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Controversial refugee and migrant asylum bill goes to Greek parliament

Greek MPs were presented on Tuesday morning with a draft bill aimed at reducing the number of refugees and migrants trapped in the country by lengthy bureaucratic procedures,  according to ekathimerini.com. Seeking to speed up the asylum and deportation processes, the Citizens' Protection Ministry legislation, which was tabled late on Monday, has come under fire from rights groups, which also argue that they have not been given adequate time to assess the impact of the regulations the center-right government hopes to introduce on tens of thousands of individuals. If approved, the new system would prevent appeals against negative asylum decisions that are not shown in an official brief to have legal merit, while also scrapping recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as a valid basis for an asylum claim, unless it is backed by ample medical evidence. It would also enable asylum boards’ rulings and decisions to be delivered to a legal representative of the claimant in the event that he or she cannot be located, thus allowing decisions to come into effect faster, while abolishing the right to temporary residence and work permits if a claim is rejected at the first degree. Under the new regulations, the movement of refugees and migrants would also be restricted. Anyone protesting their transfer to another facility from a reception center or objecting to any other part of the system, for example, would be treated as reneging on their right to apply for asylum. All claimants also have to stay at official camps or other accommodation for the duration of the process so that they can be located in the event that their application is rejected and they are slated for deportation. Six organizations (Doctors Without Borders, Amnesty International, the Hellenic League for Human Rights, the Greek Council for Refugees, the Greek Forum of Migrants and HumanRights360) have criticized the legislation, especially Article 46, which enables authorities to detain asylum seekers. In an announcement, they warned of “serious human rights violations… that will push a large number of people into a gray zone with no documents or rights.” 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: Irish Defence Forces Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek president stresses role of national benefactors at opening of Martinos Hall

President of the Hellenic Republic Prokopios Pavlopoulos on Tuesday referred to the incessant contribution of the Martinos family to the country's culture, which continues the tradition of the country's Major Benefactors, during his speech at the opening of Martinos Hall of the Museum of Archaeology, History and Art of the school of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens, according to ANA. Pavlopoulos pointed out that the tradition of the major benefactors was the one that supported the modern Greek state in all difficult times since its establishment. 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: Badseed Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek financial markets eye upgrades of credit rating in the next few weeks

Expectations are growing that credit rating upgrades will be speeded up in the next few weeks, following the European Commission’s approval of the Hercules plan to reduce bad loans, the government’s pro-business reforms and the improvement of the Greek debt’s profile following the strong bond rally, ekathimerini.com reports. Analysts note that the catalysts that would justify the first post-election upgrading of Greece’s rating have been consolidated, and the market is broadly expecting a positive move in this direction by Standard & Poor’s this Friday. Another positive development is expected on November 1 by DBRS, at least regarding the country’s outlook. Therefore the holy grail of investment-grade within 12 to 18 months appears within reach, bringing Greece to the doorstep of the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing (QE) program. Already, German rating agency Scope upgraded Greece to BB with a positive outlook last Friday, from BB- – that is two notches. Even though Scope is not among the Big Four agencies that the ECB takes into account in its decisions, the upgrade constitutes an indication of the strategy of many international funds. 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: B64 Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greenhouse project for young businessmen in Greece supported by THI

ATHENS – The GreenHouse, created to enhance and promote Greek entrepreneurship, presented GreenHouse Sparta in cooperation with The University of Peloponnese, The Public Central Library of Sparti, and Sparti TechLab in Sparta, October 8-12. Organized by The Hellenic Initiative (THI) in collaboration with the Alba Graduate Business School of The American College of Greece over the past six years, GreenHouse has already hosted events in six cities: Athens, Patras, Heraklion, Kalamata, Corinth, and Chalkida, having supported 442 entrepreneurs so far. The project was also held under the auspices of the Municipality of Sparta and the Laconian Chamber and included a multitude of free-of-charge activities mainly designed for entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs, as well as university and high school students. Attendees of Sparta’s GreenHouse had the chance to participate in the two-day entrepreneurship workshop, in educational sessions on digital media use in business, as well as in open discussion forums with entrepreneurs. Prominent business persons such as Paschalis Tilellis – Plexiart, Elina Kakuru – Kakuru, and Katerina Exacoustidou – Vitabroad, shared their thoughts and experience with the event’s participants, including over 50 students of the 2nd High School of Sparta and many more local stakeholders. The goal of GreenHouse Sparta was to combine Alba Graduate Business School’s expertise with local Spartan entrepreneurial spirit and to provide comprehensive support to business efforts in the city. The GreenHouse helps anyone who wants to grow their business ideas regardless of age or range of economic activity. This year, thanks to THI’s support, GreenHouse has broadened its horizons and expanded its efforts to support entrepreneurship throughout Greece, both geographically and in terms of the project’s overall results. GreenHouse is transforming from a three-day entrepreneurship workshop into a five-day modular activity organized in cities throughout Greece to enhance entrepreneurial action. An attendee of GreenHouse Project at Sparta stated: “GreenHouse helped me expand my horizons on entrepreneurship and overcome uncertainties and blind spots in bringing potential business ideas into life. Getting to know people with whom I share similar interests was of equal importance. I think that knowledge and collaboration are the most valuable elements for seeking and building new business ideas. I would like to thank GreenHouse for the experience.” GreenHouse is just one of the many aspects of the Venture Garden, an entrepreneurship-educational program conducted by Alba Graduate Business School, The American College of Greece in Athens, and the American College of Thessaloniki under the auspices of The Hellenic Initiative. It has evolved into one of Greece’s premier entrepreneurial educational programs, having helped over 415 ideas to grow into businesses. George P. Stamas, President of the Board of Directors of The Hellenic Initiative, said, “The Hellenic Initiative, through its many endeavors in Greece, especially its annual Venture Fair, knows very well the talent and energy of the country’s young entrepreneurs and we are committed to providing them with the knowledge, mentoring, and networking opportunities that will enable them to succeed and to soar.” Peter Poulos, THI’s Executive Director, stated: “The Hellenic Initiative is very proud to support such an exemplary endeavor like GreenHouse as boosting youth Greek entrepreneurship is imperative for the Greek economy. Similar projects will eventually help higher growth rates return, addressing one of our country’s major issues, the continuous loss of precious human capital.” For more information please visit the Greenhouse website. Read more at thenationalherald.com 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?)

Cruiseship arrivals and departures at Greek port of Piraeus up by 14.6%

The cruise ship sector registered a nearly 14.6 pct increase in the first nine months of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018, the Port Authority of Piraeus (OLP) announced on Monday, according to ANA. Moreover, homeporting – arrivals/departures at Piraeus – registered an 18.2 pct rise. 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: pixabay.com Let's block ads! (Why?)

Greek State about to concede 15-20% stake in HELPE through the bourse

The Greek government is waiting for the price of Hellenic Petroleum shares to rise before approving the launch of the process to sell part of the 35 percent stake it controls in the oil company through the stock market, according to ekathimerini.com. Sources tell Kathimerini newspaper that Goldman Sachs – the consultant in this privatization project along with National Bank – estimates that HELPE shares could reach up to 9 euros, which would secure more revenues for the state and allow it to hold onto a higher share than otherwise. Market professionals counter that the real reason is that the government is facing pressure from leftist opposition rhetoric that it is willing to sell off state assets on the cheap, even though the SYRIZA government had agreed and proceeded to a sale at a far lower price, as the stock price of the time, below 7 euros, indicates. In Monday’s trading at Athinon Avenue HELPE closed at 8.32 euros. The government also wants to avoid criticism that it is siding with the Latsis Group – owner of another major stake in HELPE – after the positive developments concerning the Elliniko project, which the group’s Lamda Development has undertaken. The Latsis side has avoided making any comments, pointing to the other major stakeholder, i.e. the state. Still, the issue of the HELPE bond showed that there is strong interest from investors in the company, which illustrates the timing is right. The government will also have to define its position and agree with the country’s creditors prior to the assessment of the Greek program in December, as the privatization of HELPE – which the previous government had agreed would bring in revenues of at least 500 million euros – is one of the prior actions required by the creditors. The state intends to concede through the stock market a stake of between 15 and 20%. The bourse option was chosen after the decision by the Latsis Group not to put its own stake up for sale through a tender. Consequently, the state’s consultants researched the chances the state would have to find a buyer for its entire stake (35 percent). However, it was ascertained that no investor would have been willing to spend a huge amount of money just to be a minority stakeholder in the oil company. 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: dimhap Let's block ads! (Why?)

‘Joker’ movie sparks social media and political mini-furor in Greece

The latest political furor in Greece erupted "out of the blue" on a balmy Sunday afternoon and was related to the Hollywood blockbuster "Joker" after police were called to at least two movie theaters in Athens to check whether unaccompanied minors were in attendance, naftemporiki.gr reports. The international film sensation has been rated "R" in Greece, meaning a movie-goer must be at least 18 years old, even though record-breaking crowds in cinemas around Greece have been packed with adolescents, as most reports confirm. The two incidents sparked widespread criticism in social media, then picked up by opposition media, of "authoritarian" measures by the current center-right government, ostensibly because "Joker" is regarded a radical and "subversive" film. Based on clarification on Monday morning by Culture Minister Lena Mendoni, two ministry officials affiliated with the board that reviews and gives a rating to movie releases took it upon themselves to call police and complain that underage people were viewing the R-rated "Joker". She said the action exceeded the jurisdiction of the two civil servants, with no mention in the relevant law of law enforcement officers' involvement. Later press reports, in fact, cite the fact that the two culture ministry officials were affiliated with the former leftist SYRIZA government. What generated most of the anger is the fact that police escorted almost a dozen adolescents from the movie theaters to nearby police precincts for pick up by their parents or guardians. Mendoni on Monday promised a disciplinary hearing against the two ministry officials, while the relevant public order minister, Michalis Chrysohoidis, responded to opposition criticism by Tweeting that he's going to see "Joker" on Monday evening along with his 15-year-old son. 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: sailko Let's block ads! (Why?)

Hudson Odysseus AHEPA Chapter 545 hosts event for Holy Cross Youth in New York

CHESTER, NY – The Hudson Odysseus Chapter 545 hosted a farm outing and picnic for the children and families of the Greek School and Sunday School of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church in Middletown, NY on September 21. The event was at the Tetz Family Farm in Chester, NY. The outing was attended by over 30 children and their families, who were able to visit with the farm animals, including magnificent Clydesdale horses, enjoy wagon rides, and a picnic lunch. The farm is owned by the family of E. Tetz and Sons, a construction material supplier for the Hudson Valley. Special thanks were sent out to the entire Tetz family, and especially to Denise Tetz Molfetas, the wife of Chapter 545 Vice President George Molfetas. Read more at thenationalherald.com 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?)

PM: Sustainable tourism growth in Greece to become the best in the world

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressing on Saturday a Messinia (prefecture) Chamber event entitled "The major investments as a catalyst for growth and good jobs for all: The example of Costa Navarino" stated that "we are setting the bar of sustainable growth to become the best in the world and not compromise with anything less. The prime minister pointed out that "this sustainable growth combines an upgraded tourist product with the environment protection, the promotion of our cultural heritage and the connection with the agrifood sector". "I will not allow tourist growth at the expense of natural wealth" he stressed adding that "the future should be growth prospect with clearly sustainable characteristics". Mitsotakis also referred to the investment of Costa Navarino pointing out that "the possibility of an important investment initiative that cooperates and talks with the local community and economy constitutes a model on how growth can spread to a whole region". As he said 'we do not refer to investments that create closed-type ecosystems of prosperity but to networks that spread the wealth to businesses and to the workers beyond the limits of the specific investment". Mitsotakis noted that it is very interesting the fact that the local community is following the path laid down by Costa Navarino adding that this investment contributes to the promotion of the region's cultural wealth. 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: costanavarino Let's block ads! (Why?)

Hellenic Relief Foundation and Hellenic American Opera Company concert on November 23

NEW YORK – The Hellenic Relief Foundation, in cooperation with the Hellenic American Opera Company, presents Night at the Opera: A Journey through 250 Years of Greek Music at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center, 111 Amsterdam Avenue in Manhattan, on Sunday, November 23, 7 PM. All net proceeds will benefit future food distributions to families in need in Greece. The Hellenic American Opera Company performers with Artistic Director Pavlos Kordis and Pianist and Musical Director Jestin Pieper include: Demetrios Jussi Tsinopoulos, Melina Jaharis, Stella Papatheodorou, Nina Kassis, and Xeni Tziouvaras. Ticket Prices: $50, $65, $75. For reservations: 954-294-7680. The Hellenic Relief Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization (501(c)3) and was founded in February of 2012, with the goal of raising funds in the United States to be used towards the purchase of food items, and other basic necessities for the underprivileged in Greece that have increased in numbers due to the current crisis. To date, approximately 225,000 dollars have been remitted, with these funds, approximately 240 tons of aid has been purchased and distributed, in monthly deliveries, to about 15,000 families in need. For more information: www.hellenicrelief.org. Read more at thenationalherald.com 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?)