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ND unveils "new emblem of the 21st century"

Δημοσίευση 21 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:48 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
ND unveils "new emblem  of the 21st century"
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The main opposition New Democracy party's new emblem was unveiled on Thursday during a high-tech presentation at the party's new headquarters on Syggrou Boulevard, where the entire ND facilities are slated to relocate to by the end of January.

The main opposition New Democracy party's new emblem was unveiled on Thursday during a high-tech presentation at the party's new headquarters on Syggrou Boulevard, where the entire ND facilities are slated to relocate to by the end of January.

ND's "new face", as party leader Antonis Samaras described it, comprises two wavy lines in orange and green and the party's title "Nea Dimokratia" (in Greek) in the party's traditional blue and light blue colors.

Samaras said that the new logo, which is the party's "new image" for the 21st century, embodies all of the values embraced by ND: transparency, leadership, humanity, certainty and calm force, while adding that the old symbol was not being "cast away" but becoming a part of history.

The ND leader further presented the party's revamped internet portal.

ND is relocating its headquarters at the end of January, moving from the neo-classical mansion it has occupied since the late '70s to a modern 7,000 sq.m. office building complex at 360 Syggrou Boulevard that will bring together the entire 640-strong ND staff which is currently scattered throughout 24 buildings and apartments around downtown Athens.

ND officials told ANA-MPA that relocation of all the party services and offices to the new building will result in a 32 percent saving in operational costs (including rents, electricity, cleaning bills, fees, etc.), is fully energy efficient, and boasts an ultra-modern telephone network that allows communication with all the regional organisations of the party at zero cost.

The neoclassical building on Rigillis street will not be abandoned, however, but will house the Constantine Karamanlis Institute for Democracy, while Samaras will also keep an office there as well.

In a discussion with reporters after presenting the new emblem and logo, Samaras said that the green colour in the new symbols represented the environment, adding that the torch in the old emblem would be entirely withdrawn.

Concerning the prospect of early elections, Samaras said that this was a decision for the prime minister but that ND was preparing for all developments.

In comments on the amendments being made by ruling PASOK to the laws for prosecuting ministers, ND's leader said the issue was a "communications gimmick" on the part of the government, which had dictatorially converted a multi-party consensual issue to a single-party issue.