Public safety

Athens to get ‘smart’ traffic light system

The Athens Traffic Police said on Monday that a "smart" traffic light system equipped with surveillance cameras to monitor pedestrians and motorists will soon be piloted in the Greek capital.

The exact location where the system will be installed was not revealed. The results of the pilot program will be evaluated in order to expand the measure throughout Attica.

Trial date for death of gay activist set for October 21

The trial over the death of 33-year-old LGBTQI activist Zak Kostopoulos in September 2018 in central Athens has been set for October 21.

Six people - two store owners and four police officers - are facing charges of causing fatal bodily harm.

The activist's family had lamented the delays in setting a date.

Draft law regarding measures to prevent and combat effects of COVID-19 pandemic on Gov't meeting agenda

The Government is to approve on Monday's meeting a draft law regarding some measures for the prevention and combat of the effects of COVID-19 pandemic which are to be implemented after 15 May, when the state of emergency will be switched to a state of alert.

Up against society

Are the crowds of young people who have been congregating recently in public squares in Athens and other parts of the country politically guided acts of the usual kind or spontaneous gatherings? Even if they did start as a reaction by young people to being cooped up at home for seven weeks, these party-like gatherings soon became political.

IntMin Vela says travel declarations not needed after May 15, unless cases exploding

Interior Minister Marcel Vela said on Monday that bona fide declarations for people's movement during the COVID-19 are singled out for being discarded after May 15, when a state of alert will be declared except for quarantined areas, however we are still two weeks away, and the cases of infection with the novel coronavirus have to be on a downward path for that to happen.

Thousands of officers to conduct checks over Labor Day weekend

About 3,000 police officers will be deployed on Friday and over the Labor Day weekend to conduct checks on cars and prevent overcrowding as part of the plan to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Police officers will be at toll stations around the country carrying out checks to all the vehicles, while others will patrol the roads and make recommendations.

IntMin Vela says a state of alert might follow next

Interior Minister Marcel Vela admitted on Wednesday that the state of emergency could be replaced after 15 May with a state of alert at national level. He told a broadcast on Realitatea Plus private television station that the purpose of this demarche is to protect public health. "Yes, a state of alert might follow next.