The international conference on "The Press and the European mass media towards the economic crisis" was held at the Athens Concert Hall on Thursday.

Government spokesman George Petalotis congratulated the organisers for "such a timely event" and referred to the role of the Press, stressing that it has a catalytical effect on citizens' psychology.

The initiative for the conference was by the European Parliament's office in Athens, the delegation of the European Commission in Greece and the embassies of Hungary, France, Belgium, Spain and Germany.