News archive of July 2019

New approach to utilization of 10 ports’ infrastructure

The government is promoting a new model for the utilization of the 10 regional ports conceded to state asset privatization fund TAIPED, Shipping Minister Yiannis Plakiotakis announced on Wednesday.

Economic sentiment moves past crisis

Economic sentiment in Greece soared 4.3 points in July, returning to a level unseen since before the outbreak of the financial crisis, according to European Commission data.

No policy shift seen on Crete-Attica power interconnection

The new Greek government will toe the line of its predecessor on the urgent need for and the safeguarding of the construction of the Crete-Attica power interconnection project, while supporting the international connection of Greece with Cyprus and Israel, according to statements made by Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis after his visit to Cyprus.

‘Tekmiria’ system to be replaced

The use of taxpayers' assets as evidence of their living standards - known in Greek as "tekmiria" - is to be gradually phased out, starting next year, with the aim of abolishing by 2022, the government announced on Wednesday, with an alternative system of cross-checking replacing it soon.

Protest held over Korkoneas release

A demonstration was held in the downtown Athens district of Exarchia on Wednesday at the memorial of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos, shot and killed in 2008 by a police special guard who was released from prison on Tuesday.

Two dozen fires reported just over 12 hours

The Greek fire service was called to respond to 24 blazes from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, as protracted high temperatures and limited if any rainfall in many parts of the country have contributed to tinder-dry conditions.

Prime minister promoting diaspora vote

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Wednesday that the granting of voting rights to Greeks living abroad will be delinked from the new electoral law, and that he will soon table a separate provision in Parliament.

Half of Greeks unable to take a week’s vacation

Half of all Greeks did not have the financial means to take even a one-week vacation last year, compared to an average rate of 28.3 percent in the 28-member European Union, according to a survey by the bloc's statistical service Eurostat. 

Greeks are not the only Europeans facing such constraints.