Nikos Pappas

Gov't having second thoughts over levy on smartphones and PCs

The government appears ready to reconsider a 2 percent levy on smartphones and computers.

According to Wednesday statements by Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas, who was among the ministers who signed the relevant amendment, the measure introduced by the Culture Ministry is to be reviewed.

Gov't to reconsider copyright levy, minister says

Greece's left-led government will reconsider a controversial decision to impose a one-off 2 percent levy on electronic appliances such as smartphones, tablets and computers, Digital Policy Minister Nikos Pappas has said.

The levy,  included in an amendment tabled in Parliament Tuesday, is in favor of copyright holders.

Greek space agency a plum position for party cronies, former director says

Distinguished Greek-American scientist Stamatios Krimigis, who recently resigned as director of Greece's newly-established Hellenic Space Agency (HSA) just weeks into his tenure, has accused the leftist-led government of turning the organization into a plum position for party cronies.

Mitsotakis vows to scrap Ministry of Digital Policy

Conservative opposition leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday vowed to scrap the Ministry of Digital Policy, currently led by SYRIZA's Nikos Pappas, when New Democracy comes to power, accusing the leftist-led government of undermining the progress of Greece's digital technology sector which includes 8,000 businesses that contribute 8 percent to gross domestic product.

Pappas meets Wilbur Ross in Washington for talks on bilateral ties, economy

Digital Economy Minister Nikos Pappas has met with US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in Washington for talks that focused on bilateral ties and the Greek economy. 

In a post on Twitter, Pappas said he and Ross discussed the "very good course" of Greek-American relations and the "positive prospects for the Greek economy."

Greeks ever more dominant in the Euroleague

Vassilis Spanoulis is back for good, leading Olympiakos to a home triumph over Euroleague favorite CSKA Moscow, while Panathinaikos produced an emphatic victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv, as the table's top four includes the two Greek superpowers.

Panathinaikos extended its perfect home record beating Maccabi 89-76 on Tuesday, shaking off the absence of injured playmaker Nick Calathes.