Latest News from Greece

Central Macedonia, Attica, South Aegean top tourist picks

Visits to regions of Greece and expenditure by visitors to the country both posted an increase of 23 percent from 2016 to 2018, but average spending per visit remained almost the same, at 449 euros, according to a report by the Institute of the Greek Tourism Confederation (INSETE).

European Investment Bank announces major agricultural support investment in Greece

European Investment Bank (EIB) president Werner Hoyer announced ambitious plans for major investments in Greece in 2020 during a visit to Athens for talks with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Finance Minister Christos Staikouras and other government officials today.

Partnership with National Bank of Greece, Piraeus Bank

No internet limits set for majority of teenagers, study finds

Four in 10 middle and high school pupils in Greece have never had a conversation with their parents about how to use the internet safely and the majority have not been set any limits in terms of the time they can spend online or the content they're allowed to watch, according to a new study conducted by the Safer Internet Center of the Crete-based Foundation for Research & Technology and pu

Dendias meets with Lavrov at Munich forum

Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias outlined Greece's concerns stemming from Turkey's stance in the Eastern Mediterranean and Libya at Friday's Munich Security Conference.

Undersea quake rattles Karpathos island

An undersea earthquake rattled Greece's southern Aegean island of Karpathos on Friday, but there were no initial reports of damage or injuries.
The National Observatory's Geodynamic Institute gave a preliminary magnitude of 4.8 for the quake.
The quake occurred at 6.02 p.m. at a depth of 12.6 kilometers. The epicenter was located 39 kilometers northwest of Karpathos.

Underground Youth Orchestra | Athens | February 15

The Underground Youth Orchestra will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary with a concert at the Pireos Street annex of the Benaki Museum on Saturday, February 15. The band was originally formed by a group of children who would get together for rehearsals in a basement. To date, they have performed more than 60 concerts all over Greece.

Varoufakis submits recordings of Eurogroup talks

The head of Mera25 party and former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis on Friday submitted to Parliament an envelope allegedly containing his secret audio recordings from the Eurogroup meetings while he was negotiating for Greece's SYRIZA-led government in the first half of 2015.
Varoufakis said he expected House speaker Kostas Tasoulas to forward the content to Greek lawmakers.

Man in western Greece handed suspended sentence for animal abuse

A man was Friday given a 15-month suspended jail sentence and fined 5,000 euros by a misdemeanors court in the town of Igoumenitsa, western Greece, which found him guilty of beating a puppy for grabbing a chicken.
He was also ordered to pay for the cost of the trial. The court did not find any mitigating circumstances in the case. The dog has since found a new home.

Greece to launch sale of power distribution operator in September

Greece will kick off the sale of a minority stake in power distribution operator HEDNO in September, Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis said on Friday.

Speaking on the sidelines of the signing of a loan agreement between the European Investment Bank (EIB) and PPC, Hatzidakis told reporters that the sale process for a 49% stake will begin in September.

Legislation expected for pensions of Albania’s ethnic Greeks

The Labor Ministry will soon table an amendment to a bill that would have disqualified people who have not resided in Greece for 40 years from receiving a state pension, government sources said Friday.

EIB signs three loan agreements worth 300 mln euros with Greece

The European Investment Bank (EIB) on Friday announced the signing of three loan contracts with Greece for which the Finance ministry offers state guarantees.
Two of the contracts, worth 200 million euros, refer to the cooperation of Piraeus Bank and National Bank with EIB to support investments in the agricultural and agri-food sector and the bio-economy sector.

Greece calls for digital platform in EU fight against coronavirus

European Union health ministers met in Brussels on Thursday for an emergency summit to discuss a coordinated response to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. Greece's Vassilis Kikilias recommended a digital platform that would allow member-states' crisis management authorities to exchange information related to the health scare in real time.

Defence minister asks NATO to help halt migration influx in Aegean

Greek Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos called for the strengthening of NATO's presence in the Aegean Sea on Thursday so as to halt, as he said, the migration influx from Turkey, speaking at the two-day meeting of NATO Defense Ministers in Brussels, February 12-13.

Nine vultures found poisoned in central Greece

Reports emerged from Mesolongi, central Greece, a few days ago of the country's most serious case of vulture poisoning in the last decade, with nine dead birds found so far in the area's lagoon, while two others were transported to hospital in Athens.

Petrich Municipality Investigated by OLAF

OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Office, is investigating the municipality of Petrich for alleged misuse of € 750,000 allocated to repair an already non-existing building. The project is co-financed by a program for cross-border cooperation between Bulgaria and Greece. The money was received to repair the former border police premises and to make the building a museum.