Evros Prefecture

Bulgaria takes 20% stake in Greek LNG terminal

Bulgaria's state gas company Bulgartransgaz has finalized a deal to take 20% of Greek company Gastrade, which is developing a floating liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility off the city of Alexandroupoli, Gastrade said on Thursday.

The deal is part of Bulgaria's strategy to diversify and to decrease its dependence on Russian gas.

Georgian national kills himself in Alexandroupoli police cell

A detainee at a police station in the northeastern Greek city of Alexandroupoli was found hanged on Thursday in his cell.
According to reports, the dead man was a 46-year-old Georgian national who ended his life using bed linen with which he had made a noose.
He had been arrested in connection with migrant/refugee trafficking and was due to stand trial in the coming days.

Civil weddings to be held in a small circle

Municipal authorities across Greece are starting to put a cap on the number of people who can be in attendance during civil wedding ceremonies as part of the bid to contain the Covid-19 epidemic.

The measure comes as local authorities brace for a rise in applications for civil weddings after the government on Monday announced a ban on church ceremonies and services.

Friendship and interests

Last week's Greece-Bulgarian High Level Cooperation Council in Alexandroupoli wrapped up at noon with the signing of 12 agreements, overseen by Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Bulgaria's Boyko Borissov. But there was no joint statement. The reason was none other than Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ministry plans to improve links to remote islands

The Shipping Ministry is reportedly mulling plans to improve ferry services to remote Greek islands through increased funding and a better licensing framework so that routes are carried out with better ships.
It will also seek ways to ensure that replacement vessels are always available in case of emergency.