21 August, 2004
BRUSSELS 21/8/2004 (ANA - G. Zitouniati)
Greek European Union Commissioner Stavros Dimas expressed satisfaction over environmental duties he has assumed in the new European Commission, following the Commission's first informal meeting here on Friday.
Speaking to foreign reporters, the Greek commissioner said he is greatly interested in this portfolio, adding that this issue is of particular importance for Greece.
Dimas said that on problems regarding the quality of life of European citizens, he feels that he is with them, while defending his own principles and values at the same time.
The European Commission's first day, with its new composition, focused on internal organizational and operational issues, "seeking the collective and family spirit corresponding to the passion for the journey to united Europe," according to the new President Manuel Barroso.
The new Commission will formally assume its duties in November and after it has been ratified by the European Parliament.
Source: Athens News Agency