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Education minister in BBC World Debate on Europe's future

Δημοσίευση 1 Οκτωβρίου 2011, 13:59 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
	Education minister in BBC World Debate on Europe's future
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Greek Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, a former European commissioner, on Friday participated in an open discussion organised by the BBC World Debate in Rome on "Does the EU have a future?" In this, she stressed the need for growth and investments to help overcome the current crisis.
Greek Education Minister Anna Diamantopoulou, a former European commissioner, on Friday participated in an open discussion organised by the BBC World Debate in Rome on "Does the EU have a future?" In this, she stressed the need for growth and investments to help overcome the current crisis. She stressed that growth depended on attracting investments, both foreign and domestic, and that the current constant references to default and restructuring create a climate of insecurity.

"Tell me if in your country there could be even the slightest investment if every single day a European official made references to default, haircuts, restructuring, sowing insecurity," she underlined.

Diamantopoulou admitted that the Greek political system was responsible for the country's massive debt, along with mistakes and bad financial management over decades. She asked for more time and confidence in the current Greek government, however, noting that it was having to make decisions and legislate changes that in other countries were done over a generation.

"We have 18 months in which to decide, plan, persuade, legislate and implement and be judged on quantitative results. Even during this time of crisis a policy needs time and trust," she stressed.

The debate will be broadcast by the BBC World News Television Channel on Saturday at 11:10 a.m. Greek time and on Sunday at 5:10 p.m. and 10:10 p.m. It will also be broadcast by the BBC World Service Radio on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 3:00 p.m.