23 October, 2006
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, in statements from the headquarters of the ruling New Democracy (ND) party on Sunday evening regarding the second round of the local government elections, stressed "the excellent and exemplary organization of the process" and expressed his thanks and congratulations to the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralization Ministry for its "responsible and coordinated work."
Karamanlis spoke about "the maturity of Greek society" and underlined that it constitutes "an extremely positive development that fanaticism and extremities of the past have retreated."
The prime minister also underlined that the government "will closely cooperate without discriminations with all those who were elected," while he said that the government's policy aimed at a new impetus to be given to the Greek regions.
He also underlined that the government with the national strategic framework it has formulated will give 80 per cent of the European Union (EU) and national funds, that is, about 36 billion euros, to the regions.
The prime minister stressed that it is the responsibility of all for the funds to be properly managed and with transparency.
Karamanlis, giving his political stigma, noted that his government is proceeding with "consensus and responsibility, far from dogmatism, ideologies and prejudice" and stressed that it seeks "the composition of views without compromises with conservatism and stagnation, which certain individuals indirectly or directly seek."
He noted that his government steadfastly continues in the strategy of changes and reforms, underlining that a dialogue is opening for reforms in the coming period.
Source: Athens News Agency