The Parliament approved all individual provisions of the social security reform bill yesterday, after its endorsement in principle, on July 7. The bill - heavily criticized for sharply paring down the country’s welfare state by increasing the retirement age and reducing benefits - was backed by 159 deputies in the 300-seat house.

The legislation is considered by analysts as a major test of the government's ability to overhaul the Greek economy and constitutes a prerequisite for the second tranche of the EU-IMF loan.

Addressing the parliamentary debate just prior to the vote, Prime Minister ...
Deputy Foreign Minister Spyros Kouvelis is on a two-day official visit (July 8-9) to Washington, during which he is expected to have a series of meetings with his U.S. counterparts on bilateral economic and trade cooperation issues.

He is to meet also with the representatives of the Greek-American community while yesterday he gave a speech at the Woodrow Wilson Centre, on "Greening the Mediterranean: Greek foreign policy against the backdrop of the Financial Crisis."
The association of “Young Entrepreneurs - Junior Achievement” (YE-JA) is a non governmental organization founded in November 2005 upon the initiative of the Hellenic Federation of Enterprises and comprises 57 members from the Greek business world.

The organisation’s aim is to provide incentives for innovating projects undertaken by young entrepreneurs. Every year, the association organises a school competition for the best business plan of a virtual enterprise.

The winner represents Greece at the European competition, which will be hosted in Italy on July 20. The first Greek prize was

Looking Ahead
A new strategic plan for the support of Greek language learning in Greece and abroad was the focus of debates at an International Workshop on Greek Language and Linguistic Training, organized by the Centre for the Greek Language held from June 28 to 30 in Thessaloniki, with the participation of 60 Greek and Foreign linguists.

On the occasion, Education, Life-long Learning and Religious Affairs minister Anna Diamantopoulou said that the establishment of a National Council for the Greek Language would help draw a comprehensive strategy.

Creating an organization, similar to the


The National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens is presenting until September 5, an exhibition by internationally acclaimed Chinese artist Yang Fudong. The exhibition includes the complete five-part epic cinematic cycle Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, the recent six-channel video installation East of Que Village, the monumental 10-channel video installation Close to the Sea, as well as the earlier film Liu Lan.


Pina Bausch Encore
Pina Bausch’s dance theatre, Tanztheater Wuppertal, will be at the Athens Concert Hall on July 13 to 15, presenting the
Greece is on the right track, concluded the "troika" (European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank) following their visit in Athens from June 14 to 17. The interim review published yesterday by the European Commission highlighted that the fiscal consolidation is in line with the macroeconomic target, despite the fact that an increasing inflation rate is yet to be controlled.

According to the review, there has been significant progress in fiscal structural reforms, with effective measures taken against tax evasion and the creation of a single payment
  • The World’s Libraries
Browsing the library catalogues of the most famous libraries around the world, the visitor may notice that the largest category of bibliographic items refers to Greek books. In the Sorbonne University’s library alone, some 20,000 items are registered. Most of the entries date back to the Renaissance era, which inaugurated a revitalized interest for the Greek studies.

  •  Greek Studies & Libraries
It is not uncommon for a university library to boast a vast collection of Greek bibliography. Approximately 450 "academic enclaves" of Greek studies attract students to
The City of Athens Cultural Organisation has presented its programme of cultural activities and events which will run throughout the summer months.

The main features of Cultural Summer 2010 is the 'Culture for All' programme – including 282 events- the Athens Festival with 114 events, the 8th Athens International Dance Festival and the City of Athens Music Ensembles concerts.
  • 8th Athens International Dance Festival
The 8th Athens International Dance Festival is being staged at the Technopolis venue until July 18, featuring some of Europe's best dance troupes.

The Gelabert Azzopardi Companyia
The Municipality of Olympia is organizing the International Festival of Olympia, spanning from June until the end of August 2010.

The festival will host theatrical performances, documentary screenings and the innovative Earth, Wind and Music Festival from July 14 -18. The latter is an eco- friendly event which aims at using art and music in order to raise environmental awareness by organising three major ecological concerts without consuming electric power.

Famous artists such as Stavros Xarhakos-Elli Paspala and Haris and Panos Katsimihas are participating in this vanguard happening in
The 14th Rockwave Festival opens today, "mixing it up" with a unique recipe to quench the thirst of the most demanding audience, at the Terra Vibe Park. Concerts will follow on the weekend (July 10-11).
This year’s line-up includes The Black Eyed Peas, Gogol Bordello, Fatboy Slim, Massive Attack, along with Yiannis Aggelakas and Κ.ΒΗΤΑ.

The Rockwave Festival is an annual three-day event that first took place in 1996, having proven to be a huge success both with the younger crowds as well as older rock music fans.