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29 January, 2001
The Public Works Ministry is helping to fund an international program that monitors environmental management in the Balkans, Deputy Public Works Minister Ilias Efthymiopoulos said on Saturday.
Efthymiopoulos was opening a conference in Athens on inter-national cooperation in the Balkan, Black Sea, southeastern Mediterranean and Caspian regions to improve the environment and develop town planning and sustainable development.
He said that upsetting the region were conflict and foreign intervention, while Greece's role in the environmental program was based on arriving at consensus and could not be construed as imperialist.
Speakers presented the findings of 22 studies carried out by research teams as part of the ministry's interstate DAC-OECD program, which includes the use of alternative energy and measures to combat pollution in the Balkans.
The speakers also underlined the need for environmental training, publicity programs and consciousness raising schemes for the public.
Source: Athens News Agency