04 October, 2005
Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Monday reassured that his government was firmly moving ahead with reforms and changes in all sectors, with society as its ally, to render Greece a modern and efficient State, adding that the ministries had the obligation of continuing the effort for transparency and stamping out bureaucracy and wasteful spending.
Addressing a meeting of the ruling New Democracy party parliamentary group, Karamanlis referred to the streamlining of the DEKO public utilities and organizations in order to reinforce their social role, with respect for the taxpayers' money and increased productivity, as well as healthy competition.
Karamanlis said he had taken over, from the preceding government, a difficult web of challenges and problems, adding "we know where w want to go, we have a concise action plan, and are proceeding with prudence and daring".
On foreign policy, he reiterated that Greece backs Turkey's EU prospect, had waged a battle with Cyprus to secure the two countries' interests in the text of the framework being set by the EU for Turkey's accession course.
He noted that, provided Turkey met all the conditions put forward by the EU, it had the right, at the end of a long course, to become a full member of the EU.
Monday's meeting of the parliamentary group had a symbolic, anniversary nature, as it marked the 31st anniversary of ND's founding.
Source: Athens News Agency