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EU Commission warns Greece over waste management on Corfu

The European Commission has sent a stern warning to Greece claiming it is violating European Union environmental laws with regard to waste management on the Ionian island of Corfu. “The Commission is calling on Greece to ensure that EU waste legislation is implemented on the ground in Corfu Island,” the …

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Tsipras: EU Commission approved Greek budget without pension cuts

The European Commission has approved Greece’s first post-bailout draft budget without requiring the implementation of legislated pension cuts, the Greek prime minister said on Saturday. “The European Commission approved the Greek budget without pension cuts after eight years of austerity,” Tsipras said, calling the development a “success”. There has been …

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European Commission releases data on Funds to Greece to deal with Migration

The European Commission has published a list of recipients of funds to Greece to deal with the migration crisis. An amount totaling 1.6 billion euros has been allocated to non-governmental organizations, international organizations and Greek authorities, even though only half of it has been disbursed. The Commission released €650 million …

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Clocks change ends in October 2019, up to EU members to decide ‘summer’ or…

Clock Change will end in Europe in October 2019, the European Commission announced on Friday. Each member state will have the freedom to decide for itself whether its citizens will live in endless summer or winter time. EU members will have to made their decisions by April 2019. “There will …

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EU Juncker to propose stop switching time, Summer Time forever

“Millions of  EU citizens said they don’t want keep changing the clocks anymore,” the President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker told German state broadcaster ZDF on Friday morning. A survey conducted by the EU Commission in revealed that 80% of EU citizens wants the end of the practice to switch …

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Petition could help UK nationals retain EU citizenship after Brexit

The European Commission has allowed a group to launch a petition calling for permanent EU citizenship after Brexit. The proposed petition on “Permanent European Union Citizenship” is to be registered on July 23 as a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI), the Commission announced. “The main objective of the proposed initiative is …

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EU Commission refers Greece, Ireland and Romania to Court of Justice

The European Commission refers Greece, Ireland and Romania to the Court of Justice for not implementing anti-money laundering rules, Brussels said on Thursday.  According to a statement issued by the Commission,  Greece and Romania have failed to implement the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive into their national law. Ireland implemented only …

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EU Commission adopts decision to activate enhanced surveillance for Greece in post-bailout

The European Commission has adopted the decision to activate the enhanced surveillance framework for Greece to support the implementation of agreed reforms following the successful conclusion of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) stability support program as of 20. August 2018. In a statement released on Wednesday, the Commission praised first …

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Commission Forecast 2018 revises down Greece’s growth

The European Commission Spring Forecast has revised down Greece’s growth in 2018 to 1.9% from 2.5% and for 2019 to 2.3% from 2.5%. The revision followed a smaller than expected growth rate last year. For next year, the EC projects a 2.3 percent growth rate for Greece, lower than its …

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Have Greece and Creditors agreed on 130,000 property auctions by 2021?

Finance ministry sources on Tuesday dismissed several local press reports claiming that the Greek coalition government has promised creditors that 130,000 auctions of foreclosed property will be held by 2021. “There is no agreement with the creditors for 130,000 auctions within the next four years, such an agreement does not …

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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 orders Greece to recover €55 million in aid for Hellenic Defense Systems

Greece will have to recover €55 million in financial support provided to largely state-owned Greek defense and munitions company, Hellenic Defense Systems SA, because the loans fell outside the scope of European Union state aid rules and distorted competition, the European Commission announced Monday. The European Commission ordered Greece on …

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