Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas participated yesterday at the European Union General Affairs Council, which convened in Luxembourg and discussed, among other issues, the situation in Kyrgyzstan, developments in Gaza as well as the Western Balkans.
Speaking to the press afterwards, Droutsas stressed that Greece and Cyprus have undertaken a joint effort to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza and explore the possibility of establishing a mechanism for humanitarian aid to be provided to the area, in agreement with Israel, the Palestinian Authority and important actors in the
The experts from the European Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank, who came yesterday to Athens to monitor the progress of the stability programme, expressed optimism that Greece will successfully implement its deficit-cutting plan. Although there is mounting concern about inflation, "we are optimistic […] and we are proceeding as normal," European Commission spokesman Amandeu Altafaj said.
In addition, the Ministry of Finance announced that the downgrade of the country’s credit rating does not reflect in any way Greece’s progress over the past months or
Environment, Energy and Climate Change Minister Tina Birbili heralded a project yesterday dubbed Athens-Attica 2014, for the environmental regeneration of the city and its suburbs over the next four years, outlining the ministry's priorities concerning the capital and surrounding countryside.
Plans include the creation of more car-free zones, green spaces, bicycle lanes as well as upgrading dilapidated squares. The ministry is planning to hold six competitions for architects.
The successful candidates will be appointed to a series of projects, including the creation of two bicycle lanes,
The Gennadius Library is holding a group art exhibition featuring commissioned works by 65 local artists who were inspired by the personality and the world of the founder of the Library, Johannes Gennadius (1844-1932).
The works will be on display inside the Library and in the surrounding gardens, until June 26. The artworks are for sale and part of the proceeds will benefit the Library.
Born in Athens, in 1844, to George Gennadius, Johannes Gennadius was an eminent diplomat and scholar, who donated his personal library, containing approximately 30,000 rare volumes to the American School of
The 19th Nafplion Festival kicks off on June 18 and will run to June 27.
This year’s festival - the artistic director of which is noted pianist Yannis Vakarelis - is honouring Switzerland, Poland and their artists.
In its 19th successive year, the Nafplion Festival features a panorama of unique musical performances staged at four of the city's major venues: the Venetian fortress Palamidi, the first Hellenic Parliament building (Vouleftikon) and St George Square; as well as a host of parallel events.

See Greek News Agenda (30.4.2010): Spring Short Breaks: Nafplio

The Silva Project, Corfu
Sylvia Dimitriades – Steen, a child psychologist and teacher of methodologies for children with special needs at the University of Geneva, founded the Silva Project on the island of Corfu aiming at protecting the endangered Skyrian pony.
Another project being run on the same estate is therapeutic riding for children with physical, mental, and emotional disabilities.As the founder explains that horses have been used for healing since antiquity.
In the last decades, there has been an increase in the development of large therapeutic riding centres in the UK, Germany,
Prime Minister George Papandreou visited Vienna on June 11 to attend the 2010 IIF Spring Membership Meeting of the Institute of International Finance -a global association of the world's top financial institutions.
Addressing the meeting, Papandreou reaffirmed that Greece will honour its contract with the financial community, by following its fiscal consolidation programme already on track.
"We have taken tough but necessary decisions […] and we are now witnessing the first signs that we are turning the corner," said the premier in his speech.
"Greece has tremendous growth potential waiting to
Keeping a close eye on developments in the Greek economy, the Ministry of Finance issues a monthly newsletter.
This month’s issue reports on the Hellenic Privatisation Programme announced on June 2, aiming at attracting private investment that puts to good use the know-how of the private sector while safeguarding public interest and state shareholdings in strategic and national security assets.
Ministry of Finance: Hellenic SPG Newsletter (archive)
The Odessa Branch of the Hellenic Foundation for Culture features an exhibition under the title "Greece forever," which opened on June 3 and will run until July 3.
Nina Fedorova uses a variety of different techniques with the aim of presenting the European façade of the Greek culture. Her ceramics and drawings evoke the heat of the Greek earth and sun, while the colours of her paintings are reminiscent of the Greek landscapes.
Mobile Business
A conference on "Mobile Business" opened in Athens yesterday, organised by the Athens University of Economics and Business (13-15.6).
The 9th International Conference on Mobile Business and the 9th Global Mobility Roundtable are two prominent, business-focused international conferences, bringing together academics, and practitioners from across the globe in an annual forum to debate ongoing developments and advance scholarship in the field. The theme of the combined conference is "Innovation and Social Transformation through Mobility."

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