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22 February, 2003
Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos said on Friday the finalized Olympic Games timetables are under control, adding that remarks by International Olympic Committee (IOC) Pre-sident Jacques Rogge, who once again spoke of delays in Olympic Games projects, are ''beneficial.''
Commenting on Rogge's remarks, Venizelos said ''problems exist, of course, which are neither unknown nor original and in almost all cases they are due to factors which the government cannot control in a democratic society, such as the reactions of certain municipalities, the speed at which court rulings are issued and frequent appeals by certain construction companies (which have already undertaken many projects) to the Council of State.''
Venizelos added that all this has been discussed with the IOC repeatedly and it is known that finalized timetables are under absolute control.
Source: Athens News Agency