Due to a general strike throughout the country tomorrow, the Greek News Agenda will be back on Friday, July 9.
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Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou, expressed "reserved optimism" concerning the country’s financial situation since the Greek economy is "on the right track” and the first tangible results "send a significant message" to the Greek society and the international markets alike.

Citing data for the state budget at a press conference yesterday, Papaconstantinou pointed to a 41,6 % reductionin the budget deficit and stressed that state revenues increased by 6,9% and expenses diminished by 15.4% compared against the target of 4.8%.

The Greek government is determined to cut the fiscal
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The President of the newly-established Hellenic Statistics Authority (ELSTAT) as well as 3 members of the Board were approved by the Hellenic Parliament by a four-fifths majority, reads an announcement by the Ministry of Finance.

The Board includes Andreas Georgiou (President), Nikolaos Logothetis (Vice-President), Zoe Georganta, and Andreas Filippou. The job openings had been advertised extensively in Greece and abroad, and the candidates were evaluated according to criteria stipulated in the law establishing the Hellenic Statistics Authority.
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A day conference (see photo gallery) held today, was organised  by the Secretariat General of Communication-Information.

A number of deputy ministers and general secretaries from the ministries of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping, Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Tourism Development, and Infrastructure, Transport and Networks briefed representatives of media from the island of Crete on the government’s initiatives.

Addressing the event,  Government spokesman George Petalotis noted that Greek regional media representatives would be encouraged to travel to the EU for an exchange of
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new ferry-boat service linking the island of Lemnos in the North-eastern Aegean with the seaport of Çanakkale, in Turkey began operation on June 17 following the signing of a protocol between the prefectural authorities of the respective regions.

Ferries leave Çanakkale at 19:00 on Thursdays and Fridays and from Lemnos at 07:00 on Fridays and Saturdays. The journey lasts two hours and 15 minutes. The new service is expected to enhance tourism between the two coasts of the Aegean.
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"This is Athens" is an initiative of Breathtakingathens.com that invites readers to upload images of places in the city to create the largest photo collection of Athens ever made."
This photo-stream is not a mere collection of photos: it is a "never-ending medley of emotions and experiences."

For more information, please visit thisisathens.org.
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  • Technologies of Sustainable Management
The Patras Science Park is holding a three-day conference on "Technologies of Sustainable Management, Processing, and Utilisation of Water and Fluid Waste," in collaboration with the regional authority of Western Greece which opens on July 7.
Patras Science Park: Conference Programme

  • Euro-American Council Congress
The Euro-American Women’s Council (EAWC) is holding its 14th world congress in Athens. Running through July 14, the opening ceremony will take place today at Zappeion Hall. This year’s event on "Women Lead the Way on Green Energy and
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DESTE Foundation, in collaboration with the Municipality of Hydra Island - which has granted the foundation its old slaughterhouse – has established the so-called "Slaughterhouse project."

While the space has been recently restored and renovated, it still holds the features and traits of the past, preserving the original elements of its old identity. Since 2009, the slaughterhouse serves as DESTE’s new project space where the Foundation hosts contemporary art exhibitions.

Every year, the space is assigned to a different artist, who is invited to stage a site-specific exhibition. For 2010
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Crete, land of Daidalos and Ikaros, is the largest island of Greece, separating the Aegean from the Libyan Sea and marking the boundary between Europe and Africa. On Crete, the scenery is constantly changing.

Majestic mountains rise in its centre –the Lefka Ori, Psiloritis, Dikti- full of legends and history, while its plateaus are split by deep gorges, ending up in lush valleys.

This island’s fertile soil and towering peaks witnessed the development of one of the most important civilizations on earth, the Minoan (2800-1150 B.C.).

With its clear, warm sea, boundless beaches lined with
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The European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide the Greek government with €2 billion in loans to fund long-term, key projects, including the construction of a new railway line stretching across the country.

This is the largest ever EIB loan to Greece noted Vice-President Plutarchos Sakellaris, who signed the deal with Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou and Economy Minister Louka Katseli in Athens. The loan is in line with the European Union's strategy for Long Term growth known as Europe 2020.

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