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Farmers boost road protests
25th January 2018 ekathimerini.com
Farmers in central Macedonia and other parts of northern Greece drove their tractors onto key
junctions of the road network on Thursday, following the example of others in central Greece
who launched their anti-austerity protests earlier this week.
Unionists representing the farmers have threatened to reinforce their presence on Greek
roads every day, ratcheting up their action until the government satisfies their demands.
Among other things, farmers are calling for lower production costs, tax-free oil, better rates for
electricity and water, the abolition of value-added tax on agricultural supplies and vehicles, and
their exemption from the ENFIA property tax.
NB In Chania, Crete farmers will protest outside the municipal market on Friday, 26 January,
and may take their action to the national road next week.
Greek hospitals struggling over equipment shortages
21 January 2018 ekathimerini.com
Eight years of austerity has had a major impact on the efficacy of public hospitals, leaving
several lacking key equipment or barely coping with old machines that frequently malfunction,
According to recent research carried out by the union of Greek public hospital workers
(POEDIN), at least 16 state hospitals do not have a CT scanner and another 25 have old
machines that often break down..
Many of the machines are close to the end of their shelf life,” POEDIN chief Michalis Giannakos
told Kathimerini. “There have been no investments in new equipment for eight years,” he said,
adding that any new machines were donations or purchased with European subsidies.
High-speed ferry 'Festos Palace' collides with pier in Iraklio; no injuries
19 January 2018 newsbomb.gr
The high-speed Ro-Pax ferry 'Festos Palace' collided slightly with the pier as it was setting sail
from the port of Iraklio on Thursday, bound for Piraeus.
There were no injuries but the port authority stopped the ferry's departure so that it could
The ferry was carrying 280 passengers, 50 cars, 74 trucks, five motorcycles and two buses at
Marina with capacity of 1,000 vessels and a hotel approved in Heraklion, Crete
22nd February 2018 Tomos News
The City of Heraklion in Crete approved the "Creation and Layout of the Marina of Port and
Nautical Sports Facilities of Heraklion" project in front of the Pangration Stadium, so that the
Municipality can take all the necessary actions for the maturity of the project.
Heraklion's Marina will cover a surface of approximately 390,000 sq.m. with land areas close to
192,500 sq.m. and a port facility of 196,500 sq.m. Buildings shall cover a total area of 29,000
sq.m. including recreation and culture sections, administration buildings, a hotel unit and
shops.Green areas will cover 13,500 sq.m. the same as theme parks, while free spaces,
including transport infrastructure, shall reach up to 145,000 sq.m.
For the road connection of the port a new pedestrian bridge of 180m is also planned.The
capacity of the Marina reaches 1,000 vessels of various types and the parking places for the
visitors will exceed 1,500.
FinMin: Greeks to see €3.5 billion tax reduction in near future
24th February 2018 Tomos News
Greek taxpayers will see a tax reduction of 3.5 billion euros in the near future, Finance Minister
Euclid Tsakalotos said in Iraklio, Crete, on Friday, ANA reports.
Overtaxation is one of the most critical problem of Greece’s tourist industry.
Speaking at an Iraklio Chamber event, Tsakalotos said the drop in taxes would come from
revenues after the reduction of tax evasion, as well as a new model of fiscal management.
(We'll believe this one when we see it).
Body of missing fisherman found off Corfu coast
8 th February 2018 www.newsbomb.gr
The body of a fisherman who went missing on Thursday was found in the sea near the
yachting club in Faliraki, Corfu on Friday.
According to Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA) sources, the body of the 46-year old
fisherman was spotted following a lengthy search conducted by the island's rescue team
members and coast guard officers launched on Thursday night.
One million confiscations planned for this year
22nd February 2018 ekathimerini.com
Despite reactions, the state is planning to confiscate salaries, pensions, bank accounts and
property assets from 1 million taxpayers during 2018, according to the business plan of the
Independent Authority for Public Revenue, which was published on Thursday.
This also provides for the simplification of procedures for opening and emptying state debtors’
safe deposit boxes.
Some 200,000 inspections are planned for 2018, with major enterprises, wealthy taxpayers,
bars and restaurants, as well as home-sharing landlords set to be probed first.
The aim is to impose taxes and fines totaling 3.2 billion euros by year-end.
Hellenic Air Force jet crashes into the Aegean killing pilot
13th April 2018 Apokoronas News
A Hellenic Air Force Mirage 2000-5 jet crashed into the Aegean Sea Thursday near the coast
of Skyros Island killing the pilot, a 34 year old man Georgios Baltadoros, father of two children.
The plane crashed after intercepting Turkish jets in the Aegean but the Greek Defense
Ministry said that the crash was not connected to the interception as there was no dogfight.
“According to the information the military authorities have, [the pilot] was returning after
interception of two Turkish jets. There was no dogfight,” Greek Deputy Defense Minister Fotis
Kouvelis said, adding that by the time the Greek plane arrived to engage, the Turkish jets had
left the Greek airspace.
The Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim on Thursday expressed condolences for the loss of
the pilot on behalf of the Turkish president and himself to his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras
Sputnik press agency reports.i
24 hour strike to dock ferries on Wednesday 18 April 2018
Ferryboats across the country will stay at port on Wednesday, April 18, after the union of
Greek dockworkers (PNO) voted for a 24-hour strike for all ship categories.
The strike will start at 6 a.m. on 18 April and end at 6 a.m. the following day.
The action was reportedly prompted by a Shipping Ministry decision allowing cargo ships to
sail with the minimum number of crew required for safety thereby threatening hundreds of jobs.
PNO vowed an escalation unless the measure is withdraw
Saharan dust covers Crete
23rd March 2018 Apokoronas News
Crete was covered in the heaviest cloud of dust of the last 10 years, with concentrations
of PM10 particulates reaching 500 mg/m3.
A total of 25 people were admitted to hospitals with respiratory problems across Crete,
(17 in Heraklion and 4 in each Rethymnon and Chania).
The dust has receded with changing winds but the concentration of particulates remains
Wind direction is expected to turn southerly again on Monday, but not of the intensity
experienced on Thursday when winds reached 60 mph, and with it the probability of more
Authorities once again, advise vulnerable groups to avoid outdoor activities.
Greece launches tender for Crete power link project
12th April 2018 ekathimerini
Greece’s power grid operator has launched an international open tender for a project linking
the island of Crete to the mainland grid via undersea cables, the Energy Ministry said on
The project linking Crete to the Peloponnese peninsula is part of a 2-billion-euro, 10-year
investment plan to connect some of Greece’s islands to the mainland.
The tender, via an e-auction, will be awarded to “the most economically advantageous offer,
based solely on the lowest price,” the ministry said.
The Crete link is expected to be completed by 2020 and is budgeted to cost 324 million euros,
the ministry said. Crete will also be connected to Athens in a later phase.