The Greek Government plans to spent 34 million pounds (nearly 47 million U.S. dollars) in?
The Greek Government plans to spent 34 million pounds (nearly 47 million U.S. dollars) in the next five years creating a "green circle" around the capital, Athens.
SYNOPSIS: The plan's bid to combat pollution in the city and was inaugurated by Prime Minister Constantine Karamanlis. When he arrived for the first tree-planting ceremony at Mount Hymettus, near Athens, on Sunday (7 November) he was greeted by an enthusiastic group of conservationists and young people who've become involved in the project.
Accompanied by some of his cabinet ministers Mr. Karamanlis planted the first young pine tree. It was the first of millions that will sown in the next few years to put goodness back in the soil as well as beautifying the area.
Youth movements in Greece are backing the anti-pollution measures and some young people had the honour of planting trees during Sunday's ceremony. Pollution in Athens has been worsening and lately the government banned the use of mazout - a type of heating fuel - by hotels and large buildings in the inner city because of its high sulphur content.