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Athens airport concession contract extension approved by Greek Parliament

A wide majority of Parliament MPs on Thursday approved of a finance ministry draft bill extending the concession for the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport of Athens, naftemporiki.gr reports. Deputies from ruling SYRIZA and main opposition New Democracy (ND) party approved the bill, while the lesser opposition parties voted against or "present". The concession extension rose to 1.1 billion euros, after an earlier offer by the concessionaire, at 680 million euros, was nixed by the European Commission's directorate-general for Competition (DG COMP) as unsatisfactory. The government and independent auditors that had accepted the first offer claimed that the wrong data was used to estimate the airport concession's market value. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Leonid Mamchenkov Let's block ads! (Why?)

Award-winning Australian writer Hannah Kent to visit Athens and Thessaloniki

The award-winning Australian writer, Hannah Kent, with millions of readers around the world, will be in Athens and Thessaloniki, in order to meet her fans, int.ert.gr reports. Kent will be at the Public bookshop on Syntagma Square in central Athens, on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 21:00, where she will talk about her work with journalist-writer Stella Kasdagli. On the following day, Wednesday February 20 at 19:00, the Australian writer will be at the Public bookstore on Tsimiski, where she will talk with journalist Lemonia Vasvani, answer her fans’ questions and sign copies of her books. Who is Hanna Kent Hannah Kent was born in Adelaide in 1985. Her first novel, the international bestseller, Burial Rites (2013), was translated into 30 languages and was shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize) and the Guardian First Book Award. It won the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, the Indie Awards Debut Fiction Book of the Year as well as the Victorian Premier’s People’s Choice Award, and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. It is currently being adapted for film by Sony TriStar. Hannah’s second novel, The Good People was published in 2016 (ANZ) and 2017 (UK and North America). It has been translated into 10 languages and was shortlisted for the Walter Scott Award for Historical Fiction, the Indie Books Award for Literary Fiction, the ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year and the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. It is currently being adapted for film by Aquarius Productions. She is also the co-founder and publishing director of Australian literary publication Kill Your Darlings, and a Patron for World Vision Australia. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: http://hannahkentauthor.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

First Energy Leadership Summit to be held in Athens in June

Athens will be the location this upcoming June for the launching of the first Annual Energy Leadership Summit. The news came in an announcement made last week at a Transatlantic Leadership Network conference in Washington, according to greekreporter.com.  The Energy Leadership Summit's goal is to build the global clean-energy economy. Experts and industry leaders at the Summit will discuss policies and current practices as well as explore challenges and future opportunities. Hundreds of policymakers and industry leaders in the clean energy arena are expected to attend the Athens event. Greece is considered to be an important player in promoting and implementing clean energy practices due to the country’s abundance of natural resources. According to energy experts, Greece can take advantage of its 300+ days a year of sunshine to promote solar power options, and explore the use of other clean energy alternatives. Additional options for future exploitation are water and wind power, along with the use of clean natural gas. Experts, diplomats and US officials spoke of the significance of having a solid bi-lateral relationship between the US and Greece at least week’s TLN event, titled “Mediterranean Basin: Opportunities and Obstacles.” The University of Piraeus’ Department of European and International Studies and Tsomokos SA  are partnering with the Transatlantic Leadership Network to launch the summit. The event is being organized under the auspices of the President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopis Pavlopoulos and in association with the Greek Ministry of Environment and Energy. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Saintfevrier  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Cabinet greenlights changes in Cyprus Investment Program

The Cabinet approved Wednesday a series of changes to make the Cyprus Investment Program even more targeted and trustworthy, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said, according to CNA In statements at the Presidential Palace, the Minister of Finance noted that the Cabinet was informed Wednesday about the results of an economic impact study in relation to the Cyprus Investment Program. Since the beginning of the project in 2013, 1864 cases of naturalization have been approved and 6. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek “Blessings and Vows” wins best documentary awards

Katerina Zacharia’s documentary “Blessings and Vows”, which follows an octogenarian villager from historic Mani area in Peloponnese, Greece committed to keeping her personal and village beliefs, traditions, and identity alive, has recently won several awards around the world. The film, which has been screened at international festivals this past winter, won Best Documentary for December 2018 at the Festigious Film Festival. It also clinched the Best Documentary award at the Eurasia International Monthly Film Festival that same month. Metaxia Anaplioti, the villager featured in the story, has kept a forty-nine-year-old vow to light a candle every day at the church of Hagioi Theodoroi in Vamvaka, Mani. Constructed in the eleventh century, the church carries its own long history and complex identity, which reflects that of the village itself. Anaplioti’s vow, and the church’s history, are central to the questions of the documentary regarding traditions and memory. The forces which keep tradition and belief alive, and the significance of creating and remembering your own story, are the main themes of the film. As Zacharia describes the film, “the preservation of the church across ten centuries sustains collective identity … for the villagers. A sense of historical continuity is sustained by memory, belief, imagination and narrative.” This exploration of identity also earned “Blessings and Vows” the title of Finalist for Best Short Documentary for December 2018 at The Monthly Film Festival. Even though it has racked up plenty of accolades, the film is not close to done with the festival circuit. It will be screened at plenty of upcoming film festivals in 2019, including the International Documentary Festival Ierapetra in August, where it will compete for Best Documentary. Zacharia, the director of the acclaimed documentary, has spent her life dedicated to understanding the past and our connection to it. She is employed as a professor at the Department of Classics & Archaeology at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The PhD-holding academic recently won the President Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award, the most prestigious award offered by Loyola Marymount. The documentary is dedicated to the memory of the faith-filled villager Metaxia Anaplioti, who passed in 2018. You can learn more about Katerina Zacharia on her own website. You can watch the trailer for “Blessings and Vows” below... RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Vaggelis Vlahos Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Minister stands firm on realizing Crete-Attica power connection

Greek government insists on proceeding with the power interconnection of Crete and Attica even without European Commission co-funding. This is made clear in a letter from Energy Minister Giorgos Stathakis to Energy Commissioner Miguel Arias Canete, dated January 30, ekathimerini.com reports. In his letter the minister points out that Greece supports the realization of the project linking the island of Crete to the mainland power grid as part of the broader scheme to connect the networks of Crete, Cyprus and Israel, as designed and included in the list of the Projects of Common Interest (PCI), but only provided that the national section of the plan is implemented by an entity in which state-controlled Independent Power Transmission Operator (ADMIE) owns a 51 percent stake. Stathakis acknowledges that both Greece and Cyprus would benefit in many ways if the Crete-Attica project stayed in the PCI list. However, he adds that as ADMIE subsidiary Ariadne is the entity that is to implement the project, the only requirement for Greek and Cypriot interests to be preserved is for EuroAsia, the Crete-Cyprus-Israel project’s contractor, to comply with its obligations and accept Ariadne as the entity that will construct the Crete-Attica linkup. The minister claims EuroAsia has a February 28 deadline to elect whether it accepts the section’s realization by Ariadne, and urges Canete to intervene, saying that otherwise the Greek government will withdraw its support for the entire PCI. Stathakis further accuses the EuroAsia consortium of violating the cooperation memorandum it signed with ADMIE in October 2017: “Instead of participating in good faith in achieving consensus on promoting the common goal, the project contractor has started a tender for the entire interconnection without the participation of ADMIE, contrary to the aforementioned agreement,” Stathakis argues. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Let's block ads! (Why?)

AP report: Seven arrests for counterfeit cash targeting tourism in Greece

AP reports from Thessaloniki that seven men have been arrested in northern Greece after police seized bundles of fake U.S. $100 bills stashed in a warehouse with a total face value of $200,000. The suspects, all Greeks, aged 40 to 64, include a retired print shop worker. Three more men are wanted for questioning. Regional police chief Lt Gen. Miltiadis Poursanidis said Wednesday that the notes were of a high quality and would not be detected by ordinary scanning devices. The bills, he said, were destined for distribution at nearby import and tourism businesses. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: publicdomainpictures.net Let's block ads! (Why?)

Athens to welcome carnival season with event in Plaka on Sunday

In a tribute to Greece's folk traditions during carnival, the Museum of Modern Greek Culture is cooperating with the Social Cooperative Enterprise (SCE) Folknet to organise an event that is open to the public this Sunday, to mark the start of the Greek carnival season or 'Apokries', ANA reports. A troupe of northern Greek "bell-bearers" and musicians from Flambouro, Serres will present their local carnival traditions, which include impressive costumes and music, in a procession through the streets of Plaka beneath the Acropolis starting at 11:30. This will pass by Kydathinaion, Tripodon, Kyrristou, Panos and Areos streets where the museum's various current facilities are situated (Aeridon Baths, Panos Street Museum and Tzisdaraki Mosque) and arrive at the spot where the museum is to be relocated, at Areos 10. Entrance to all events is free of charge. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: www.infocenterpatras.gr Let's block ads! (Why?)

New documentary on Giannis Antetokoumpo’s fascinating career (video)

A new 30-minute documentary on the incredible life of the Greek basketball star Giannis Antetokounmpo will be shown on the US television channel TNT on Saturday, February 16, according to greekreporter.com. The new documentary will debut at 5:30 PM Eastern time (2230 GMT) and will feature both interviews and backstage footage of Antetokounmpo’s NBA team, the Milwaukee Bucks. The show will focus on the basketball phenom’s fascinating career so far and will include “quite a few previously untold stories” according to ESPN analyst Jonathan Givony. The documentary is scheduled to be aired before the popular three-point contest, dunking contest and skills contests which are part of the NBA’s All Star weekend. The competition and all related events will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina. The trailer for the documentary has been already broadcast and can be viewed at the link below. It trails some of the star’s candid moments, and the most impressive achievements so far, in his improbable life. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Keith Allison Let's block ads! (Why?)

World’s largest espionage headquarters opens in Berlin after 12 years

 More than €1bn and 12 years after construction began, Germany’s Federal Intelligence Service (BND) has officially opened its new Berlin home, the world’s biggest intelligence headquarters with a footprint the size of 36 football pitches, theguardian.com reports. The building, close to the route of the former Berlin Wall, is one of Germany’s most secretive spaces, with strict security rules regulating what employees there can and cannot do. The site previously housed police barracks, destroyed during the second world war and later became the site of an East German sports stadium, demolished as part of Germany’s bid to host the 2000 Olympics. RELATED TOPICS: Greece, Greek tourism news, Tourism in Greece, Greek islands, Hotels in Greece, Travel to Greece, Greek destinations , Greek travel market, Greek tourism statistics, Greek tourism report Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons License: CC-BY-SA Copyright: Andi Weiland Let's block ads! (Why?)