A cross-border police cooperation agreement was signed in Sofia on Wednesday by visiting Greek Citizens' Protection Minister Mihalis Chryssohoidis and Bulgarian Interior Minister Cvetan Cvetanov.
The agreement aims at combating cross-border organized crime through a framework of closer cooperation and information exchange.
Speaking to reporters, Chrysohoidis characterized the two countries as "strategic allies," and reaffirmed Greece’s support to Bulgaria’s bid to join the Schengen area. He stated that after the recent inauguration of the Zlatograd-Thermes border crossing in Thrace,
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The Hellenic-Chinese Business Forum 2010 "The future of Hellenic – Chinese Business Cooperation" is being held today and tomorrow in Athens.

The event is organised by the Hellenic-Chinese Chamber under the auspices of three ministries (Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping, Environment, Energy and Climate Change, as well as Rural Development and Food), the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping and the Hellenic Institute of Marine Technology (H.I.M.T.).
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In the south Peloponnese in Messinia Prefecture, the Costa Navarino resort recently opened its doors to visitors. Built by the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian Sea, it is the first of its kind in Greece.
With a commitment to environmental responsibility, Costa Navarino boasts two pioneering environmental developments: the Environmental Observatory - which is dedicated to the study of climate change - and the Natura Hall (opening in 2011), an interactive exhibition centre developed to raise awareness of environmental issues.
By installing the biggest geothermal system of its kind in
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At the junction of the Ionian with the Aegean Seas, the Greek mainland fades into turquoise waters, and Messinia combines Mediterranean beauty with virgin exoticism.
The road to Kalamata travels through the Messinian plain, ending in its capital, with an abundance of beautiful neoclassical buildings.
Situated in the heart of the Messinian Gulf and at the of the imposing Mt Taygetos, Kalamata serves as the best starting point for a wide range of exursions.
A short drive among green hills joins Kalamata with ancient Messene, one of the best-preserved cities. Koroni, a unique fortress town
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ETHNIC MUSIC

2nd Kosmos Festival
The 2nd Kosmos Festival is back in Athens and will take place on June 11 and 12 at the “Melina Mercouri” Vrahon Theatre, with some of the most notable contemporary sounds in ethnic, soul, and jazz music.
The Specials, Dub Inc and Staff Benda Bilili perform on June 11, while Ojos de Brujo, Shantel, Amparo Sanchez and the Smoking Bandits will appear June 12.
Indian Music @ Benaki Museum
Four Indian musicians, who represent the two leading styles of traditional Indian music, Dhrupad and Khayal and one of the most ethereal Kathak dancers in India will transport
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Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou on Tuesday commended what he called an "extremely significant agreement" reached by the Eurogroup over the final details of a European support mechanism. Speaking to reporters in Luxembourg after an ECOFIN meeting , the minister said that with this agreement, the eurozone was sending a message to the markets that it would defend the stability of both the single currency and the euro area.
The minister further expressed satisfaction with the positive comments made by the so-called troika - European Central Bank, EU Commission Olli Rehn and IMF -
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Alternate FM Meets Arab Ambassadors
Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas met yesterday with the ambassadors from Arab countries in Athens, with talks focusing on the role that Greece can play in the efforts to maintain peace and stability in the Mediterranean region.
The Greek side stressed the need to safeguard the Mideast Peace Process, with respect for the rules of international law, while a joint effort between Greece and Cyprus is underway to increase the flow of humanitarian aid to Gaza.

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A plan to turn an empty undersea reservoir into Greece’s largest natural gas storage facility has been unveiled by Aegean Energy, a gas and oil exploration company.
The project, budgeted at €400 million, involves pumping gas compressed at the company’s facilities in Kavala, northern Greece down a 36-km undersea pipeline into a depleted natural gas reserve.
The reservoir can be operational within the next year and a half, using existing infrastructure, Aegean Energy chairman Mathios Rigas, says.
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A Greek spot in the World Wide Web has recently been created by Microsoft Hellas.
Clicking on the website http://www.msn.gr/, users may find the latest international and Greek news, as well as information, pictures and videos on entertainment, lifestyle, events, and many more exciting topics.
They will also have free access to the popular Windows Live Messenger and Windows live Hotmail.
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Renowned Greek actor and director Andreas Voutsinas, died in Athens yesterday at the age of 77.
Voutsinas studied acting and costume design and became a member of the Actors Studios in 1957.
He directed more than 130 productions of the classical and contemporary repertoire in London, New York, Paris, as well as Greece and worked with internationally-acclaimed actors.
As an actor, he appeared in three Mel Brooks films: The Producers (1968), The Twelve Chairs (1970) and History of the World, Part 1 (1981). He also appeared in several films by European directors.
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