias message to Greeks abroad
  • [02] Manitakis clarifies plans for reforming state administration
  • [03] Culture Ministry: 2013 Constantine Cavafy year

  • [01] President Papoulias message to Greeks abroad

    AMNA -- "A prospect now exists to exit the economic crisis and move towards recovery and development in order to hand our country over to the next generations for a better future," President of the Republic Karolos Papoulias said on Thursday in a holiday message to the Greeks abroad.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Papoulias noted that despite the difficulties, Greece will remain standing, adding that the economic crisis in the country put the people's endurance to the test at all levels and that these days our thoughts are mainly with our compatriots in need. amna"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;mso-fareast-language:

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The President, referring the Greek communities abroad, said that their presence all over the world is proof of the historic and cultural dynamic of Hellenism, its durability and creativity. The stories of the Greeks abroad are an example of a successful course through adversities and, as such, a point of reference for the society which is now suffering from insecurity.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; "In times of difficulty, the bonds that unite us all must become more solid and stronger in order that unanimity may prevail in facing the dangers that threaten the country but also the international community. Our country is in the most critical point of most severe ordeal it has faced in recent decades," underlined Papoulias, and expressed his optimism that the Greeks "in the great difficulties those who are not frightened emerge winners, those who have the strength to fight incessantly and turn the crisis into an opportunity, as you Greeks abroad, have done". amnamso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Concluding, Papoulias wished to all the Greeks abroad and to each one separately a "Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013 with health, progress and all good things". mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419;mso-ansi-language:EN-US;

    [02] Manitakis clarifies plans for reforming state administration

    AMNA -- The new measures for public-sector staff mobility were not the same as the labour reserve, Administrative Reform Minister Antonis Manitakis clarified on Thursday, after attending a meeting of the Government Council for Reforms chaired by Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. At the meeting, the premier stressed that the government had not spoken of public-sector dismissals but administrative reforms.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; "Mobility does not mean labour reserve," Manitakis said, while repeating that the entering labour reserve was not tantamount to dismissal. The minister noted that the freedom to move civil servants around was necessary to ensure the proper functioning of the state sector and already foreseen by civil service regulations.amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; The minister clarified that the "first phase" of public administration reforms was over and had laid the foundations for the next steps, which would address the laws governing the functioning of new ministry organisations in January and also staff assessments.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Manitakis said the organisational plans of the administrative reform and environment ministry had already been approved after an assessment of their structures, since the two ministries were the first in which an assessment took place. He said that this had resulted in a 50 percent reduction in ministry structures. New plans for the remaining ministries were expected to be complete by the end of July, the minister added.amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; After the ministries, assessments would then begin in state-sector entities not belonging to general government, he added.

    [03] Culture Ministry: 2013 Constantine Cavafy year

    AMNA -- The Culture Ministry announced on Wednesday that it has designated 2013 as the "Year of Constantine Cavafy" to mark the 150the anniversary of the world-renowned poet's birth.

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; Cavafy (1863-1933) was one of the most influential literary figures produced by Greece in the early 20th century and instrumental in establishing modern Greek poetry on the international scene. Counted among his most important poems are "Ithaca" and "Waiting for the Barbarians".amna

    "Tahoma","sans-serif";mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman";color:#0F1419; One of the most important poets in modern Greek literature, his poetry is characterized by strong symbolism combined with unadorned speech and has been translated into French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and many other languages.

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