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President Iohannis to attend Fifth World Holocaust Forum

AGERPRES special correspondent Florentina Peia reports reports: Romania's President Klaus Iohannis participates today in the Fifth World Holocaust Forum dedicated Holocaust remembrance, which takes place at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

Corruption Fight Faltering in Balkans, Central Europe, Transparency Says

Both declined from last year, when Bosnia was ranked in 89th place, with 38 points, and North Macedonia came in 93rd place, with 37 points.

Bosnia shares its 106th place with Albania, which also declined in the rankings. It came in 99th place last year.

President-elect Sakellaropoulou says defending rights is a top priority

A parliamentary delegation visited Council of State President Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou at her office on 22 January to officially announce that Parliament has elected her as the next President of the Hellenic Republic, with 261 votes in the 300-member legislature.

MSC picks Piraeus for homeporting from 2021

Leading cruise operator MSC Cruises announced on Wednesday in Athens a first for the Swiss-based operator: the launch of a new route across the Aegean and the East Mediterranean that will have Piraeus as its home port.

Railway security is on the right track

Security on the Greek railway network is improving according to the latest data by Eurostat, as all kinds of accidents are on the wane.

The Greek 1917

Sam Mendes' war epic "1917" has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike; it's also an Oscar favorite. Watching the film made me think about Greece's experience in the Great War.

Wind to lease ADMIE fiber-optics infrastructure

Athens-listed Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) on Tuesday announced the signing of a 15-year contract to lease out its fiber-optics grid to telecommunications supplier Wind Hellas, in its first step toward becoming active in the wholesale telecommunications market.

US firm is third suitor for Ethniki Insurance

US group Varde Partners has been added to the list of suitors for the 80 percent stake in Ethniki Insurance, Greece's biggest insurer.
According to sources, Varde Partners is among the bidders short-listed for the second stage of the tender, concerning binding offers.

Athens plans for a 15-yr bond issue next week

The Public Debt Management Agency is ready for Greece's first market foray of 2020, with the issue of a 15-year bond, which is seen raising 2-2.5 billion euros.

Stretcher-bearers to strike on Thursday

Greece's state hospitals will be without stretcher-bearers on Thursday as the union representing them has called a 24-hour strike to protest understaffing and a lack of state funding.

30% of the Households in Bulgaria Face Difficulties in Paying Utility Bills on Time

Improving the living conditions of its people and fighting poverty and social exclusion is a central part of European Union policies. Nevertheless, there are still households in the EU that have difficulties in making ends meet. In 2018, almost 7% of households had been unable to pay utility bills (heating, electricity, gas, water, etc.) on time, due to financial difficulties.

Authorities on alert over Wuhan coronavirus

Greece's health authorities have been placed on alert due to the outbreak in Wuhan, central China of a deadly coronavirus which has led to the death of six people and at least 300 infections.

With a nod from Parliament, Greece gets first female president

Top judge Katerina Sakellaropoulou became Greece's first woman president on Wednesday when lawmakers elected her head of state in a rare display of unity.
Sakellaropoulou, 63, has been president of the Council of State, Greece's top administrative court. She will succeed Prokopis Pavlopoulos, whose five-year term expires in March.

Greek islanders protest overcrowded refugee camps

Local residents, business owners and officials have launched a day of protest on the Greek islands hardest hit by migration, demanding that the Greek government ease the severe overcrowding at refugee camps.