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15 May, 2002
Olympics-related works, especially delays on several important coastal projects in southeast Athens, dominated Tuesday's inter-ministerial meeting between several high-ranking Cabinet ministers and Athens 2004 organizing committee (ATHOC) executives.
Efforts to renovate the all-marble U-shaped Panathenian stadium in downtown Athens - the site of the first modern Olympic Games, Athens 1896 - as well as the necessary upgrading of the main Olympic sports venue (OAKA) were also outlined by ATHOC chairwoman Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki.
According to reports, several participating ministers reassured Angelopoulos-Daskalaki that delays would be overcome and will not interfere with preparations for the Games.
On his part, Prime Minister Costas Simitis warned that promotion of Olympic preparations was insufficient, something that the ATHOC chief agreed with.
In terms of a whopping 610-million-euro beautification drive for the Greek capital and four other "Olympic cities", namely, Thessaloniki, Patra, Volos and Irakleio, Crete, members of the inter-ministerial committee outlined a set of goals.
Among others, the unhindered movement of pedestrians to and from Olympic venues, as well as easy access to cultural and commercial districts was cited as one of the goals.
Source: Athens News Agency