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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-04-12

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  • [01] 53,381 identified refugees in Greece on Tuesday
  • [02] FYROM makes demarche to Greece's Liaison Office in Skopje
  • [03] Two Turkish fighter jets enter Athens FIR
  • [04] "Open House" event to be held in Athens on April 16-17
  • [05] Greece, creditors reach agreement on energy issues
  • [06] Comicdom Con Athens to be held on April 15-17

  • [01] 53,381 identified refugees in Greece on Tuesday

    53,381 identified refugees and migrants were on the Greek territory on Tuesday among them 80 persons that arrived in the last 24 hours.

    According to the Refugee Crisis Management Coordination Body's figures, 29,205 of the refugees are in northern Greece, 11,194 of them are in Idomeni camp, 14,405 are hosted in the region of Attica (3,806 at Piraeus port), 7,055 on the Greek islands and 2,716 are hosted in different areas in central and southern Greece.

    [02] FYROM makes demarche to Greece's Liaison Office in Skopje

    SKOPJE (ANA-MPA/N. Frangopoulos) - FYROM's Foreign Ministry announced on Tuesday that it has made a demarche to the Liaison Office of Greece in Skopje, in response to the oral demarches of the head of the Liaison Office of Greece in FYROM Ambassador Theocharis Lalakos on Sunday's incidents at Idomeni.

    According to the announcement, the security forces "acted with the utmost restraint, responsibility and professionalism against the violent protests and aggressive large groups of migrants attempting to illegally cross the Greek-FYROM borders."

    In order to avoid similar incidents in the future, FYROM's Foreign Ministry called on for the strengthening of the Greek police forces at the borders and stressed the importance of exchange of relevant information in order to discourage violent protests by migrants and prevent their illegal entry on FYROM's territory, the announcement added.

    [03] Two Turkish fighter jets enter Athens FIR

    Two Turkish F-16 entered Athens' FIR this afternoon (08.02 local time) between the islands of Lesvos and Chios without having submitted a flight plan for a second consecutive day, Greece's National Defence General Staff said on Tuesday.

    The fighter jets flew over the islets of Inouses at 17,000 feet and a minute later they exited Athens FIR through the same route. The Turkish formation was recognized by Greek fighter jets.

    [04] "Open House" event to be held in Athens on April 16-17

    The "Open House" event will be held in Athens on April 16-17 giving visitors the opportunity to get acquainted with the architectural gems of the city.

    The event is held for a third consecutive year with the assistance of 450 volunteers who will tour visitors to 91 modern and neoclassical buildings, among them the Museum of the city of Athens, the Bangeio, the Museum of Cycladic Art, the Athens City Hall, the Jewish Museum, the Vorres Museum, the Municipal Theatre of Piraeus.

    "The event aims at getting people acquainted with the value of architecture and its importance in our daily life," Athens Open House public relations manager Renata Douma said.

    Last year, 20,000 people had the opportunity to admire the unique and important buildings of Athens.

    The "Open House" is a very important international institution that aims to the promotion of architecture. The project started in London in 1992 and is now held in more than 35 cities throughout the world.

    [05] Greece, creditors reach agreement on energy issues

    Greek authorities and the institutions on Tuesday reached an agreement on ADMIE and energy auctions by Public Power Corporation aimed to liberalize the electricity market in the country.

    Environment and Energy Minister Panos Skourletis, speaking to ANA-MPA after a meeting with representatives of the country's creditors which did not discuss privatization and fuel tax issues, said that an agreement on Independent Power Transmission Operator (IPTO or ADMIE) envisaged the transfer of majority stake (51 pct) from Public Power Corporation to the state (PPC will be compensated), while the remaining 49 pct will be offered to a strategic investor -who will be the manager of the grid and will be able to buy at least 20 pct of the shares- and to private investors. The state will control a majority of the board, appointing the chief executive. The process to sell at least 20 pct of ADMIE is expected to begin in June.

    Skourletis said that Greek authorities will draft a new regulation covering the auction of lignite and hydro-electric power production by Public Power Corporation (PPC), based on data provided by the operator of the market (LAGIE) and a recommendation of the market regulator (RAE) which will determine the quantity of energy to be auctioned and the starting price of auctions. The first auctions are expected in the second half of 2016.

    [06] Comicdom Con Athens to be held on April 15-17

    Comicdom Con, the annual three-day comics festival, will be held in Athens on April 15-17.

    Comicdom Con Athens has become a standard in the Greek comics community, providing a unique celebration not only for the people who love the 9th Art, but also for those who wish to discover it. The event includes art exhibitions, sketch events, panels, screenings, workshops on comics and related arts, panels, publishers and retailers bazaar.

    The main hosting venues of Comicdom Con Athens are the Hellenic American Union, the French Institute of Greece and the Athens Municipality Cultural Centre.

    Last year, Comicdom Con attracted more than 12,000 visitors.

    The programme of the festival is available at

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