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Bulgaria involved in the pre election fight for Athens

06 November 2010 / 13:11:06  GRReporter
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One of the most important things is that Georgeous Kaminis wants Athens to be a city for all who live in it. We all know that a large percentage of the population of the city are foreigners. Even when he was ombudsman he did a lot for the integration of different communities and with his work to date he has proven in practice that these are not just words.

He is a man of action rather than words, so I'm sure that he will do everything in his power to make Athens a better place to live.

Your constituency is Kipseli in the capital, which we all know that is inhabited by many different communities. What do you want to change if you win the elections?

The problems are very serious and I would like as a start for the people who live in this area at first to stop fearing. There is some fear and mistrust between Greeks and foreigners who live together. As in Kipseli in St. Pandelimonas and Patisia as well there is tension. With the implementation of specific programs and actions the different communities can be involved and these problems can be overcome.

So you have prepared programs that you think you will implement if you win the elections?

The time now is rather early to talk in detail about this, but I hope that after the election we can actually discuss what can be done.

Greece is not the homeland of many people here, but over the years it became the homeland. Do you think the Greeks are biased towards the Bulgarians? If the answer is "yes", what do you think are the ways to overcome these prejudices?

Bias principally always existed. When, however, people get to know each other these stereotypes are dropped. I've heard various people, friends and strangers to talk about foreigners and Bulgarians, including, in principle, to generalize. This is also the meaning of a nomination like mine. It allows the Greeks to be convince not only that they have nothing to fear but also that the foreigners / migrants themselves can contribute and help improve the city by meeting all their given rights and obligations.

Do you think the current crisis in Greece resembles the state of Bulgaria  in the 90s and do you think that our experience may be useful to them?

I do not think we can compare the two situations. These are two completely different situations and the reason for the crisis in Greece is not related to that of Bulgaria. What I can say is that Bulgaria is developing quite well in recent years and registers an economic progress. There is a desire for development, so I think that if the country continued to grow in that direction after 10 years it will have a very good position between the countries from the European Union.

How did  your family take  your nomination for a municipal councilor and were they surprised?

It was a surprise both for me and for them. The decision was left to me but of course they supported me.

What does it mean to you personally the opportunity to become a councilor?

I know that it takes effort. I have both the desire and the tenacity to prove myself in this position.

Tags: Politics Society Nelly Karagiozova municipal elections mayor of Athens Georgeous Kaminis
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