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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 16-05-24

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

CONTENTS

  • [01] We must choose between the bad and the worse, says Dragasakis
  • [02] Famous "Navaghio" calls for restoration
  • [03] Egyptian-Greek Tourism Forum in Cairo
  • [04] The government aims to evacuate Idomeni next week, Kyritsis says
  • [05] 54,124 identified refugees and migrants in Greece on Tuesday; 13 buses with 600 people left Idomeni

  • [01] We must choose between the bad and the worse, says Dragasakis

    Greece's participation in ECB quantitative easing programme will have a strong symbolism that will allow the opening of the debate on the access to markets, possibly in the following months, government vice president Yiannis Dragasakis on Tuesday said to a conference organised by the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises (SEV).

    Regarding the Eurogroup meeting, Dragasakis noted that "we believe that the successful conclusion of the Greek programme will be certified and we hope that a binding road map on the sustainability of the Greek debt will exist."

    Dragasakis said that we are entering into a new phase as for the first time from the beginning of the crisis the future is visible since all fiscal measures until 2018 have been voted. He added that 9-11 billion euros will be disbursed in the second half of 2016 for the payment of state obligations to enterprises.

    In the new period, as he said, the government's priorities are investments, the creation of new jobs and the promotion of social protection and solidarity structures.

    Finally, he sternly criticised those enterprises surviving through tax evasion, or by sending their profits abroad and leaving their debts in Greece or by chipping away the EU funds.

    [02] Famous "Navaghio" calls for restoration

    The worldwide famous "Navaghio" on Zakynthos that took its name from the freighter Panagiotis that run aground 34 years ago in the sand of Ai Giorgis beach and turned it into a beach of unique beauty calls for immediate restoration.

    The adverse weather conditions, the sea salt and the humidity have left their marks on the shipwreck that remains stuck in the sand and needs restoration in order its life to be extended.

    However, the weather is not the shipwreck's only enemy. The thousands of visitors want to take a small piece as a souvenir or leave their print or carve their names on the hull or use markers and other sprays.

    [03] Egyptian-Greek Tourism Forum in Cairo

    The first Egyptian-Greek Tourism Forum on the promotion of the tourist cooperation between the two countries was concluded on Tuesday in Cairo with the participation of the Egyptian Tourism Minister Yehia Rashed and the Greek Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura, following the signing of a memorandum of understanding.

    Kountoura stressed the importance of tourism in stability, welfare, security and growth in the wider region and presented the high performance of the Greek tourism. The Greek minister also expressed her support to the development of bilateral relations in tourism with Egypt.

    A series of meetings between Greek and Egyptian businessmen in the sectors of tourism, tour operators and travel agencies were held on the sidelines of the forum with the view to signing partnerships and agreements.

    [04] The government aims to evacuate Idomeni next week, Kyritsis says

    The government aims to evacuate Idomeni in the next week, the spokesman of the refugee coordinating body Giorgos Kyritsis on Tuesday said in statements to Mega TV.

    2,500 refugees were transferred from Idomeni to Thessaloniki accommodation centres over the last week. He underlined that there are 7 covered facilities and 2 tents that provide decent accommodation to refugees.

    As far as it concerns the situation in Piraeus and Elliniko, he said that more accommodation centres are being constructed in Elefsina, Nikea and Inofita.

    The vast majority of the refugees do not want to stay in Greece and most of them are aware that it is difficult to continue their trip to Europe.

    [05] 54,124 identified refugees and migrants in Greece on Tuesday; 13 buses with 600 people left Idomeni

    54,124 identified refugees and migrants were on the Greek territory on Tuesday including 29 persons that arrived on the Greek islands in the last 24 hours.

    According to the Refugee Crisis Management Coordination Body's figures, 28,699 of the refugees are in northern Greece, 14,490 are hosted in the region of Attica, 8,521 on the Greek islands and 2,414 are hosted in different areas in central and southern Greece.

    Meanwhile, over 600 persons have left on Tuesday from Idomeni for the two new hosting facilities in Sindos and Derveni near the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.

    The refugees and migrants are divided according to the nationality and according to police 13 buses with migrants have already left from Idomeni.


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