Latest News from Greece

Bill extending territorial waters is tabled

A bill that extends Greece's territorial waters to 12 miles from the current 6 on the western part of the country only has been tabled in Parliament.

The parliamentary committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense will begin debate on the bill on Tuesday, January 12; a second reading will take place on Jan. 15 and the plenary session will take up the bill on Jan. 19.

Lockdown extended for a week, to Jan. 18

Greece will remain on lockdown until Monday, January 18, Deputy Minister for Civil Protection Nikos Hardalias announced Friday.

The only change is the opening of kindergartens, nurseries and elementary schools on Jan. 11.

This means retail stores and hairdressers stay closed.

Coronavirus: 721 new cases, 49 deaths

Greek authorities announced 721 new cases of coronavirus and 49 fatalities over the past 24 hours Friday.

Greece's total number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic is now 143,494, with 5,195 dead.

A total of 386 patients remain on ventilators in intensive care units while 950 have left ICU.

Studio of eminent modernist ceramist to be listed for protection

The studio where one of Greece's pre-eminent modernist ceramists found inspiration for nearly 50 years thanks to the pioneering design of one of the country's great architects, will be listed as a historical monument, the Culture Ministry said on Thursday.

Stricter travel restrictions reintroduced for Greece

Travel restrictions that were partially eased for the Christmas and New Year's holidays are going back into effect through January 21, at least, according to a Notice to Airmen and a joint ministerial decision published on Friday.

PM says Greece will ramp up speed of Covid-19 vaccinations

Greece's prime minister says his country will ramp up the speed of its coronavirus vaccination drive.

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Friday that Greece is aiming to vaccinate about 8,000 people or more per day compared to the current 5,000 per day.

He mentioned the goal on Friday at the start of a government meeting on Covid-19.

Greece looking to the US with concern and hope

While eagerly awaiting the post-Trump era of US politics, Greek leaders condemned Wednesday's storming of Capitol Hill in Washington by supporters of the outgoing Donald Trump. 

Cosmote TV to screen ATP tour

Continuing for the next three years, the top tournaments of the ATP Tour will be hosted exclusively in Greece on Cosmote Sport HD, as leading subscription TV platform Cosmote TV announced on Thursday it has renewed its agreement with the ATP and ATP Media for the 2021-2023 seasons, securing over 2,000 hours of live broadcasts every year.

Opposition chief seeks meeting of political leaders on health crisis

The chief of the main opposition SYRIZA party, Alexis Tsipras has called for a meeting of the country's political leaders to discuss the management of the coronavirus pandemic, while also pushing for Greece to take steps to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines can be produced domestically.

Greece among top six in 2020 for EU fund absorption

Greece came sixth among the European Union's 28 member-states in the absorption of community funding, the Development Ministry said on Thursday.

Citing European Commission data, the ministry said Greece's absorption rate in 2020 reached 62%, with total expenditures of 11.6 billion euros. Greece also activated 6.5 billion euros to finance its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Turkish FM sees talks with Greek counterpart in ‘coming weeks’

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday said that he expects to meet with his Greek counterpart, Nikos Dendias, in "the coming weeks," while indicating efforts to restart to exploratory talks between the two countries.

Turkish, Greek foreign ministers to meet soon

Turkey and Greece's foreign ministers are planning to meet in the coming weeks, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on Jan. 7. 

Major investment in power grid

The 10-year development program of the Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) contains projects budgeted at 4.1 billion euros.