19 October, 2005
An inner cabinet meeting on Tuesday, chaired by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis, discussed plans to create five development regions in the country and promoting an Information Society program.
Interior Minister Prokopis Pavlopoulos, presenting his plans, stressed that the government was rapidly moving towards creating five large development regions and noted that draft legislation would be unveiled in the next few days.
Pavlopoulos underlined that the new legislation would be undermine the independence of local authorities, nor of administrative regions in the country, and said the previous government has made no preparatory work for the country to deal with the challenges of a Fourth Community Support Framework.
Economy and Finance Minister George Alogoskoufis said many things have to change and stressed emphasis would be given to boost competitiveness, digital growth and protecting the environment.
Commenting on an Information Society program, Pavlopoulos said the Prime Minister has given particular emphasis on the project and said that more projects would have been included in the program during the 18 months of the new government than in the previous four years.
Alogoskoufis stressed that the program would help create a more citizen-friendly state and a more competitive economy, adding that the government was seeking to boost the country's digital strategy. The Greek minister said a bird flu epidemic was mainly an issue relating with public health and stressed that any financial impact would be limited.
Source: Athens News Agency