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Informal meeting of the Working Party on General Affairs of the Council of the EU

An informal meeting of the Working Party on General Affairs of the Council of the EU was held on 10 and 11 May in Sofia and Plovdiv. The event was part of the calendar of the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU. Representatives of EU Member States, the European Commission, the General Secretariat of the Council and the European External Action Service participated  in the meeting.

Keranis plant finally to get more tenants

The Greek state has taken the best part of two decades to make better use of one of its most important real estate assets, having included it in a portfolio of 28 properties for sale in a 2014 tender. This year the former Keranis cigarette factory in Piraeus will finally get some more tenants after a long period of failed efforts.

Women farmers becoming more educated, report shows

The education level of women farmers has risen significantly in recent years, according to a report commissioned by the General Secretariat of Gender Equality.

More specifically, 35.3 percent completed secondary education, compared with 13.2 percent in 1998, 18 percent in 2003 and 26.6 percent in 2008, and 4 percent have university degrees, compared with just 1 percent in 1998.

Official statistics institute denies undergoing interference or pressure from any national authority

The National Institute of Statistics (INS) has assured that "it has not been subjected to any interference or pressure of any kind on from any national authority," arguing that a government decision approved on Thursday under which the institute "is organised and operates as a specialist body of the central public administration under the authority of the government and the co-ordination of the

Most rapes in Greece go unreported

There are fears that most perpetrators of rape and sexual abuse in Greece go unpunished as a dearth of medical examiners means only a fraction of cases of sexual assault are officially reported. 

According to the General Secretariat for Gender Equality, around 5,000 rapes occur in the country every year. But only about 150 are certified by a medical examiner.

Serbia's Fears about Kosovo Joining Interpol 'Unfounded'

Kosovo's bid to join Interpol has caused fears in Serbia that international warrants could be issued for members of its security forces who participated in the 1999 Kosovo war, but watchdog NGOs say that the prosecution of suspected war criminals depends on political will in Serbia itself.