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Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis chaired a meeting on Friday to discuss the prospects of state-run TV channel ERT and ways to turn it into a modern and pluralistic public service broadcaster.
The meeting was attended by government spokesman Stelios Petsas, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras, Culture Minister Lina Mendoni and Deputy Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis.
Bank of Greece Governor Yannis Stournaras has announced that the central bank will propose the full lifting of capital controls which were imposed in June, 2015, when Greece's second bailout memorandum had ended and the the Tsipras government was still refusing to sign a new memorandum with creditors and EU partners.
The Aegean islands of Milos and Crete have been voted, respectively, first and second Best Island of Europe for 2019 by readers of the American Travel + Leisure magazine.
Paros, last year's number one pick, placed fourth, ahead of Santorini in fifth place.
"Greece rules this list with four islands," the magazine declared on its website.
Greek President Prolopis Pavlopoulos returned unsigned the two presidential decrees on the appointment by the previous SYRIZA government of the new prosecutor and president of the Supreme Court.
Since the decrees were not signed by the president, they are considered null and void and therefore are not binding for the government of New Democracy.
The European emergency number 112, which could have contributed to timely evacuations ahead of the deadly storms that pummeled Halkidiki on Wednesday night, will be up and running at the end of 2019, Digital Governance Minister Kyriakos Pierrakakis announced Friday, during a visit to the operation center of the General Secretariat of Civil Protection.
Piraeus Bank is looking into a strategic partnership with a major Asian Pacific financial conglomerate that will help it provide financing to Greek shipping companies, Greece's largest lender by assets said on Friday.
Piraeus did not name the Asian partner, nor provide details of what form such a deal would take.
Just two days after freak storms led to seven deaths in Halkidiki, northern Greece, a fire was reported to have broken out on agricultural land between the settlements of Nikiti and Neos Marmaras.
A firefighting contingent of 20 men and 10 engines was dispatched to tackle the blaze which broke out on a farm covering around a hectare of land.
A Romanian man vacationing with his family in Halkidiki, Greece, who got injured by a violent hail storm on Wednesday night will be discharged from hospital today, Romania's Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said on Friday.