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04 January, 2000
The European Union's first six-monthly summit in 2003 will be held in Thessaloniki, the Prime Minister Costas Simitis, announced on Monday.
"The event will project the relation of northern Greece --and Greece in general-- with the Balkans and the broader region, will boost the growth potential of the area and will signal that Greece continues to play an important role in the region," he said.
Greece will hold the EU presidency in the first half of 2003.
Simitis was visiting the city, where he inaugurated its new Royal Theatre and Concert Hall on Sunday.
"The decision means that we need to have to try to improve the city's infrastructure. Nevertheless, the existing infrastructure is already very good and will not require a considerable amount of additional efforts," he said.
Source: Athens News Agency