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Council of Europe: Greece must effectively investigate Pylos shipwreck

Greece has a legal obligation to conduct effective investigations into the Pylos shipwreck, which resulted in the death of more than 80 persons with many hundreds still missing, Council of Europe (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic said in a letter addressed to Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis released …

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Four water-dropping Canadair from France, Italy deployed Greece

Four water-dropping aircraft Canadair from France and Italy are expected to arrive in Greece to help put out the fires. The aircraft will arrive following a request of the Civil Protection to EU  Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic. “Following Greece’s request for assistance to tackle wildfires in the Attica …

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Greece welcomes EU decision to double rescEU aerial firefighting fleet

Greece’s Ministry of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection welcomed the European Commission’s doubling of the rescEU’s aerial firefighting fleet for this year’s fire season, pointing out that this decision was an official Greek proposal and an important step for protecting the country against fires. The ministry underlined, Greece welcomes the …

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Palaiolithic cutting tools found on Lesvos

A remarkable number of large cutting tools from the Paleolithic Period were identified and handed over to the Ephorate of Antiquities of Lesvos by retired doctor and researcher Vassilis Koumarelas. Koumarelas handed over to authorities chisels, cutters, trihedrals, scrapers, pickaxes, blades, flakes, cores and products of their division, which he …

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Greece joins EU efforts to evacuate civilians from Sudan, incl. 150 Greeks

The Greek government is actively engaged to evacuate Greek citizens from Sudan, however, the current circumstances in the country in the bring of civil war are grim. Nonetheless, there joint European Union efforts to evacuate some 1,000  European citizens once the conditions allow it. “If a safe way out is …

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Von der Leyen’s Qatargate inquiry targets links to Avramopoulos

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen launched an urgent inquiry into her 26 commissioners’ links to former EU migration chief Dimitris Avramopoulos, who has been caught up in spiraling corruption allegations about Qatari influence in Brussels. Commissioners have half a day to respond to von der Leyen, until 10:30 …

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Greece proposes 80-billion-euro energy fund to European Commission

Τhe European Commission should set up an 80-billion-euro fund to deal with the fallout from high natural gas prices, proposed Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas to EU officials on Tuesday. Skrekas made the proposal ahead of the Ministers of Energy Emergency Council on Friday, in a letter to Executive …

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Caravan of Syrian refugees leave Turkey for Greece and Europe; reports

Greece’s Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarakis dismissed reports by Turkish media claiming that a caravan of thousands of Syrian refugees is moving towards Greece and Europe. “A caravan of refugees has not yet been formed, and it has yet to be demonstrated that the efforts of those on social …

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40 refugees stranded on Evros islet; child dies after scorpion stung; calls on their rescue

A group of some 40 migrants have been stranded on an islet in Evros River since the beginning of August. Among them a 5-year-old girl from Syria that was stung by a scorpion and died. However, the girl’s body remains unburied. Greek authorities call on Turkey to take care of …

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EU Commission: Enhanced surveillance of Greece will not be prolonged past August 20

The European Commission will not prolong the enhanced surveillance of Greece once it expires on 20 August, it said on Wednesday. In a statement, the Commission said that “following exchanges with the Greek authorities, including at the Eurogroup meeting of June 16, the Commission acknowledges that Greece has delivered on …

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Op-Ed: Civil Protection Minister rules out “lightning” as cause of Athens fire

“Investigations have ruled out lightning or a short circuit as the causes of Tuesday’s Penteli fire in North-East Athens,” Civil Protection Minister Christos Stylianides said at an extraordinary life briefing on Wednesday afternoon. It was certainly a surprise for the former EU Commissioner to have to rule out “lightning” on …

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Posidonia International Shipping Expo kicks off in Athens on June 6

Posidonia International Shipping Exhibition will be held at the Athens’ Metropolitan Exhibition Centre on June 6-10, organizers Posidonia Exhibitions SA said on Thursday. A total of 1,929 companies from 88 countries exhibit their products and services, while the expo will include 24 national pavilions from Europe, North America and Asia, …

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“Εnhanced surveillance for Greece to end in August,” says EU Commission

The European Commission gave the green light for the disbursement of 748 million euros to Greece from the Eurogroup, based on the 14th report of post-memorandum enhanced surveillance that was released on Tuesday. In the report, the Commission noted that Greece has taken the necessary steps to reach the agreed …

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EU Commission urged to investigate liners over ‘unfair’ and ‘discriminatory’ practices

The European Association for Forwarding, Transport, Logistics and Customs Services (CLECAT) has sent a letter to the European Union, urging for an inquiry into the container shipping sector, alleging unfair and discriminatory practice. “The profiteering of ocean shipping carriers resulting from their capacity management strategy allowed them to acquire the …

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