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Athens major overhaul to create more space for pedestrians and bicyclists

The Athens municipality gave the green light for the implementation of the Athens downtown urban restructuring plan that will create long pedestrian walking zones in the center of the Greek capital. According to the plan, a 6.8 km-long pedestrian walk is to be established and this also includes the historical …

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Athens Great Walk and “red carpet” for pedestrians

The Great Walk of Athens, the project that overhauls the city center “to encourage on-foot exploration by tourists” – as it is official said – has been pilot tested on Thursday. The testing affected the several streets including the avenues of Vassilissis Olgas and Irodou Attikou, where the first zones …

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Outcry after Gov’t bans cars from downtown Athens, fines 150 euros

The government shocked Athenians on Friday morning with a joint ministerial decision banning cars traffic in a large part of downtown Athens, including main avenues. Restrictions will be valid from mid-June and for a period of 3+3 months. Violators are threatened with a fine of 150 euros. Officially, reason for …

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Thissio: Municipality destroys Handicraft Artists in Athens’ most colorful area

The Municipality of Athens is destroying one of the most colorful areas in the historical center of the Greek capital. The 300 artists who sell their homemade handicraft in the area of Thissio should be removed and relocated outside three metro stations in Keramikos and Victoria squares quite far from …

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IIF’s Dallara in Athens for Talks with Greek PM, FinMin

Charles Dallara, managing director of Institute for International Finance (IIF) is rushing to Athens on Wednesday for talks with Prime Minister Lucas Papademos and Finance Minister Evangelos Venizelos. The talks will focus on the participation of private investors holding Greek bonds and the proposed 50% ‘haircut’. In Frankfurt, Germany, talks …

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UNHCR expresses concern at Greece’s asylum plans

The United Nations refugees agency UNHCR expressed concern about Greek proposals to overhaul laws affecting asylum seekers, saying they could weaken the protection of refugees. Greece is proposing to streamline a lengthy asylum process and deport rejected asylum seekers. A draft law is pending in the Greek parliament. The law …

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24-hour General Strike paralyzes Greece, disrupts transport

Public services, schools, banks, courts closed, hospitals and health service with emergency staff, ferries docked and main disruptions in public transport means are the main features of the 24-hour general strike decided by workers unions in public and private sector. Two months after it came to power, neo-liberal New Democracy …

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Labor Ministry to reduce fines for undeclared work, raise minimum wage

Fines for undeclared work will be reduced in order to create incentives for full time jobs, Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou revealed right after Christmas. In an interview with the Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA), Labour Minister Efi Achtsioglou revealed plans to overhaul the architecture of the fine system for undeclared labour …

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Piraeus Bank says will respond to central bank audit over regulatory violations

Piraeus Bank said on Monday it will respond to a draft report of a Bank of Greece audit that found regulatory violations during 2014-16 and that a final report by the central bank would follow thereafter. Piraeus shares came under selling pressure last week, prompting the bank to say it …

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