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09 January, 2003
Alternate Foreign Minister Tassos Yiannitsis again emphasized Athens priorities and challenges during its EU presidency in the first half of 2003 in an address here at a Greek-British Chamber of Commerce conference.
Yiannitsis cited five fields of interests for the Greek presidency, including a conclusion of EU expansion and work towards a Europe of the Future; reinforcement of development, solidarity and prosperity; balancing freedom and security; renewing Europes democracy and boosting international dialogue and cooperation.
He also mentioned that Greece assumes the EU presidency at a favorable time for the country, adding that it has performed remarkably in the economic, political and social fields.
We view the Greek presidency as one factor that could help for one larger Europe, a Europe that will balance its economic power and its democratic values with a target to provide prosperity for its citizens and to promote peaceful solutions for problems that occupy the international scene, he concluded.
Source: Athens News Agency