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Athens News Agency: News in English, 11-07-27

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] Civil aviation strike action in August
  • [02] EDEN awards presented in Delphi
  • [03] Taxi owners march in central Athens

  • [01] Civil aviation strike action in August

    The Civil Aviation Service Union Federation OSYPA, which also represents Greece's air-traffic controllers, on Tuesday announced plans for daily strike action throughout August in order to demand payment of backpay.

    The union has called daily work stoppages between 11:00 p.m. at night until 7:30 a.m. the following morning from August 3 until August 31, as well as 24-hour strikes on all Sundays and the August 15 bank holiday during that time.

    The action is expected to disrupt flights to the country's peripheral airports.

    OSYPA announced that its members have not been paid for four months for work done at night, Sundays and holidays but had avoided taking action until now so as not to harm the tourism sector. The union decided to begin labour action after being informed by the finance ministry that its members would not be paid until the end of the year.

    [02] EDEN awards presented in Delphi

    The winners in the European Commission’s European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) competition were honored in a special event at the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (ECCD).

    A total of eight municipalities and administrative regions took part in this year’s competition under the theme “Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites”, rewarding those destinations that have regenerated a physical site of their local heritage and converted it into a tourism attraction to be used as a catalyst for wider local regeneration.

    Tourism General Secretary Dina Bei on Monday presented the first prize to Delphi Mayor Nikolaos Foussekis for the regeneration project in the old quarter district of Harmena in the coastal town of Amfissa, south-central Greece.

    Prizes were also presented to the four runner-up destinations, namely, the Attica (greater Athens) Region, the municipalities of Minoa and Aghios Nikolaos on Crete and the regional entity of Thesprotia, extreme northwest Greece

    The “European Destinations of Excellence” - EDEN project, launched in 2007, promotes sustainable tourism development models across the European Union. The project is based on national competitions that take place every year and result in the selection of a tourist “destination of excellence” for each participating country.

    [03] Taxi owners march in central Athens

    Striking taxi owners on Tuesday carried out a march in the centre of Athens to protest against government plans for the liberalisation of the taxi services sector.

    Thousands of owners from areas throughout Greece, from Crete to Corfu and northern Greece to Kalamata, gathered outside the offices of the taxi owners' federation SATA in Marni Street and set off shortly after 4:00 p.m. heading for Syntagma Square opposite Parliament.

    The march aims to arrive in Syntagma shortly before ruling PASOK's Parliamentary working group for labour issues is convened at 6:00 p.m. so that Infrastructure, Transport and Networks Minister Yiannis Ragoussis can explain his policies concerning the taxi sector to MPs.


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