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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-05-25

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

CONTENTS

  • [01] FM meets Italian counterpart
  • [02] Green island programme
  • [03] New air links to Corfu 

  • [01] FM meets Italian counterpart

    ROME (ANA-MPA / Th. Andreadis-Syggelakis) -- Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas met here on Tuesday with his Italian counterpart Franco Frattini.

    Droutsas underlined that Italy "stood by Greece from the first moment", adding that Italy's confidence in Greece was underscored in the meetings he had in the Italian capital.

    Responding to a question by ANA-MPA, FM Droutsas stressed that the Italian foreign minister underlined Italy's solidarity to Greece and the Greek people and added that "the efforts made by Greece in the past year are being acknowledged, namely the efforts made by the government and the Greek people, in particular"ana-mpa.

    Droutsas presented to his counterpart the deficit figures showing that it was reduced by 5 percentage points in the past year, as well as, the reforms made in the social insurance system and local government pointing out, however, that "we still have a long way to go".

    He also referred to the outcome of Monday's cabinet meeting in Athens and the promotion of the medium-term stability programme and planned privatizations, underlining that Italian companies have expressed interest in investing in Greece.

    Greek experts will visit Italy very soon to present investment opportunities to Italian companies. "This is a very important result and message coming from the meeting. It is a tangible proof of Italy's confidence in Greece, its economy and its potential," Droutsas stated.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [02] Green island programme

    ANA-MPA/The environment ministry on Tuesday unveiled its 'Green Island' and 'Green Village' programmes, saying that the target was for the selection of eligible communities and signature of contracts to be concluded by the end of November.

    A pilot 'Greek Island' programme is already underway on the small island of Aghios Efstratios, with the islet of Lipsous considered the next likely candidate. Earmarked for the 'Green Village' programme is a village in the mountains of Arta.ana-mpa

    An official invitation for applications will be announced at the end of June and the communities interested are expected to submit their bid portfolios by the end of September. This will be followed by evaluation and the signature of contracts.

    The programme is funded by the National Strategic Reference Framework and has a total budget of 50 million euros for four years. Its aim is to reduce the eligible communities' reliance on fossil fuels and reduce their carbon emissions to effectively zero.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form

    

    [03] New air links to Corfu

    Lauda Air, subsidiary of Austrian Airlines, inagurated on Monday a seasonal direct air link connecting Vienna with Corfu airport with two flights weekly. The air link will run through 24 September. Moreover three other flights are scheduled that will link Corfu with Salzburg, Linz and Graz.

    According to the airline's summer programme, flights will be held every week to the Ionian islands of Zakynthos and Lefkada.

    Moreover, the Hungarian airline Malev will shortly inaugurated direct flights, five per week, from Budapest to Corfu.

    Ryanair will also inaugurate, for the first time, direct flights from Britain to Corfu. The link will open in a month and will run until October.

    More details on the subscriber's page of ANA-MPA | Subscription request form


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