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Greek, Hungarian PMs discuss energy, transport, tourism cooperation prospects

Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis met here on Friday with his Hungarian counterpart Ferenc Gyurcsány for talks on bilateral relations and European Union developments.

The two prime ministers discussed the establishment of committees to examine prospects for cooperation in the sectors of energy, transports and tourism. Karamanlis told reporters after the meeting that Hungary wanted cooperation with Athens in the energy sector, particularly in the transport of natural gas, as well as participation in ongoing Greek projects, given that the east Mediterranean country was proceeding with a major effort in the sector. He added that Hungary's interest was beneficial for the Greek side.

Regarding the EU's Constitutional Treaty, Karamanlis said Greece had been one of the first member-states to ratify the Treaty, adding that this outstanding matter needed to be settled throughout the Union, while he stressed that any ratified Treaty must have the fewest possible changes - with respect to the current text. Questioned on the timing of the next general elections in Greece - the current government's term in office ends in March 2008 - and whether a past statement of his that elections will be held in their 'proper time' also includes the autumn of 2007, the prime minister merely replied "all will be done in their proper time". (