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EU Commission urges Greece to implement smoking ban

The number of smokers in Greece has decreased over the last five years, however, the non-implementation of a smoking ban in enclosed public places has irritated the public, which calls it “cultural degradation,” writes European affairs website euractiv.com. The European Commission  generally advises Greece to implement the smoking ban which …

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Will the EU dare ban our Gyros and Kebab? #Free_Gyros

Hardly had the news that the European Union will ban Kebab and Gyros for food safety reasons, the hashtag #Free_Gryos became trendy in Greek Twitter where hundreds of Greeks added their own tzatziki sauce on the upcaming real or fake news ban. Εχουν βάλει συντηρητικά παντού, μολύνουν το περιβάλλον, βομβαρδίζουν …

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EU Commission says it can’t do anything on Return of Parthenon Marbles because “they’re old”

After several written requests the European Commission finally took position on the return of the Parthenon Marbles in the context of Brexit. In a notion to SYRIZA MEP Stelios Kouloglou, the Commission said there is nothing it can do arguing the Marbles are old. MEP Kouloglou had already written twice …

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EU Commission sends anti-pollution vessel to assist Greece in oil spill clean up

The European Commission has responded to Greece’s request for assistance and has sent an anti-pollution vessel to help with the clean up of the oil spill in the Saronic Gulf. According to a statement issued by the European Commission, Greece had activated the European Civil Protection Mechanism requesting the vessel. …

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EU Commission to give Greece €209mln to help refugees with rent, cash

The European Commission will give Greece 209 million euros ($245 million) in new emergency aid to help refugees stranded in the country rent homes and pay for basics with a cash card, the Commission said on Thursday. About 62,000 refugees and migrants, mainly Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis headed to northern …

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European Commission will set out plan to tackle air traffic control strikes

The European commission is expected to act to reduce the impact of air traffic control strikes, which have disrupted thousands of flights in recent years, with British holidaymakers often badly affected.  Airlines are expecting Brussels to call on member states this week to protect international flights passing over its airspace …

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Commission’s vision for Eurozone integration: a Finance Minister, a Fund and “eurobonds”

The European Commission presented on Wednesday (31 May) its proposal to “move forward” on eurozone integration with a treasury, a finance minister and several instruments to make the financial sector less vulnerable to crises. incl the issuing  of “eurobonds” that are proposed as “safe asset”. The Commission document calls on …

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EU cuts Greece growth forecast, blames the country for review delay

The European Union has sharply cut the growth forecast for Greece on Thursday, sparking worries that the long delay in the second review of the third bailout program was damaging the economy. European lenders are in a row the International Monetary Fund over the sustainability of the Greek debt. The …

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IMF demands €450mn austerity cuts in unemployment, poverty allowances for 2018

The austerity nightmare has no end. Despite the fact that the International Monetary Fund has only an adviser role in the third bailout program, it keeps pushing and pushing for cuts and more cuts without end. It wants cuts in unemployment allowance – currently at 360 euro. Cuts in poverty …

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EU Commission confirms Greece’s primary surplus 2016 well above target

Greece’s primary surplus was 4.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) last year, significantly above the target set for Athens under its bailout program, the European Commission said on Monday. “The mission is returning to Athens today with the objective of concluding a sub-level agreement as soon as possible on …

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