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06 December, 2002
''The effectiveness in implementing the third community support framework funds will judge the totality of our efforts, since the progress of projects has very significant effects on the income of citizens,'' Prime Minister Costas Simitis said on Thursday at the cabinet meeting he chaired, according to government spokesman Christos Protopapas.
''The third community support framework funds is the base for the increase in the prosperity of the Greek people and the preconditions for that are very good,'' he added, following the proposals tabled by Finance Minister Nikos Christodoulakis, Interior Minister Costas Skandalidis, and Deputy Economy Minister Christos Pachtas.
The premier underlined that there should be a full equalization of the central urban areas with those of the regions, adding that this should become apparent not only in indexes but also in the public feeling of citizens.
Speaking on the problems of bureaucracy, an issue tabled by several ministers, the premier said bureaucracy should be confronted and so there should be predetermined quantitative targets, deadlines and flexibility in the ability to issue tenders for projects in other agents when there are delays.
The premier also noted that the ministries should submit the detailed programs of advertising to the press and media ministry so as to achieve cohesiveness in messages that are broadcast and so to have a better result.
He added that a relevant decree in 1997 regulated the percentages of promotion and allocated portions for the local media, adding that many ministries did not follow the regulated percentages and thus caused reactions.
Simitis also spoke of the government's program, which includes the taxation system and social insurance system reforms, the country's entry in the Eurozone and the high rates of the GDP's increase, stressing, however, that the upcoming months will be difficult and great care is necessary.
''We will deal with the national issues, with issues of international relations, with the economic and social convergence,'' he said, adding that since during the Greek EU presidency the government members will have to travel a great deal around the EU, special attention should be paid to domestic affairs.
He asked of ministers to predetermine the targets they can achieve over the next six months and to identify issues, where the participation of society is necessary, so as to ask of the ruling PASOK party to mobilize citizens.
Summing up, the premier said that from now until the elections ''we have several months to prove and capitalize on our work'' and called on all to focus on the effort that is underway ''with certainty and self-confidence''.
Source: Athens News Agency