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EU takes Greece to court over failure to update flood risk maps

The European Commission on Thursday decided to refer Greece to the Court of Justice of the European Union for failing to provide updated flood risk and flood hazard maps as required by its floods directive. It was the only EU member country not to comply. The European Commission Thursday launched legal action …

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EU Commissioner urges full investigation into alleged migrants’ pushback in Greece.

The European Commission has called on Greek authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into fresh allegations of illegal migrant deportations, stated Ylva Johansson, the EU’s Home Affairs Commissioner, on Monday. Video footage published by the New York Times on Friday shows the Greek Coast Guard rounding up asylum …

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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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Greece rejects EU Commission proposal for 15% cuts in gas consumption

After Spain, also Greece and Portugal rejected the proposal of European Commission that called for 15% cuts in  natural gas consumption mainly to help Germany. Government spokesman Giannis Oikonomou told reporters at Thursday noon: “the Greek government does not agree on principle with the Commission’s proposal for a 15% reduction …

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EU Commission approves €31.5mn direct grants to specific type of farmers

The European Commission has approved 31.5 million euros in direct grants for the support of specific types of farmers and producers affected by restrictive measures imposed during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. Announced on Wednesday, the state funding budget was approved under the EU’s State Aid Temporary Framework and will be …

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EU Commission sees Greece’s growth rates at 4.1% in 2021 and 6% in 2022

The European Commission revised its forecasts for Greek economic growth upwards on Wednesday, projecting growth rates of 4.1% in 2021 and 6% in 2022. In its report on spring economic forecasts, the EU’s executive body said that the coronavirus pandemic and all related restrictive measures led the Greek economy to …

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Von der Leyen admits: EU late to approve Covid-19 vaccines

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen acknowledged on Wednesday that the European Union was not where it wanted to be in the fight against the coronavirus. “We were late with the approval. We were too optimistic on mass production. And perhaps we were also too certain that the orders …

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