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

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  • [01] 'Green island' programme
  • [02] Acheloos river diversion
  • [03] ASE opening: Rise
  • [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines 

  • [01] '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


    [02] Acheloos river diversion

    BRUSSELS (ANA-MPA - M. Spinthourakis) Discussion on the Acheloos River diversion project began before the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg on Tuesday, based on a request sent by Greece's supreme administrative court, the Council of State.

    The CoS has asked the European court to interpret EU directives on the management of water resources, especially the management of river basins, that pertain to numerous cases brought before the CoS objecting to the ambitious project to irrigate the water-hungry Thessaly plain.ana-mpa

    The project has been on hold by order of the CoS since February 2010, when the court agreed with the claims of environmental groups and local authorities that the diversion would cause irreparable harm to the ecosystem of Greece's second-longest river, lead to further degeneration of landscapes and have a negative impact on water levels.

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


    [03] ASE opening: Rise

    Equity prices were rising at the opening of trade on Wednesday on the Athens Stock Exchange (ASE), with the basic share price index up 0.31 percent, standing at 1,285.68 points at 11:15 am, and turnover at 11.681 million euros.

    Individual sector indices were moving upward, with the biggest gains in Travel and Recreation, up 0.99 percent; Technology, up 0.80 percent and Industrial Products, up 0.70 percent.

    The biggest losses were in Telecoms, down 0.89 percent and in Financial Services.

    The FTSE/ASE 20 index for blue chip and heavily traded stocks was up 0.46 percent, the FTSE/ASE MID 40 index was down 0.18 percent, and the FTSE/ASE-80 small cap index was up 0.33 percent.

    Of the stocks traded, 25 were up, 23 were down, and 20 were unchanged.

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


    [04] Athens Newspaper Headlines

    The Wednesday edition of Athens' dailies at a glance

    A pending batch of new austerity measures and press speculation over their effect on wage-earners and pensioners and the fall-out from the PM's contacts with political party leaders mostly dominated the headlines on Wednesday in Athens' newspapers.

    ADESMEFTOS TYPOS: "Political leaders do not offer consensus".

    AVGHI: "Democracy now!"

    AVRIANI: "Popular Orthodox Rally (LA.O.S) leader George Karatzaferis calls for co-governance".

    ELEFTHEROS TYPOS: "Prime Minister George Papandreou seeks life vest".

    ELEFTHEROTYPIA: "Cuts in salaries, benefits and pensions".

    ESTIA: "We're heading towards impasse".

    ETHNOS: "The hemorhagging of salaries, pensions and lump sums".

    IMERISSIA: "Markets anticipate actions".

    KATHIMERINI: "Referendum now on the table".

    NAFTEMPORIKI: "Consensus for labour 'reserves' in public sector".

    RIZOSPASTIS: "Horrible measures must not pass".

    TA NEA: "Tax measures divide them (political leaders)".

    VRADYNI: "How much will civil servants, pensioners pay".

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

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