ATHENS.- ANA – “We are establishing a new political culture and we are updgrading public life. We possess the will and the ability to do so. Because we are not indebted. We are not comprimising values and principles,” Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis said on Friday at the opening of the 6th National Congress of the ruling New Democracy’s Youth Organisation (ONNED), which is being held in Halkida, Evia.
“We are steadily re-establishing the State and together we are building a State that is responsible, humane, and which will not be paralysed by bureaucracy, a plethora of laws and corruption,” he added.
Karamanlis asked the young attendees to feel free to convey their thoughts, suggestions and proposals to the government and asked them to contribute to the goals the government has set with their knowledge, innovative ideas and dynamism.
He also mentioned that the country is at the beginning of a new historical cycle which is defined by vital issues such as EU enlargement, intergovernmental agreement on the first EU constitution, the Athens Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the change of government that came after the March 7th general elections.
“We are the party of liberal choice, of social solidarity and of the centre; we are the predominant social force of the centre, of the middle ground and of responsibility, leaving extremes and excesses to others,” he said. “We constitute a broad social alliance that transcends the dividing lines of the past, and it is on this basis of constructively overcoming the past that the political change of March 7th was possible,” Karamanlis added.
Speaking of the country’s current problems and challenges the prime minister said, “We realise the country’s real economic state, the great fiscal problems, the lack of competitiveness, the rigidity and the dependence on the past which have immobilised society’s productive forces.” In trying to solve these problems, Karamanlis explained that the government will focus on the great social problems of regional and social inequality, poverty and unemployment – especially among women and young people – as well as drugs which are increasingly affecting younger age groups.
Additionally, Karamanlis emphasised that his government is not simply handling affairs, but implementing dynamic policies whose objective is to promote a new economic and development policy through fiscal revitalisation, limits on state spending, tax reduction, liberalisation of markets, a national strategy for development in the provinces, support of entrepreneurship, and the expansion and upgrading of tourism.
“It is time that we dare a revolution in the quality of services, products and production; that we invest in new technologies, research and innovation; that we capitalise on our country’s advantages and that we create a new entrepreneurial environment of new investment, new business, new employment opportunities throughout the country,” Karamanlis stressed.