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Bulgaria Pledges No New Conditions for North Macedonia's EU Path

Bulgaria has provided assurances to the US special envoy for the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, that it will not introduce fresh conditions for the accession of the Republic of North Macedonia into the European Union (EU).

Weather service warns of storms over the weekend

Greece's National Meteorological Service (EMY) issued an emergency notice warning of thunderstorms and hail which are expected to hit the country as of Friday afternoon, starting from the northwestern regions.

Hottest October since 2010, data shows

October was Greece's warmest since 2010, according to the National Observatory of Athens.

The average maximum daily temperatures were very high compared to the average for the period 2010-19, according to the network of 51 meteorological stations that have been operating since 2010.

Woman injured by low flying coast guard helicopter

A woman was injured by a Coast Guard helicopter that was flying low on Saturday in Prieria, Central Macedonia.

As a result of the low passage of a helicopter near the beachfront of Platamonas coast in Pieria, umbrellas and seats were swept away in front of a health center and a 42-year-old foreigner was injured.

Erdogan: Thessaloniki was taken away from us

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used a pro-Palestinian rally in Istanbul to lament the loss of Ottoman Empire territories, which he said were "as much a part of us as our blood, our life and our love."

North Macedonia Demands Compensation from Bulgaria if it has to Pay the "Russian Gas" Tax

If the extraordinary energy tax on the transfer and transit of Russian natural gas through Bulgarian territory is introduced for the Republic of North Macedonia, the country will request compensation from Bulgaria and additional support from the European Union.

This was announced by the Minister of Economy of North Macedonia, Kreshnik Bekteshi, quoted by BTA.

A third of underground water is of poor quality

Over a third of Greece's underground water is of poor quality, according to the 2022 annual report from the Hellenic Survey of Geology & Mineral Exploration (EAGME). 

Smoke radars to be installed in Thessaloniki forest

The suburban hilltop forest of Seich Sou in Thessaloniki will by October 4 have three lidar systems: optical radars produced by Raymetrics, a firm that makes sensors for remote meteorological parameter monitoring.

Major parties seeking fresh impetus

Local elections frequently take on the characteristics of a referendum and serve as a platform to convey a message that voters wish to express.

Architects lose 30,000 euros to Balkans tour scam

The owner of a tour company with its headquarters in İzmir is accused of defrauding 61 members of the Chamber of Architects branch in Denizli province of roughly 30,000 euros after signing a contract for a Balkans trip.

In April 2023, the chamber which organized a Balkans tour for its members met with Emine Yıldız, the owner of an Izmir-based tour company for the trip.

Government officials to survey fire-affected areas in Evros

A government delegation embarked on a visit to assess the areas affected by the fires in Evros, in northeastern Greece, on Monday.

Heading the delegation is State Minister Makis Voridis, who is joined by Citizen Protection Minister Ioannis Oikonomou, Rural Development and Food Minister Lefteris Avgenakis, and Alternate Interior Minister Thodoris Livanios.

US official voices hope North Macedonia will proceed with EU membership bid

A senior US State Department official on Friday voiced hope that North Macedonia will be able to approve politically difficult constitutional changes that would help its bid to join the European Union.

Gabriel Escobar, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Balkan policy, said during talks in the capital Skopje that the US strongly backs the country's EU accession bid.

Pilot job relocation scheme to start in the fall

A pilot job program plans to place 500 unemployed people from the region of Western Macedonia in seasonal farm jobs in the regional unit of Iraklio, on the island of Crete.

Western Macedonia has the highest unemployment rate among Greece's 13 regions, but moving around the country to find jobs has not been done at any significant level.

Greek drivers prone to parking violations, speeding

Illegal parking and speeding are the offenses to which Greek drivers appear most prone to this summer. Indeed, one in four inspections by the Traffic Police found an infringement, with Crete leading the way.

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