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06 December, 1997
National Defense Minister Akis Tsohatzopoulos stressed the need for a direct European Union intervention for the promotion of a regional plan to support the national economies of the countries of SE Europe.
He was speaking at a conference entitled "European Enlargement and Southeastern Europe", held by the Institute for Strategic and Development Studies - Andreas Papandreou (ISTAME) in Athens yesterday.
Mr. Tsohatzopoulos said Greece could contribute decisively to the recovery of the economies of these countries, through appropriate initiatives and investment that will speed up their convergence with other EU economies.
He noted that in the Balkans, which were historically tied to Europe, a single economic area was being formed, needing the assistance of the EU so that crises like that in Albania might be averted.
Thirty-four representatives of Socialist and Social Democrat parties and institutes from Balkan and European countries also discussed the enlargement of the European Union as it affects political, social and economic developments in southeastern Europe.
Source: Athens News Agency