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TAIPED heralds new privatization projects

Greece's privatization agency TAIPED is planning a series of selloffs over and beyond the scheduled sale of 30 percent of the firm managing the capital's international airport and of 100 percent of gas distribution network DEPA Infrastructure in  order for the government to achieve the target set by international creditors of 2.4 billion euros, TAIPED's executive president Aris Xenofos has said

Greek Parliament speaker expresses condolences for Turkey quake victims

Greece's Parliament Speaker Kostas Tasoulas on Monday expressed his condolences for the victims of Turkey's deadly earthquake last week to his Turkish counterpart Mustafa Sentop, speaker of Turkey's Grand National Assembly. 

Tasoulas' message of condolence was sent to Sentop via diplomatic channels, sources said. 

Turkey nabs nearly 1,800 irregular migrants last week

A total of 1,797 irregular migrants were held across Turkey over the past week, according to data compiled by Anadolu Agency from security sources.

As many as 1,233 migrants were held in multiple operations carried out by gendarmerie forces in the northwestern Edirne, Kırklareli and Tekirdağ provinces, bordering Greece and Bulgaria.

Health minister to discuss coronavirus with Chinese ambassador Zhang Qiyue

Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias is to meet the Chinese Ambassador to Greece, Zhang Qiyue, on Monday regarding the response to the deadly coronarivus. 

The virus, which broke out in Wuhan, central China, has killed more than 80 people and infected thousands globally, most of them in China. 

Tractors to roll out in central Greece on Monday

Farmers in Thessaly in central Greece are set to signal the start of the almost annual strikes by the country's agricultural community, parking their tractors along stretches of the national highway in Larissa, Volos, Karditsa and Trikala on Monday.

Closed channels bode ill

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has drawn a red line regarding Greece's response to any Turkish attempt to drill for hydrocarbons in Greek sovereign territory. He was right to do so. Athens is unlikely to be blamed for any unexpected escalation after having sent every signal it possibly could.

A clear horizon

The passage of the new electoral law last week ties up the three major institutional loose ends the government had to deal with, following the constitutional review and the election of a new president of the republic. The completion of this triptych clears the political horizon for the government's four-year term.

Tax deposit discount proposed for firms making investments

Companies making plans for investments could look forward to a reduction of taxation by 30 percent from 2021 if Greece's creditors approve a government proposal for utilizing the profits of eurozone central banks from Greek bonds (SMPs and ANFAs) for investment purposes.

International groups boost realty sector

Foreign groups have carried out investments worth tens of millions of euros in 2019 for the acquisition and development of properties in Greece. These are groups that came, saw and decided to invest in the local realty market, acknowledging the significant prospects of future capital gains.



Finance Minister Christos Staikouras will attend a board meeting of the Professional Chamber of Athens at 6 p.m.

Deportations, returns at focus of new ministry

Greece's new Ministry for Migration and Asylum is expected to focus on speeding up deportations and returns amid fears of an expected surge in migrant arrivals from neighboring Turkey as winter starts giving way to spring.

Presidential election in Turkish Cyprus to be held on April 26

The presidential election in Turkish Cyprus will be held on April 26, 2020.

The election bans will start on March 1, according to the statement made by Turkish Cyprus Supreme Election Board (YSK).

Four politicians announced the presidential candidacy.

Juncker says his efforts kept Greece in euro in 2015

Former European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker says in an interview with Kathimerini that Greece could have been expelled from the eurozone in 2015 if he had not stepped in to smooth out tensions between Athens and other member states.