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31 March, 2001
European Commission President Romano Prodi arrived in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, on Friday to attend Saturday's events commemorating the 20th anniversary of Greece's accession to the European Union.
Minister of Macedonia and Thrace George Paschalidis and Deputy Foreign Minister Elizabeth Papazoi welcomed Prodi at Macedonia airport.
In a statement on arrival at the airport, Prodi praised Greece's contribution to the EU and expressed pleasure over his participation in the events.
On his part, Paschalidis expressed the hope that Cyprus will be a full EU member by 2003.
Prime Minister Costas Simitis will attend Saturday's events, while main opposition New Democracy party leader Costas Karamanlis will also be making an address.
Source: Athens News Agency