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US interest for tender to develop Greek ports of Alexandroupolis and Kavala

The US investment fund "Black Summit Financial Group" is allegedly ready to take part in the upcoming tender for the development of the ports of Kavala and Alexandroupolis, according to US diplomatic sources, something that highlights the USA's geopolitical interest in the wider region. Washington's interest in Evros is reflected in its support of the FSRU energy project, as well as the TAP and the under-construction IGB pipelines, which aim at diversification of energy sources. Another factor contributing to the geostrategic importance of the area is the use of Alexandroupolis port for the US's participation in NATO. According to US sources, the third area of interest for the US - apart from the successful model in Elefsina and the ports of Alexandroupolis and Kavala - is the Thessaloniki-Skopje pipeline, as this will significantly increase energy diversification for all countries in the wider region. 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: Mpb eu Let's block ads! (Why?)

Minister: New package of economic support measures planned for September

The Greek government is preparing a new package of economic support measures from September, part of which will include cuts in taxes and social insurance contributions, State Minister George Gerapetritis said on Friday, ANA reports.  In comments made to Open TV station, Gerapetritis noted: "It is certain that there will be relief measures for the enterprises that have been affected. Of course, this largely depends on the financial support expected from the European Union." 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: Europa credito urgente Let's block ads! (Why?)

Foreign Minister: Greece reacted quickly and effectively to the pandemic

Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias participated in an EU foreign ministers' video conference held earlier on Friday to discuss issues related to the coronavirus, where he presented the way the country is handling the gradual lifting of measures to contain the novel coronavirus, while he was the recipient of several positive comments on the way Greece has addressed the pandemic, ANA reports. The video conference was an initiative organized by Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg and aimed to examine the repercussions of the pandemic, as well as the coordination of further action for cooperation between foreign ministries. Denmark, the Czech Republic, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, Costa Rica, and Israel also participated in the meeting. 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: A.Savin  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Sign the internet petition to protect the status of Hagia Sophia

An online campaign to put pressure on Turkey and Recep Tayyip Erdogan in order not to turn Hagia Sophia into a mosque has been launched on the avaaz.org platform, protothema.gr reports. The text explains the situation as follows: The temple of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople is a masterpiece of byzantine church building and pioneering architecture. It was inaugurated in 537 AD and presents a historical monument that belongs to all humanity. This is why UNESCO, since 1985, has inscribed Hagia Sophia on the World Heritage List. The change of the temple’s status, that would occur if it is turned to a muslim mosque, as per the Turkish President’s threats, shows disrespect towards history and religious freedom. It also violates the ratified by Turkey UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage of 1972. We ask Turkey to respect the status of Hagia Sophia as a World Cultural Heritage monument. We call on UNESCO to take necessary action to avert the change of Hagia Sophia’s status, ensuring that Turkey will honor its Convention signature, according to which changing the status of a World Cultural Heritage monument requires a decision by the organization’s Intergovernmental Committee. No one has the right to revoke 1483 years of history. The campaign is underway and a decision by the Turkish Supreme Court is expected by July 15 following an appeal by a Turkish union against the document which turned Hagia Sophia to a museum. Turkey’s attempt to change the status of the Hagia Sophia has provoked strong reactions from the United States, Russia and France. You can sign here 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: Arild Vågen Let's block ads! (Why?)

Mediterranean Film Institute workshops will kick off in Greek island of Nisyros

Following 22 years of success, the Mediterranean Film Institute (MFI), in defiance of the challenges posed by the coronavirus, is once again organizing the European program for the development of screenplays and film projects, MFI Script 2 Film Workshops, int.ert.gr reports. In accordance to the guidelines of the European Commission (11/6/2020) to limit unnecessary travel within the EU to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and with a personal sense of responsibility towards all involved parties, the organizers have decided to implement the first round of workshops in Nisyros, live for Greek participants and online for the rest, between July 20 and August 2. The possibilities of the digitalization will be utilized to the fullest (group and private online meetings, masterclasses, lectures, synchronized and asynchronous online forums and targeted counseling) in order to equip the participating creators with all the required tools to implement them. It should be noted that, in spite of the general uncertainty, the number and level of applications was extremely high, making the choice difficult. Specifically, out of 103 applications and 166 creators (screenwriters, directors and producers) from 28 countries (including Cuba Zambia and Argentina for the first time), 60 filmmakers were selected with 25 film scripts, 3 TV series projects, 6 documentaries that are under development and 6 trainee assistant professors. The MFI Script 2 Film Workshops are supported by the European Union’s Creative Europe / MEDIA program, the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the General Secretariat for the Aegean and Island Policy and the Municipalities of Nisyros and Rhodes, ERT and the National Center for Audiovisual Media and Communication (EKOME S.A.) The Mediterranean Film Institute cooperates with the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the Crossroads Production Forum, the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and the Thessaloniki Doc Market, Sofia Meetings, Meetings On The Bridge, Nyon’s Documentary Festival Visions du Reel, the DOK Industry, the Fair DOK Leipzig, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, the Film Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Stavrakos School and IEK AKMI. 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: Karelj Let's block ads! (Why?)

Finland opens borders for Greeks and Cypriots on July 13

Finland today announced the opening of its borders on July 13 to tourists from 17 European countries with low rates of coronavirus infection, including Greece and Cyprus, protothema.gr reports. On July 13, border measures will be lifted for states that have been recording infection rates below eight per 100,000 population for the past 14 days, the government noted. Furthermore, from this date, business and other travel that is deemed “necessary” is permitted between Finland and – among other states – Algeria, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, Tunisia, and China. The country has already opened its borders since June 15 to the Baltic states and most of the Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Norway, Iceland) – except for Sweden, which still has an infection rate well over the regional average. 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: Fibonacci  Let's block ads! (Why?)

Syntagma and Panepistimio Athens metro stations to close today at 18:00

The Syntagma and Panepistimio metro stations will close on Thursday at 18:00, at the orders of the police, due to the rallies in downtown Athens, ANA reports. Trains will pass through these two stations without stopping. 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: GianniM Let's block ads! (Why?)

Travel + Leisure: Greek hotels and islands win World’s Best Awards for 2020

The Greek island of Paros is the top island in Europe, according to Travel + Leisure. The well-known travel magazine published its lists of the world’s best 2020 Awards, based on the votes of its readers. The vote closed on March 2, shortly before the start of the global coronavirus travel lockdown measures, and the results represent the experiences gained by travelers prior to the pandemic. Greek hotels, islands, and destinations won significant international distinctions. More specifically, three Greek islands, Paros (2nd place, score 90.55), Milos (3rd place, score 90.33) and Crete (15th place, score 88.20) are among the 25 best in the world, followed by Rhodes and the Dodecanese (10th place, score 86.63), Santorini (11th place, score 86.37), Corfu and the Ionian Islands (18th place, score 84.33) and Mykonos (20th place, score 82.28). Based on the vote, the top resorts in the country are as follows: 1. Canaves Oia Epitome | Score: 98.40 2. Katikies Santorini | Score: 97.62 3. Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel | Score: 95.62 4. Katikies Mykonos | Score: 95.58 5. Grace Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection | Score: 94.83 6. Andronis Luxury Suites | Score: 94.67 7. Andronis Boutique Hotel | Score: 94.60 8. Bill & Coo Hotels | Score: 93.63 9. Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel | Score: 92.73 10. Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Κρήτη | Score: 92.64 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek Finance Ministry projects budget deficit at 7% of GDP

Greece’s fiscal record is being sacrificed to the containment of the recession and unemployment, as the 2020 budget now appears destined for a deficit of 7% of gross domestic product, ekathimerini.com reports. The new support measures announced by the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday have a total budget of 3.5 billion euros, with a net additional fiscal cost of €2 billion. The addition of those measures takes the total amount of resources used for combatting the impact of the pandemic on the economy to €14-15 billion, rising to €17 billion in terms of cash impact. According to the revised estimates of the Finance Ministry – which are constantly changing depending on the course of public revenues – this year will close with a general government deficit of over 7%, or €14-15 billion. Around two-thirds of that shortfall will be covered by the increase of the public debt by about €8-10 billion, compared to end-2019, and the utilization of the country’s cash reserves by about €5-7 billion. If those estimates are confirmed, which to a great extent will depend on whether Greece's experiences a second coronavirus wave – the year will close with state debt soaring around €340 billion, while its ratio to the GDP will reach 200%.  Based on the Finance Ministry, while the cost of the new measures comes to €3.5 billion, the fiscal cost comes to €2 billion because the other sum of €1.5 billion practically concerns the redistribution of resources already calculated in the support package but without having been utilized to date. For instance, the state loans program for companies, known as the Deposit To Be Returned scheme, distributed only €600 million in its first phase, against the €1 billion that had been originally set aside for it. Likewise, there has been a smaller-than-expected absorption of funds for the Syn-Ergasia labor subsidy program. The ministry had estimated the primary deficit this year to reach 2% of GDP, against an original target for a primary surplus of 3.5% of GDP, set before the advent of the pandemic. Following the recording of the course of revenues in the April-June period, as well as the increase to the support measures’ budget, the primary deficit is now estimated to exceed 3.5-4% of GDP. 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: Tilemahos Efthymiadis Let's block ads! (Why?)

World Christian Youth Organisation asks Turkey to respect Hagia Sophia status

The World Christian Youth Organisation called on Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to refrain from converting the Hagia Sophia into a Muslim mosque in a letter they sent to the Turkish leader, stressing the importance of preserving the museum status of the Temple pointing out its enormous value and symbolism as a World Heritage Site for the whole globe, protothema.gr reports. The letter was signed by representatives of the Christian youth from the USA, Canada, Russia, Ukraine, Australia, Germany, Georgia, Armenia, Greece, Cyprus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Belarus, who attended an online meeting on Saturday, July 4, on the subject of Hagia Sophia. “The temple is not just a cultural monument, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a compound link, intertwined with historical events that defined the development of the world, various religions, entire peoples and countries. The Hagia Sophia is a World Heritage Site that should remain an attraction for people of different religions,” read the statement.” It goes that the “since 1935, Turkey has been respectful of Christians around the world open with free access the doors of Hagia Sophia, and we ask the Turkish President to maintain the current regime.” “For a Muslim country to have in its territory a Christian holy site, the “Mecca” of all Christians, with respect to the prayers of the faithful of all religions and with worship to the Almighty, and to maintain it with care, this is exactly the apogee the historical role, power and wisdom of a country’s leader,” the letter notes. The letter concludes: “Your decision to retain the status of Hagia Sophia as a museum can be historic. Today, more than ever, people need symbols of peace, serenity, tolerance and multiculturalism. We are on the side of peace and interfaith harmony. We pray for the fate of Hagia Sophia, one of the most important monuments of world culture. Mr. President, by calling on you to maintain the museum status of Hagia Sophia, we call on you to make peace!” 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: Arild Vågen Let's block ads! (Why?)