NEWS

PM surveys progress

Prime Minister Costas Simitis (r) surveys the first completed section of a 1.6-kilometer pedestrian route leading from Amalias Avenue, past the Acropolis, to the ancient Kerameikos cemetery. The PM took a stroll along the walkway yesterday, accompanied by Town Planning, Environment and Public Works Minister Costas Laliotis (c) and Culture Minister Evangelos Venizelos, whose ministries are supervising the project. The entirety of Dionysiou Areopagitou street has been paved with marble, gneiss and beaten earth at a cost of some 3 billion drachmas. Work on the second part of the project, Apostolou Pavlou Street, may start next month. It was also decided that a committee formed by the National Economy Ministry, the Bank of Greece and the Athens Stock Exchange board would intensify its investigation into possible cases of money laundering through bank accounts. Some sources say that certain suspect accounts have been found through which large amounts of money have moved in recent months. Other security measures to be taken will be to speed up the issue of a new type of passport that will be more difficult to forge, a demand that Washington had made over the past three years in order to waive the visa demand of Greeks.