By Stathis Kousounis
The number of arrivals by ferry at Greek ports recorded a decline in the first four months of the year on an annual basis, as did the number of visitors coming over to Greece from Italy by ferry, according to data released on Friday by the SETE Intelligence unit of the Association of Hellenic Tourism Enterprises.
Greek state-broadcaster Nerit reverts to its previous ERT moniker at 6 a.m. on Friday, on the two-year anniversary of the closure of ERT and its affiliates by the then Samaras government.
ERT’s closing in June 2013 generated a firestorm of criticism by the political opposition at the time, and heated responses by press unions, in the country and abroad.
Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Thursday that the differences between Greece and its lenders are "still quite large" and that Athens is expected to present alternatives within days.
Talks that concluded in Brussels hours earlier were "successful in narrowing down the remaining issues", Dijsselbloem said on the sidelines of a conference in Amsterdam.
Attica postal workers are to walk off the job on Thursday between noon and 3 p.m., calling for immediate hirings due to severe understaffing that is making it difficult for them to plan their summer vacations.
Union members warned that, unless more staff is recruited, mail will only be delivered in Attica every 10 days.