21 January, 2004
Prime Minister Costas Simitis chaired a meeting of the Interministerial Committee on the Olympic Games on Tuesday, while Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos and Deputy Media Minister Telemahos Hytiris said afterwards ''everything is going well.''
Both government officials expressed confidence that preparations for the Olympic Games will not be affected by the election campaign and referred to Thursday's cabinet meeting which is devoted to preparations for the Games.
Athens 2004 Olympic Games Organizing Committee (ATHOC) President Gianna Angelopoulos Daskalaki said that ''the preparation for the Olympic Games cannot stop or slow down its pace for any reason. Today, we examined issues which require handling. I can say that we are pleased with many issues.''
She indicated that what is important is for the preparation to continue with the same intensive and good pace during the election campaign as well and said ''there will be a new government, but our country has examinations to give regarding the standard of the Olympic Games it must show to the international community. This is a commitment we have undertaken and we expect no one to forget this commitment.''
According to reports, energy issues concerning the Olympic Games and minor delays concerning the construction of certain substations were also examined during the meeting.
Source: Athens News Agency