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Greece Unveils Labor Bill with Emphasis on Working Hours Flexibility

Greece unveiled a new labor bill which the government says it aims to increase competitiveness through more flexible working hours.

Greece Launches Massive Reforestation Program

The Greek Minister of the Environment and Energy Kostis Hatzidakis recently announced the launch of Greece's largest reforestation campaign. The reforestation effort would lead to the planting of over 30 million trees over a period of 10 years. Planting will start...

Greek Environmental and Energy Ministry Buys Electric Cars and Bicycles for Staff

Greece's Environment and Energy Ministry received the first electric cars and bicycles that will be used exclusively by the ministry's staff on Friday. Environment and Energy Minister Kostis Hatzidakis stated "We have an ambitious green agenda and we must prove...

Greece Vows to Wage War Against Plastic Pollution

The Greek government announced a campaign on Wednesday to tackle pollution from plastics, and promised to completely ban single-use plastics by June of 2021. "Thirty-nine tons of plastic waste end up in the sea in Greece (every day) and a...

Restricting TV Channels to Four will Reduce Diversity in the Media, ND's Hatzidakis Says

With just four television channels broadcasting, competition and diversity in the media will be adversely affected while the state will lose an estimated 30 million in revenues for each channel every year, main opposition New Democracy's Vice-President Kostis Hatzidakis...

Deal on Primary Residence Auctions in Greek Parliament

Greek Minister of Growth, Kostis Hatzidakis, will present in Parliament the draft of the regulation related to the primary residence auctions. Protection is only available to residences with a maximum value of 200,000 euros, on condition that the annual family...

Time Running Out on Foreclosed Homes

On July 25, the European Commission will announce the assessment report of the Greek program which is expected to contain the reference to lift the current ban on auctioning primary residence from January 1, 2014. Minister of Development, Kostis Hatzidakis,...

Hatzidakis Blames Manitakis For ERT Shutdown

In an interview withthe German newspaper Die Welt, the Minister for Development & Competitiveness Kostis Hatzidakis indirectly accused former Interior Minister Antonis Manitakis for the state public broadcaster ERT’s closing down, even though Manitakis had opposed it. “Given the fact...

Vodafone-Wind Joint Investment Deal

The heads of the mobile operators Vodafone Greece and Wind Hellas, had a meeting on June 26 with the Prime Minister, Antonis Samaras, in order to inform him about their cooperation, which means a great investment for Greece and...

New Panepistimiou Street Completed by 2016

By the end of 2016 the project on the creation of a new city center around Panepistimiou Street is to be completed. It is an ambitious project which is to be funded with 90 million euros from the regional development...