News archive of January 2019

Students remove plates from FYROM car at name deal protest

Students at a rally in Thessaloniki on Thursday against the Prespes name agreement with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia removed the license plates from a car from the neighboring country that was in a central parking lot.

The plates carried the country code MK, standing for Macedonia, and SK for Skopje.

EIB support for identity documents printer

The printing of secure identity documents in Greece will be expanded following the agreement of a new 11 million-euro 10-year loan with the European Investment Bank by Veridos Matsoukis SA, a leading printer of secure documents.

Greek shipowners lead global chart of shipyard orders

Greek shipowners raised the number of contracts with shipyards around the world by a remarkable 75.5 percent on an annual basis last year to become the number 1 nationality in order value, according to the global shipbuilding review issued on Thursday by Clarksons Research.

Kosovo PM Defies Pressure Over Serbian Import Tax

After meeting Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, Parliament Speaker Kadri Vejseli, and the US ambassador to Pristina, Philip Kosnett, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj on Thursday defended the high tax imposed on Serbian imports as a "sovereign decision of the government".

Social security dues scheme almost ready

The plan that the Labor Ministry is preparing for the settlement of social security dues in 120 installments will concern arrears created between 2002 and 2016, which in some cases will be recalculated, leading to the reduction of total dues by 60-70 percent.

Farmers reject dialogue, keep up road blocks

Farmers in central Greece plan to drive their tractors around downtown Larissa on Friday, after blocking a stretch of the Athens-Thessaloniki national highway for a fourth day on Thursday and rejecting a call to talks from the government.

Romania Court Ruling Leaves Country's Army Headless

Romania's army remains leaderless after a Bucharest court annulled a presidential decree that had extended the mandate of the incumbent chief-of-staff.

The ruling on Thursday has raised fears that the conflict between President Klaus Iohannis and the ruling Social Democratic Party might undermine national security.

Two SYRIZA MEPs vote against recognition of Venezuela's Guaido

Two SYRIZA MEPs voted against a European Parliament motion to recognize Venezuela's self-declared interim president Juan Guaido as de facto head of state on Thursday, urging the bloc's 28 governments to also consider the opposition leader as "the only legitimate interim president" until there were "new free, transparent and credible presidential elections" in the troubled Latin American nation.

Dacic at meeting of EU foreign ministers in Bucharest

The meeting is organized by EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini and the Romanian EU Presidency.

On the margins of the meeting, Dacic will also participate in an informal working lunch at the invitation of Mogherini and Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu.