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375 migrants onboard of Turkish-flagged vessel disembark on Kos

375 migrants on board of a Turkish-flagged cargo ship disembarked at the port of the island of Kos in the early morning hours of Sunday and were transferred to the local Reception and Identification Migrant Center, Greece’s Migration and Asylum ministry said in a statement on Sunday. A woman had …

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EU countries split over joint response to energy price spike

European Union countries failed to agree on a bloc-wide response to surging energy prices in an emergency meeting of government ministers on Tuesday, with some countries seeking a regulatory overhaul and others firmly opposed. European gas prices have hit record highs this autumn and remain at lofty levels, prompting most …

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Agricultural Minister urges banks to increase funding of primary sector investments

Greece’s Agricultural Minister has urged banks to increase the funding of primary sector investments. Speaking at the annual AgriBusiness International Forum in Athens, Agriculture Development & Food Minister Spilios Livanos told the banking sector that it should assume its responsibilities. “It would be a historic mistake if the banking system …

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EU: Several Airlines agree to quickly refund canceled flights

The European Commission has reached a deal with airlines to provide EU consumers guaranteed timely refunds on canceled flights. The EU commission announced said quick cancellation refunds were in line with EU law Several airline companies agreed on Wednesday to reimburse passengers in Europe for canceled flights within seven days, …

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Greece calls on EU to help countries stop influx of Afghan migrants into Europe

Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday called on the EU to help countries neighbouring Afghanistan to stop a new influx of migrants into Europe from the Taliban-controlled country. The return of the hardline group to power in Kabul on 15 August has plunged the future of many Afghans into …

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Greek politicians request lifting status of protected witnesses on Novartis scandal

Six Greek politicians have submitted a request to judicial authorities to remove the whistleblowers’ identity protection who have implicated them into the Novartis scandal. The request was submitted to the judicial council of the Special Court on Thursday. The whistleblowers, “code-named ‘Kelesi’ and ‘Maximos Sarafis‘ had alleged that the high-profile …

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Work on Lesvos migrant camp yet to begin 9 months after fire

Almost 9 months after a fire gutted a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, work on a new reception center has still not begun despite pledges to have the facility built before next winter, Greece’s migration minister confirmed Wednesday. Greek authorities said the fires were started deliberately last …

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Greece seeks bids to build closed camps for migrants on the islands

Greece has launched a European Union-wide tender to build two closed-type facilities replacing migrant camps on its islands, a move that has been criticised by a leading human rights advocate. The conservative government first announced in late 2019 its plan to move asylum-seekers to closed holding centres as part of …

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Turkey escorts boats with migrants to European borders, says Greece in letter to EU

Turkish Coast Guard and Port Authority vessels are escorting inflatable boats with migrants towards European borders, Migration & Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi charged on Monday in a letter to the European Commission. Addressing it to European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas and Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johannson, Mitarachi said that “it …

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